Sunday Opening Keynote

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Sunday, June 25, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Music City Center


Captains Mark and Scott Kelly

Rocket Men on Leadership, Teamwork and Risk Taking

Highly decorated NASA astronauts and retired U.S. Navy Captains, Mark and Scott Kelly continue to secure their place in history as true American heroes, laying the ground work for the future of space travel and exploration. From NASA's twin study and Scott's historic year in space, to flying in combat and personal reflections on dealing with tragedy, to entertaining stories only a sibling could (or would) reveal, the Kelly brothers' perspective and lessons on courage, leadership, innovation and teamwork will leave you inspired and motivated.

Being identical twins is rare, but both being astronauts is somethng else entirely. With careers as remarkable as they are similar, the Kelly brothers served in the U.S. Navy, retiring as experienced aviators and decorated Captains, prior to starting their illustrious careers with NASA in 1996.

Mark spent more than 50 days in space and commanded both the Space Shuttle Endeavor, including its final flight in 2011, and Space Shuttle Discovery. He is one of only two individuals to have visited the International Space Station on four different occassions. Mark became a center of international attention in January 2011 after the assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Their story captivated the nation and resulted in the couple becoming an unequivocal symbol of strength and perseverance. His brother Scott Kelly became America's first year-round astronaut. Scott's record-breaking Year in Space spanned from March 2015 to March 2016, during which he and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko captivated the world with live interviews and never-seen-before photos from the International Space Station. The historic mission also included NASA's groundbreaking Twins Study, monitoring Scott from space and Mark on the ground, in an unprecedented experiment to understand how space affects the human body.

Told through awe-inspiring imagery never captured before, Mark and Scott Kelly will candidly reflect on the experiences and lessons that shaped their views on teamwork and leadership, on overcoming adversities and dealing with tragedy, to personal strategies for harnessing courage and adapting to change, as well as the importance of space exploration and the pursuit of putting a man on Mars.