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CGU in Conversation with Michael Watkins: To infinity and beyond!

Cassini, Mars Odyssey, Deep Impact robotic space missions. The Curiosity rover to Mars.

Yes, this could be the lineup for a series of futuristic sci-fi movies; but it is also the impressive list of NASA development and review teams that have been led by our next “In Conversation” guest, Michael Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in La Cañada-Flintridge.

MIchael Watkins


Watkins, who also serves as a vice president of the California Institute of Technology, which staffs and manages JPL for NASA, has been chief scientist for JPL’s Engineering and Science Directorate, manager of JPL’s Science Division, and manager of its Navigation and Mission Design Section. He was mission manager from development through landed operations for the Mars Science Laboratory mission

Be our guest as CGU President Len Jessup talks with JPL’s Michael Watkins in a wide-ranging discussion about space travel, Mars, higher education, and the high points of Watkin’s career at JPL.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Register HERE

Coming to CGU in Conversation:

Thursday, March 26
Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems, founder of makeup brand Urban Decay, and director of Ayrshire Farms, whose mission is to farm sustainably and profitably, promoting the benefits of locally produced, humanely raised meats and organic produce to the consumer, the community, and children through education, outreach, and example. Register here.

Tuesday, April 28
Bob Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $3B capital equipment and engineering solutions firm, has led the company’s transformation from traditional management practices to what is called Truly Human Leadership—a people-centric approach where team members are valued, cared for, and an integral part of the company’s purpose. Register here.