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Women Out of This World: Women in Space (SVForum Tech Women Event)

September 25, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-7

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins welcome.

Many people believe the end of NASA’s shuttle program was the end of the space world.  Au contraire- the private sector – in partnership with NASA- is advancing exploration and development of extra-terrestial domains faster and cheaper than was possible before. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the world of commercial space.  Come meet some of the women involved in this expanding industry.


Khaki Rodway,  Director- Payload Sales & Operations, XCor – Khaki Rodway has been the Program Manager at XCOR Aerospace for six years. Her primary focus is managing XCOR’s government and government-related commercial contracts. She also oversees XCOR’s marketing communications, as well as writing the company’s technical reports, papers, and proposals. Prior to working at XCOR, Khaki was the Program Manager for the Borehole Research Group (BRG) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY where she was the Program Manager for BRG’s annual $5 million Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) contract. In addition, she has written published documents on ODP well-logging science, and use of remote sensing in archaeology and heritage conservation. She has a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University ‘s School of Architecture and a BA from Rutgers.

Darlene Lim, Geobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center – Darlene Lim is a geobiologist based at the NASA Ames Research Center, and is a leader in the development of operational concepts for human-robotic scientific exploration.  Darlene is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of the NASA-funded Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP), and the Deputy PI of the NASA ‘Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration’ (FINESSE) research program. Both programs are focused on real (non- simulated) science and exploration activities that seamlessly blend field science research with the development of human exploration tools, technologies and concepts. Her projects have garnered an international reputation for producing innovative concepts and capabilitiesthat support human scientific exploration. Darlene has spent over 20 years conducting field research around the world, and has worked in both the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as in underwater environments where she has spent hours piloting submersibles as a scientist and explorer.

Celeste Volz Ford, Founder/Chief Executive Officer – Celeste Ford is the Founder and CEO of Stellar Solutions, a global provider of systems engineering, integration and program management expertise. The company, based in Palo Alto, CA, is a recognized leader in government and commercial programs in the aerospace industry, with over 200 highly-qualified engineering experts operating in locations throughout the U.S. and Europe, focused on high-impact projects addressing customer critical needs. Celeste’s leadership of the Stellar constellation includes Stellar Solutions Aerospace Limited (UK-based affiliate), QuakeFinder (humanitarian R&D division of Stellar Solutions) and Stellar Solutions Foundation. She is a valued member of the board of a number of organizations in the public and private sectors.

A recognized and respected personality in her field, Celeste has served on congressional commissions as well as panels focused on entrepreneurship and women in business. She has been recognized with numerous honors, including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame, Fortune Small Business Magazine Best Bosses, and Women in Aerospace Leadership Award. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Stanford University, Celeste is a longtime advocate of community and charity outreach. She resides in Portola Valley, CA with her husband; they have three grown children.


Irene Koehler, Founder, Almost Savvy

As a digital media and social media strategist at Almost Savvy, Irene helps businesses, executives, and professionals better tell their story, build relationships and reputation online, making sure to align their efforts with their overall business objectives. Having spoken everywhere from college campuses to AARP’s national convention, and businesses and organizations of all sizes, Irene understands that all of us, digital natives and digital newcomers alike, have much to learn about the rapidly evolving social web.

Irene is also an unabashed space geek. Her love of all things space-related has included been dragged out of bed as a child to watch nighttime launches of Apollo missions, driving to the desert to witness a returning Space Shuttle seemingly drop from the sky as glided to a smooth landing, madly waving to the International Space Station as it passed overhead (perhaps, doing this more than once), and being invited by NASA to watch the launch of OCO-2 (seen in the photo, along with Charlie Bolden, former astronaut and NASA Administrator).

Irene can be found on her almostsavvy.com , as well as LinkedIn and Twitter .


6:00 – 7:00  Nibbling and networking

7:00 – 8:30  Panel

Parking Information:

The parking garage is located within our building at 10 S. Almaden Blvd. San Jose, CA 95113. Guests can enter on the side of Almaden Blvd.


Apigee Corporation
10 S Almaden Blvd
San Jose, CA 95113 United States