Space2inspire: Dynamic Leadership Across Time and Space
DR. SIAN PROCTOR will share her unique space story and how she learned to overcome imposter syndrome and became the first black female pilot of a spacecraft. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down how preparation, persistence, opportunity, and responsibility have transformed her life and how you can use your unique space to inspire those within your reach and beyond.
Space2inspire: A Renaissance Roadmap to the Future of Education
DR. SIAN PROCTOR will share her unique space story while engaging in a thought-provoking and inspiring discussion on how we are currently writing the narrative of human spaceflight and how that has implications for the future of education. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down how Open Educational Resources and the evolving Web3 space are rapidly transforming the way we learn, live, work, and play as we extend humanity to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
Earthlight Impact: An Orbital Perspective on Sustainability
DR. SIAN PROCTOR will share her unique space story and how experiencing Earthlight impacted her perspective as a geoscientist and environmentalist. In this motivating keynote, she breaks down how solving for space actually solves for Earth as she invites the audience to discover ways in which they can make a difference for themselves and our planet.
Manifesting a J.E.D.I. Space (Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive)
DR. SIAN PROCTOR will share her unique space story and how she has found her authentic voice through a life-long journey of exploration and discovery. In this motivating keynote, she will take participants into a future centered around creating a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space (J.E.D.I. space) both on Earth and beyond.
The Art of Inspiration
DR. SIAN PROCTOR will share her unique space story and how she won her seat to space as an artist and poet. In this inspiring keynote, she will take participants on a journey of discovery, loss, perseverance, and celebration through the sharing of her stunning Afrofuturism art and the reading of her poetry.
Dr. Sian Proctor receives rave reviews from groups of all kinds for her deeply inspiring engagements
Civilian astronaut and renaissance woman DR. SIAN PROCTOR encourages individuals to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths to inspire those within their reach and beyond through her motto, Space2inspire. Dr. Proctor made history as a member of the world’s first all-civilian orbital mission to space Inspiration4, for which she served as the mission pilot – the first Black woman ever to do so. She is in demand for her insights about her unique space story, her work as a multidisciplinary artist, her thought leadership around creating Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive (J.E.D.I.) spaces, and more.
Dr. Proctor has been sought after by groups like Schibsted Media Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Credit Suisse, Yahoo, Paysend, the University of Arizona, and many more. She regularly receives rave reviews for her deeply inspiring engagements, such as:
Civilian astronaut Sian Proctor inspires us to dream big and persevere
Renaissance woman and civilian astronaut DR. SIAN PROCTOR wrote a poem to win her spot on the Inspiration4 spacecraft, painted art from space, and, not least of all, was the pilot of the spacecraft – the first Black woman ever to do so. Since landing back on Earth, Dr. Proctor has been everywhere in the media, from the practically real-time Netflix documentary Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space to The New York Times to TIME, the Today Show, Good Morning America, People, The Independent, NPR, Space.com, Ms. Magazine, and more. National Geographic says: “Sian Proctor doesn’t give up… Now Proctor has not only made it to orbit, she has made history. She won her seat on the all-private Inspiration4 mission by impressing a panel of judges with her artistry, her panache, and her efforts to promote what she calls JEDI space—a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive vision of space exploration for humanity.” Even Michelle Obama shared that the Inspiration4 crew was “…representing what it means to be America. It is all of us — showing courage, taking risks on behalf of everyone else,” as People reported.
Dr. Proctor is a science educator and geoscientist having appeared on History Channel, Discovery, and National Geographic, and partaking in several analog space missions, including a NASA-financed four-month mission in a small structure on the side of a volcano in Hawaii, to simulate conditions on Mars. Dr. Proctor is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. She is an expert on the science of disasters, and how to predict, prevent and recover.
Dr. Sian Proctor is a commercial astronaut, geoscience professor, artist, author, and science communicator. She became the first woman commercial spaceship pilot on the SpaceX Inspiration4 spaceflight. On September 15, 2021, as pilot of the Inspiration4's SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, Proctor became the first African-American woman to pilot a spaceship spending 3-days in orbit. She is also the first African American commercial astronaut and received her FAA commercial astronaut wings in 2021. She was also the education outreach officer for the first Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission.
Post-Inspiration4, Sian Proctor has become a noted afrofurist artist, poet and author with her company Space2inspire. Proctor is the first African American astronaut to paint in space. She is a geoscience professor with the Maricopa Community Colleges where she specializes in teaching sustainability and the science of disasters. She is currently serving as a member of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group (UAG) under Vice President Harris and is assigned to the STEM workforce and Climate Change subcommittees.
Her motto is Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique strengths and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes that we need to actively strive for a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (J.E.D.I.) space as we advance human spaceflight.