About the presentation:
Space technologies, strategies and business applications have a lot to gain from having a women’s issues and perspectives approach. Like in many scientific disciplines the contributions from women are more and more present today. This presentation will focus on where we have been the present and future directions in the aeronautic industry.
“When I first started work (and yes we did have electricity and NO I did not go to work in a horse and buggy – car’s had been invented)…the environment for women in the workplace was much different that it is now. It was very difficult to bypass the prejudicial thinking that women did not belong in the workplace, couldn’t do anything related to mathematics or science and generally could not even dream of a senior role in business” Larisa Beach
About the speaker:
Ms. Larisa Beach, co-founder Neptec Design Group, Ottawa, in 1990, has over 35 years experience in Aerospace. As VP Space Systems & International Business Development (retired) she was responsible for expanding Neptec products globally. Through her active participation on its executive team and board of directors, she helped build Neptec into an award-winning company doing business world-wide and helped develop the successful commercialization strategy to spin off Neptec’s space technology into terrestrial markets.
As Program Manager for the NASA Space Vision System and OBSS Laser Camera System, she won NASA’s Space Flight Awareness and GEM Awards and led Neptec to win NASA’s George M. Low Award and Group Achievement awards.
Ms. Beach loves overcoming programmatic challenges and dealing with professionals from diverse international cultures.Previously, at SPAR and Leigh Instruments, her defense projects included Tactical Navigation System (TACAN) and Deployable Flight Incident Recorder (DFIRS).
She is currently an executive consultant.
A 2017 UNESCO report noted that the underrepresentation of women and girls in STEM education can be attributed, in large part, to the persistence of gender stereotypes. The report concluded that “Girls’ disadvantage is not based on cognitive ability, but in the socialisation and learning processes within which girls are raised and which shape their identity, beliefs, behaviours and choices.”