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Stewart A. Baker
Stewart Baker is a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC. From 2005 to 2009, he was the first assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security. His law practice covers homeland security, international trade, data protection and travel and foreign investment regulation.
As an intelligence lawyer, Baker has been general counsel of the National Security Agency and of the commission that investigated WMD intelligence failures prior to the Iraq war. He is the author of Skating on Stilts, a book on terrorism, cybersecurity and other technology issues, and he blogs about such topics on www.skatingonstilts.com.
Baker is also a distinguished fellow of the Center for National Security Law.
Shel Israel writes online and for business. He writes The Social Beat blog column at Forbes.com, and he’s working on his fifth book, The Age of Context: How it Will Change Your Work and Life, with Robert Scoble. The two previously co-authored Naked Conversations: how blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers and The Conversational Corporation, a Dow Jones eBook.
Israel is also author of Twitterville, How Businesses Can Thrive in the New Global Neighborhoods and Stellar Presentations, An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Giving Great Talks. Each of his books has received overwhelmingly favorable reviews in media and on Amazon.com. He has also contributed editorially to BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Business Insider, American Express Open Forum and many other publications.
Israel also writes bylined white papers, guest blogs and serves as a presentation coach for companies of all sizes and has served as a keynote speaker more than 80 times in venues all over the world.
Gene Kranz was born on August 17, 1933, in Toledo, OH, and received his BS degree in aeronautical engineering from Parks College of Saint Louis University in 1954.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 1954, and flew high-performance jet fighter aircraft, including the F-80, F-86 and the F-100. In 1958, he worked as a flight test engineer at Holloman AFB in New Mexico, for McDonnell Aircraft, developing the Quail Decoy Missile for the B-47 and B-52 aircraft. He was discharged from the Air Force Reserve as a captain in 1972.
In 1960, Kranz joined the NASA Space Task Group at Langley, VA, and was assigned as assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He assumed flight director duties for all Project Gemini Missions, and was the branch chief for Flight Control Operations.
Kranz was selected as division chief for Flight Control in 1968, and continued his duties as flight director for the Apollo Program. He was the flight director for many Apollo missions, including the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and he led the “Tiger Team” for the successful return of the Apollo 13 crew. “I don’t believe there was anyone in the audience who didn’t have ‘goose bumps’ after Gene Kranz described his harrowing day over 30 years ago. ‘Failure is not an option’ – that’s how I would describe this fearsome and talented man.”
He performed as both a flight director and flight operations director for the Skylab Program, and, at its conclusion, was assigned as deputy director of flight operations with responsibility for space flight planning, training and mission operations, aircraft operations and astronaut operations.
In 1983, Kranz was assigned as director of Mission Operations, with responsibilities for all aspects of mission design, testing, planning, training and spaceflight operations. He was also responsible for the design, development, maintenance and operations of all related mission facilities, as well as the preparation of the Shuttle flight software. In this capacity, he was responsible for over 6,000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $750 million.
Kranz retired from NASA in March 1994 after 37 years of federal service. His current activities include consulting and motivational speaking to professional, civic and youth groups. He is also a flight engineer on a B-17 “Flying Fortress,” performing at air shows throughout the U.S. Since retirement from NASA, he has also built an aerobatic biplane.
Kranz was a co-recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Nixon for the Apollo 13 mission, and was designated a Distinguished Member of the Senior Executive Service by President Reagan.
He is a New York Times best selling author. His book, Failure Is Not An Option (2000), chronicles his work in Mission Control, from Project Mercury through Apollo 13 and beyond. The book was selected by the History Channel as the basis for a documentary program on Mission Control. It was broadcast as a two-hour special in August 2003. He was also the author of the “Spaceflight” section of the 1984 and 1988 editions of the World Book Encyclopedia.
Kranz is married to the former Marta I. Cadena of Eagle Pass, TX. They are the parents of six children.
Special honors include:
- NASA’s Ambassador of Exploration Award, 2006
- Honorary doctor of engineering degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1996
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Lawrence Sperry Award, 1967, and Theodore Von Karman lectureship, 1994
- American Astronautical Society AAS Fellow, 1982 and Spaceflight Award,1987
- The National Space Club Astronautics Engineer of the Year Award, 1992
- Downtown Jaycees of Washington, DC, Arthur S. Fleming Award (named one of ten outstanding young men in government service), 1970
- Saint Louis University Alumni Merit Award, 1968, and Founders Award, 1993
- North Galveston County Jaycees Robert R. Gilruth Award, 1988
- Recipient of the 1995 History of Aviation Award for the "Safe return of the Apollo 13 Crew”
- Louis Bauer Lecturer, Aerospace Medical Association, 2000
- Selected for “2004 Gathering of Eagles” honoring aerospace and aviation pioneers at the Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB in Alabama
- Inducted into the Space Hall of Fame in 2012
- Distinguished Service Medal, 1970, 1982 and 1988
- Outstanding Leadership Medal, 1973 and 1993
- Exceptional Service Medal, 1969 and 1970
- SES Meritorious Executive, 1980, 1985 and 1992
Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist and author. He is best known for his popular blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technical evangelist at Microsoft.
Scoble is working on an upcoming book, The Age of Context, with Shel Israel, which will explore contextualization as an emerging force in technology and business.
Howard Schmidt serves as a partner in the strategic advisory firm Ridge Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cybersecurity. He serves in this position with Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as executive director of the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode).
Schmidt brings together talents in business, defense, intelligence, law enforcement, privacy, academia and international relations gained from a distinguished career spanning 40 years.
He served as special assistant to the president and the cybersecurity coordinator for the federal government. In this role, Schmidt was responsible for coordinating interagency cybersecurity policy development and implementation and for coordinating engagement with federal, state, local, international and private-sector cybersecurity partners.
Previously, Schmidt was the president and CEO of the Information Security Forum (ISF). Before ISF, he served as vice president and chief information security officer and chief security strategist for eBay Inc., and formerly operated as the chief security officer for Microsoft Corp. He also served as chief security strategist for the US-CERT Partners Program for the Department of Homeland Security.
Schmidt also brings to bear over 26 years of military service. Beginning active duty with the Air Force, he later joined the Arizona Air National Guard. With the AF he served in a number of military and civilian roles culminating as supervisory special agent with the Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He finished his last 12 years as an Army Reserve Special Agent with Criminal Investigation Division’s (CID) Computer Crime Unit, all while serving over a decade as police officer with the Chandler Police Department.
Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management (MAOM) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters. He was an adjunct professor at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center, a professor of research at Idaho State University, and adjunct distinguished fellow with Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab and a distinguished fellow of the Ponemon Privacy Institute.
Additionally, Schmidt is a Ham Radio operator (W7HAS), a private pilot, outdoorsman and avid Harley-Davidson rider.