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WIT Her Story: Shelli Brunswick

Meet Shelli Brunswick.

Shelli Brunswick, COO of Space Foundation, brings a broad perspective and deep vision of the global space ecosystem — from a distinguished career as a space acquisition and program management leader and congressional liaison for the U.S. Air Force to her current role overseeing Space Foundation’s three primary divisions: Center for Innovation and Education, Symposium 365, and Global Alliance.

She has published articles in consumer, technology, and space-related journals, including SpaceNews and Forbes Technology Council. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker. She has delivered more than 100 speeches and presentations in 2022 alone on navigating career success and workforce development to audiences in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North and South America. As a thought leader, she is invited to speak at various think tanks, such as the Hudson Institute and the Wilson Center, to discuss innovation, technology, and workforce development. And she has participated in research projects for both NASA and ESA to better understand the future of the global space system and its implications over the coming decades.

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to be in the same career field? 

1. Take advantage of every opportunity.
2. Try Anyway: even when the odds are against you, don’t give up.
3. And don’t fear the unknown.

It was an amazing honor to be the Commencement Speaker at my alma mater, Colorado State University-Pueblo, on May 8th, 2022 at both the 8:30 am and 12:00 pm ceremonies.

I am grateful to President Timothy Mottet and the faculty for this invitation. This is the highlight of my 28-year journey since graduating.

I had the privilege of meeting with several of the graduating students and they shared how CSU-Pueblo has created a community for them. It’s become a family. It has encouraged them to become better people. And, one of the greatest lessons they learned, is it doesn’t matter your social class or background, you have the ability to change your life.
CSU-Pueblo has given them the knowledge, skills and ability to navigate the future.

Extremely honored and humbled to have joined TEDxManitouSprings for ‘A New Era’ with the amazing — Vivian Cobb Audrey Holmgren and Michael Ashford.My talk, “What’s Space Got To Do With It?” focused on the global space ecosystem, how it benefits us every day, and how there is a place for everyone in ‘space’.A special thank you to Robert Kittridge Mikki Gates, SHRM-SCP Adam Hebert Kristen Baker Kimberly Haines, MS-HRM Braden Sherfy Angela Giles Klocke Jayme Broadnax SCP Hotel Colorado Springs

Privileged and honored to represent the United States of America at the WBAF 2022 World Congress of Angel Investors in Antalya, Turkey in Oct 2022.

As a Board Member for the Global Women Leaders Committee (GWLC) Executive Council and USA Country Office, I enjoyed catching up with fellow WBAF colleagues, Board Members, and Leaders to discuss how we can collaborate to create more access to smart finance.

I shared insights from our GWLC, ‘Access to Smart Finance – A White Paper to Shape the Future of Female Entrepreneurship’. Key findings related to financial inclusion, know-how expertise provided to women entrepreneurs from investors, mentoring/training, and access to investor networks for business scaling purposes. Also highlighted is the need for women to occupy board seats and policymaking positions, as leaders, along with encouraging more women to become investors.

As an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) is committed to collaborating globally to empower the economic development of the world by fostering innovative financial instruments for startups, scaleups, innovators, entrepreneurs and SMEs and to promoting gender equality and women’s participation in all sectors of the world economy.

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