The LAEDC’s Future Forum will zoom in on space commercialization. This event will bring together aerospace commercialization firms and thought leaders to explore the industry’s cutting-edge technology and workforce development needs in Los Angeles County.REGISTER NOW
Keynote & Featured Speakers
George T. Whitesides | CEO of Virgin Galactic
George T. Whitesides is the CEO of Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, and The Spaceship Company, a manufacturer of advanced space vehicles. With its innovative spacecraft, the company seeks to transform access to space to change the world for good. Prior to Virgin Galactic, George served as Chief of Staff for NASA. Upon departure from the American space agency, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the agency confers.
Steve Isakowitz | President and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation
Steve Isakowitz is a recognized leader across the government and private sectors in the fields of space and technology. Currently, he serves as president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the country’s national security and civil space programs. In this role, Mr. Isakowitz works with the U.S. government to advance the nation’s space enterprise and to develop strategies to ensure its preeminence.
Mark Davidson is a member of the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory office of the Small Business Innovation and Technology Partnerships Office and NASA’s Western Water Applications program office. He is the JPL Center Technology Transfer Lead for the NASA SBIR Program and a key contributor for the Water Applications program office in the coordination of projects with western states water managers.
Mark has held positions as the Corporate Director of Business Strategy at Northrop Grumman Corporation where he was responsible for evolving the company's portfolio strategy associated with all defense electronics including space, air, ground and maritime domains and naval systems including navigation, ship, weapons and engineering control. In this function he also participated in M&A, Joint Venture, divestitures and spin-off activities, and as a Corporate Treasurer and Head of Investor Relations at major aerospace parts distribution company.
He is a former Presidential appointee having served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs and is a retired Navy Captain. Mark holds an MBA from the U.S.C. Marshall School of Business, a Diploma from the U.S. Navy War College, and a BA in Physical Geography from U.C.L.A.