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Rhea Seddon

Rhea Seddon

    • Astronaut and Former Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group
Fee Range

$10,000 - $15,000

Travels From

Tennessee

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Rhea Seddon

Rhea Seddon

Rhea Seddon, MD is a veteran of three space shuttle flights and spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In 1978 she was selected as one of the first six women to enter the Astronaut Program. She served as a Mission Specialist on flights in 1985 and 1991 and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days. 

After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was the Assitant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville for 11 years. There she led an initiative aimed at improving patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of Crew Resource Management. She worked with LifeWings Partners, LLC which teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the United States. 

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in physiology, Dr. Seddon received her M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where she completed her residency in General Surgery. She was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame in 2015.

AWARDS: 2005 Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame; 2015 Astronaut Hall of Fame; 2015 Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame

To book Dr. Rhea Seddon call Executive Speakers Bureau @ 901-754-9404.

OPPORTUNITY

So many of us fail to take advantage of the myriad opportunities that appear in our lives. Some of us don’t see them, others are afraid to pursue them. Dr. Rhea Seddon went from small-town girl to outer space and on to other amazing careers.

Her story will inspire you to realize when opportunity knocks by understanding:

  • The power of planning, preparation and being ready
  • The wisdom of having a goal…and a back-up plan
  • The appearance of an open door
  • The search for a new path and why it’s never too late
  • The value of the network of people you know
  • The challenge of overcoming the fear of moving on

 

TEAMWORK

Wherever you go, whatever your life’s work, it is teamwork that will make your dream work. After a lifetime of working with, participating in and leading diverse teams of varying sizes, constituents and goals.

Dr. Rhea Seddon will share lessons learned about:

  • Molding a group of people into a team
  • Defining the team’s goals
  • Choosing and developing team players
  • Recognizing what motivates your team
  • Dealing with “outliers”
  • Practicing and learning from failure… and success

 

LEADERSHIP

Dr. Rhea Seddon didn’t start out to be a leader but the paths she chose required that she become one.  Using examples from her multiple careers she will reveal the keys to discover the leader within you.

She will show you the secrets of:

  • What to do if you are not a born leader
  • How to apply the 3 principles of military leadership
  • Why “it’s the people, stupid” and understanding “the led”
  • When a failure is an option and how to learn from it
  • Who your role models can be – the good, the bad and the ugly

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