Rick Searfoss

Former NASA Astronaut

Expert speaker, consultant and author of Liftoff: An Astronaut Commander’s Countdown For Purpose-Powered Leadership, Rick Searfoss speaks with authority and expertise born of exercising leadership in the most dynamic, challenging and dangerous of settings. Coupling real-world experience with a powerful and exciting stage presence, Searfoss has been inspiring and enlightening audiences for over a decade.

Searfoss is among less than 10% of all speakers and the only astronaut to have earned the National Speaker’s Association Certified Speaking Professional designation, the industry’s gold standard for speaking skill and experience. With compelling first-hand examples and exciting, unique stories, Rick speaks from the heart to inspire, motivate, uplift and teach audiences. His speaking mission: ‘to share the leadership, execution excellence, teamwork and innovation lessons of human space flight to empower organisations to achieve out of this world results!’.

Colonel Searfoss is one of only a handful of people out of many thousands, to have been selected to be an astronaut. He piloted two space flights and commanded a third, the most complex space life sciences mission ever flown, STS-90 on space shuttle Columbia. His leadership led to one of NASA‘s most successful space missions ever: sterling results with a $500 million dollar project on a $2 billion national asset.

Prior to becoming an astronaut, Rick was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the US Air Force, with over 6100 hours flying time in eighty-four different types of aircraft. A distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Fighter Weapons School and US Naval Test Pilot School, he’s also held executive level positions in the aerospace industry.

Additionally, Rick completed a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the USAF Academy, a master of science degree in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology on a National Science Foundation Fellowship, and USAF Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

To book Rick Searfoss as the astronaut speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Rick is known to cover the following topics:

  • Astronauts & Space Speakers
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship
  • Drive & Determination