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Take The Lead Presents: Virtual Happy Hour series, seeks to change the narrative from problems to solutions through thought leadership.

Pioneering Women

Join us on Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30 pm ET when we'll be joined by pioneering women in science. We'll sit down with two of the engineers and scientist who played a integral role in the 1977 Voyager space missions. Fran Bagenal and Linda Morabito will stop by for a live chat to discuss what it was like to be a part of the groundbreaking NASA exploration mission, the new PBS documentary The Farthest: Voyager in Space, and how women continue to make their mark on the history of space exploration. Then, Sophia Mahfooz will share how she went from being a refugee to the COO of Girls in Tech.

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FRAN BAGENAL is a Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and a researcher in the fields of space plasmas and planetary magnetospheres. She has participated in many of NASA’s planetary exploration missions, including Galileo, Deep Space 1 and the Voyager mission to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. On the Voyager mission, Bagenal worked on the science team for the MIT Voyager plasma instrument. Bagenal is currently Co-investigator on the New Horizons missions to Pluto as well as the chair of the Magnetospheres working group for the Juno mission to Jupiter. Professor Bagel also currently chairs NASA;s Outer Planet Assessment Group that provides input from the scientific community on exploration of the outer solar system.

SOPHIA MAHFOOZ is a British-Afghan entrepreneur based in San Francisco. Currently, as COO of Girls in Tech, Sophia runs program deployment and operations across six continents, working to ensure that women around the world have access to resources and curriculum to succeed at every stage in their career, as well as working closely with strategic governments, corporations and startups to ensure that diversity reaches every facet of society.

Prior to this, Sophia was heavily involved in the tech and education industry in the US and the UK. She has been involved with the Department of Education and the House of Lords in Parliament to ensure to ensure that resources are provided to the underserved and diaspora communities. She has founded a startups and has been awarded at Global Entrepreneurs Challenge amongst other institutions for her work.

LINDA MORABITO joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1973 as a temporary summer employee and then again in 1974 after securing her undergraduate degree in Astronomy. Linda worked as a senior engineer in the Outer Planet and Navigation Section until 1981. In 1979, Linda discovered that the moon of Jupiter moon called Io was geologically alive, far more volcanically active than even the Earth. For her work in space exploration and discovering the volcanic plume emanating from an active volcano on Io, Linda was awarded three NASA Group Achievement Awards, for Voyager Flight Operations, Navigation Team; Voyager Mission Operations System Design, Ground Data Systems Development; Voyager Mission Design, Ephemeris Development, and NASA’s Certificate of Appreciation. Her discovery is considered by some planetary scientists as the largest discovery of the planetary exploration program that has come out of Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Morabito is currently an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Victor Valley College. She is also the author of a memoir, Parallel Universes, a Memoir from the Edges of Space and Time.


Gloria Feldt

GLORIA FELDT is the Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead, has been an advocate for women for forty years. A former teen mom, her hard work and natural leadership abilities led her to a 30-year career at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, including a 10-year stint as its national president and CEO. People Magazine has called her “the voice of experience,” and Vanity Fair named her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers.”

When she discovered that women have been stuck at 18 percent of top leadership positions for two decades, she knew she had to find a way to change that. The result: she wrote the bestselling book No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power to give women practical Power Tools that break down their unconscious barriers to greater personal and professional success. In 2014, she founded Take The Lead, an initiative to bring women to leadership parity by 2025.

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