Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Mission
Why Captain Mark Kelly?
You want a combat pilot and astronaut who will discuss how an assassination attempt on his wife, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords changed his life.
Your audience will be inspired by the story of a couple, who in the face of adversity, advanced on a road to recovery that captivated the nation.
He shows how to succeed while maintaining love and devotion to family.
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About Captain Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired US Navy Captain, best-selling author, and an experienced naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War. The winner of many awards, including the Legion of Merit, two Defense Superior Service Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Kelly was selected as an astronaut in 1996. He flew his first of four missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, the same space shuttle that he commanded on its final flight in May 2011. He has also commanded Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.
Already a celebrated American, Kelly became the center of international attention after the January 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In their best-selling memoir, Gabby, the couple share their story of hope and resilience. Their story captivated the nation in an exclusive Diane Sawyer interview, Nightline and The Daily Show, as well as on the covers of People and USA Today. Kelly was featured on the cover of Esquire and named one of the magazine's 2011 "Americans of the Year." Kelly has also written a children's book, Mousetronaut: A Partially True Story, about a little mouse chosen for a space mission, released in October 2012. In 2013, on the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting, Kelly and Giffords launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence.
A sought-after keynote speaker, Mark Kelly is an American hero who inspires others to be their best while remaining true to their core values. He exemplifies leadership, the importance of teamwork, and courage under pressure.
Endeavour to Succeed On January 8, 2011, Captain Mark Kelly would face the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. His dedication to family and Giffords' road to recovery would captivate the nation. For Mark Kelly, focus equals success-even in the face of adversity. Personifying the best of the American spirit, Kelly is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions, and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication, and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed. Kelly shows audiences how to accomplish their mission while maintaining the love and devotion to family that is the foundation of true success.
Thank you so much for a truly inspiring evening. The buzz following your presentation was overwhelming and the entire Moto community agreed you were THE BEST speaker they had experienced in many years. Your personal experience is truly unique and everyone was tuned in to your sincere words which tied in beautifully to our event theme and purpose.
I cannot possibly express to you how wonderful Mark Kelly is! He is such a gentleman, and was an excellent speaker.
St. Joseph Medical Center
After MUCH searching, Captain Kelly turned out to be the perfect fit as our speaker this year. Just hearing about his personal experiences would have been compelling enough, but when combined with Gabbys incredible story of courage and hope -- he was completely riveting!