Jamaal Wilkes will be a morning keynote speaker for, "Successful under fire: Lessons for being your best in crunch time." Wilkes, a former NBA Laker, is currently president of Jamaal Wilkes Financial Advisors, a company that offers comprehensive investment planning and management services to foundations, business owners/entrepreneurs, affluent professionals and non-profit organizations. Three women scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena-Ashley Stroupe, Jaime Waydo and Ruth Fragoso-will be the luncheon keynote speakers.
Stroupe will talk about her experiences working in operations for the Mars Exploration Rovers, a pair of robotic geologists looking for signs of water on Mars in hopes of determining if Mars ever supported a habitable environment. Stroupe will also briefly discuss the current combined efforts of developing the next generation of robotic planetary explorers, including climbing and construction. Waydo, a lead mechanical engineer for the rover mobility system, will speak about NASA's next rover mission planned for a fall 2009 launch.