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1st U.S. military woman in space, Susan Helms, leads 3rd annual STEAM Career Conference

Helms joins other STEAM professionals at conference for 6th – 12th grade girls

LAS VEGAS (October 21, 2020)   Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is pleased to announce Susan Helms, a member of the space shuttle Endeavour crew and the first U.S. military woman in space, as the keynote speaker at the 3rd annual STEAM Career Conference. Held virtually this year on Nov 7, the conference is sponsored by Cox Communications. All 6th – 12th grade girls are invited to attend.

Lt Gen (Ret) Susan Helms is the creator and owner of an independent consulting company, Orbital Visions, LLC, in Colorado Springs, CO. She is also on the Board of Directors for Concho Resources, Inc. (CXO) and a Trustee for the Aerospace Corporation.

General Helms was commissioned from the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAF) in 1980 with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, and she later earned an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University. She is also a distinguished graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School (Flight Test Engineer Course). She has served as an F-15 and F-16 weapons separation engineer and as a flight test engineer for the CF-18 with the Canadian Forces in Cold Lake, Alberta. She has also commanded the 45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB/Cape Canaveral, FL, the 14th Air Force, and the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command. After almost 36 years of military service, she retired in 2014.

Selected by NASA in January 1990, General Helms became an astronaut in July 1991. On January 13, 1993, then an Air Force major and a member of the space shuttle Endeavour crew, she became the first U.S. military woman in space. She flew on STS-54 (1993), STS-64 (1994), STS-78 (1996), and STS-101 (2000), and served aboard the International Space Station as a member of the Expedition-2 crew (2001). A veteran of five space flights, General Helms has logged 211 days in space, including a spacewalk of eight hours and 56 minutes, a world record.

General Helms received the R.L. Jones Award for Top Engineer Graduate at the USAF Test Pilot School. She has also been recognized for her overall accomplishments in the space professional community including: Women of Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award (2002), Thomas D. White Space Award for Outstanding Contributions to Space (2008), and Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductee (2011).

To learn more about the conference, keynote and other speakers, and how to register, visit

About Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada:

Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEAM Education, Outdoor Experiences, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship Opportunities. GSSNV serves the four Southern-most counties in Nevada: Clark, Lincoln, Nye, & Esmeralda, as well as the Southern California counties of Inyo and San Bernardino (eastern border).

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