Natalie customizes talks based on the nature of the event she is speaking at.
Learning Should Know No Boundaries
Sometimes, the best way to learn is by doing. Learning is an opportunity to demand the most of you, to commit to a goal, and develop intellectual fortitude. Natalie is passionate about lifelong learning through experiences removed from your comfort zones. Working with tech, she understands that learning simply requires trying, whether successful or not. Even if you fail on your first, second, or even third attempts. Developing skills, talents, and competence is a lifelong process. We should constantly look for opportunities to learn something new and push our limits, whether personally or professionally. Through her stories, Natalie illustrates how the on-going pursuit of knowledge should take place throughout life and across an array of experiences. Regardless of your interests, learning and the goals we choose to pursue should know no boundaries. This talk encourages others to be drawn to the rewards of challenge and learning, because the incentive is the fulfilment of our dreams. Our dreams are what will transform the world.
As a child, Natalie dreamed of traveling to space. She avidly followed her heroes, astronauts, as they explored and pushed boundaries. With this long term goal in mind, Natalie has taken the road less travelled in the hope that others will follow. She has recognized the importance of being constantly challenged while always learning. Natalie lives each day embracing every moment while tackling audacious goals. Through her experiences and lessons learned, Natalie’s established some key foundations for success: perseverance, living a life of peak moments, perspective, harnessing unfamiliarity, life-long learning, and mentorship. Her story is one of a woman following a dream and the steps she’s taken to make it a reality. Drawing from personal experiences, Natalie promotes the value of embracing experiences outside of your comfort zone.
Revolutionizing Women in Technology
Natalie’s experience as a women working in a non-traditional field and a male-dominated industry offers a unique perspective on revolutionizing women in technology. Degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering, a career in the aerospace industry, and working at NASA provided Natalie with an opportunity to change the perception of women in STEM and encourage the next generation of women to embrace challenging and innovating careers that can positively shape our future. She works passionately for a different future and forges ahead to blaze a new trail and empower women in the fields of science, technology engineering, and technology. In this talk, Natalie shares her experiences and what is possible for women in STEM fields and how we can motivate young women to embrace technology.
‘Why We Explore’
Since the beginning of time, humans have been drawn to exploration; it is the quest for knowledge that is at the forefront of exploration and drives what is possible. This talk covers how the desire for knowledge and exploring beyond our planet will require technology for extreme environments, and that because of exploration, technology can also help advance complex projects to be sustainable here on Earth in an era of extreme change. Natalie shares her stories working on Next Generation Robotics for sustainable exploration and how the most innovative companies will dream of the impossible and find the resources to make those dreams possible.
Everyday Exploration: Canada’s Future
At its most basic level, exploration requires embracing curiosity about the everyday world around us; investigating, questioning, and learning. In this presentation, Natalie looks at how Canada and the world can benefit from everyday explorers who think critically and dream up ways to make a positive difference. Our quest for knowledge pushes us to explore beyond the boundaries of Earth and transform our learnings into positive impacts. Drawing from her experiences building Canadian space robotics, Natalie discusses the cyclical process of exploration; innovating and developing technology to push the limits of what is possible, which ultimately spins back into technologies that can solve terrestrial problems. She envisions a future where Canada is one of the world leaders in scientific advancement. A Canada that innovates to meet the needs of the present without compromising the future.
Panelist/ In Conversation
Natalie brings inspiring & insightful discussion to panels on topics such as STEM, career development, innovation, motivation, education & more.
An acclaimed voice in the realm of STEM, Natalie is on a mission to inspire the next generation of female game-changers to dive head-on into challenge and pursue careers in engineering and technology. She’s worked with brands such as Samsung & Activia to engage audiences around the topics of innovation, exploration, curiosity & more.
Canadian Geographic | Canada's Greatest Women Explorers
30 Under 30 | Flare
30 Under 30 | Forbes
Top 100 Most Powerful Women Canada | Women’s Executive Network
Graduate of the Last Decade Award | University of Calgary
Rising Star in Aerospace | Northern Lights Award Foundation