"I Want..." 2014 Conference
Bush began his career at NASA as one of the chief engineers designing the next generation space transportation vehicles including concepts to replace the Space Shuttle. Following the completion of Bush’s Ph.D. dissertation on the social and economic impacts of NASA’s research, he helped implement technology commercialization efforts that led to several successful ventures. Bush was then promoted to manage the International Space Station (ISS) Commercial Development program. In this role, he co-found and served as the Chairman of the International Space Station Multilateral Commercialization Group comprised of the five partner space agencies and 16 countries, and implemented collaborative model that helped usher in the new commercial era of space.
Prior to joining Challenger Center, Bush served as the Chief Strategic Office at Paragon Space Development Corporation, a space vehicle design and build company. In this role, he helped grow and mature the firm to become nationally recognized. As a result, Paragon was on Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Companies list every year of his five-year tenure.
Bush’s passion for education led to the creation and growth of several national and international non-profit organizations, including the Space Generation Advisory Council, the American Astronautical Society, the World Space Congress, International Space University and the Sea Space Symposium. Bush holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Penn State University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in technology policy and management from Penn State University.
Challenger Center, the education non-profit organization created as a living tribute to the seven members lost in the Challenger shuttle tragedy, is a leader in STEM education. Dedicated to engaging students and teachers in dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities, Challenger Center helps to strengthen student’s knowledge and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.
Dr. Mahone has served as executive director of School and Leadership Development, director of School Improvement and Accountability and currently director of State and Federal Programs in Prince George's County Public Schools. She has held positions as middle and high school principal, program coordinator, instructional specialist and adjunct professor at Howard University and George Washington University in Washington DC. Dr. Mahone is president and Chief Executive Officer of Visions, Inc., an educational consulting firm providing services to public and private organizations across the country. As executive advisor of a one-to-one iPad initiative, impacting over 5000 students, she is a sought after keynote speaker and presenter on the topics of blended learning environments and technologically enriched ecosystems. As a published author and educator she continues to avail herself of opportunities to share her experiences and expertise with small and large audiences who share her convictions, and the belief of Harvard University Professor, Ron Edmonds that,"We can whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interests to us¡whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven't so far".
As educator, consultant, and speaker to more than 300 institutions worldwide, he is widely considered one of the nation’s most dynamic social sector leaders, with experience in higher education, non-profit, and K-12 innovation. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on educational achievement, inclusive excellence, and chief diversity officers. He recently published "Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education," a ground breaking book focused on the strategic imperatives of access, achievement, and inclusion in the new economy. In June of 2013, he published "The Chief Diversity Officer," the first book to explicate the role of the CDO in any sector with Dr. Katrina Wade Golden of the University of Michigan.
He is senior vice president and chief educational and youth development officer for the world’s largest and oldest youth development organization, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
September 27, 2014
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
College Park Marriott Hotel
and Conference Center
3501 University Blvd E
Hyattsville, MD 20783