Mindy Howard, Commercial Astronaut Trainer

Creative and dynamic technical professional and people manager with 25 years of leadership in Commercial space applications, Human Factors Engineering and psychology. Extensive management experience in the space, and energy industries.

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Overview

The Brand Called You welcomes Dr. Mindy Howard, a renowned personality in the space industry and one of the few astronaut trainers in the world. Tune in to this interview to learn more about commercial astronaut training and how Mindy prepares astronauts psychologically before their space journeys. 

From being a six-year-old girl dreaming about going into space to coming very near to actualizing her lifelong dream, Mindy’s story is of hard work and perseverance. She shares her experience of being an astronaut trainer with us. But before that, she explains how astronauts can now go into space and come back in a matter of minutes.

Mindy explains the common traits of people who are best suited for commercial space travel, which includes being adventurous, challenging, extraordinary, and must have a lot of money. These people are trained physically and mentally, they are also trained under zero gravity or higher pressure conditions before going into space. 

Mindy is a TEDx speaker and was selected by NASA as a “Highly Qualified Astronaut Candidate.” In the interview, she shares how she pursued her dream till the end, from moving into a far-end country without knowing the language for her studies to becoming a Dutch citizen and applying to become an astronaut. 

However, things didn’t go as planned, Mindy persevered and found an opportunity to work at her choice of place and trained commercial astronauts that needed mental assistance. Mindy also provides psychological counseling to people on Earth. 

Profile

Creative and dynamic technical professional and people manager with 25 years of leadership in Commercial space applications, Human Factors Engineering, and psychology. Extensive management experience in the space, and energy industries. Design and delivery experience of training programs for both space and energy industries. Selected by NASA as a “Highly Qualified Astronaut Candidate”. Commercial Space entrepreneur. Ted X speaker- “Train your fear away like an astronaut”. Noteworthy presenter and cross-cultural communicator. Guest Lecturer at International Space University.

Specialties: Commercial Space Training • International Business • Engagement Skills • Business & Strategic Planning • Team Building • Team Leadership • Coaching & Development • Multi-Cultural Teams • Designing Learning and Development programs

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