TESTIMONIALS

 
 

TOM WROBLEWSKI

Global VP Software Sales Advocacy, IBM

His very impactful keynote speech for our sales conference provided memorable insights on how to improve business performance and how to live a meaningful daily life. He shared management techniques and lessons learned from his successful missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope and build the International Space Station. Steve has the rare ability to make his remarks very personal even in a very large setting.


SCOTT SCHUTE

VP Global Customer Operations, LinkedIn

Our folks were mesmerized by his stories. Hearing Steve's experiences and his insights from his unique vantage point was very motivational! I appreciated his energy, humility, his deep perspective on life and on his experiences. Steve shares a message of hope, born of his experiences as a true explorer.


JIM THOMPSON

Founder & CEO, Positive Coaching Alliance

Steve’s excellent speaking skills and his unique background as an elite athlete, astronaut, Stanford MBA, and business thinker made him the perfect choice. His inspirational story of fulfilling a lifelong dream despite many hurdles was a very effective starting point. He gave participants practical ideas on how to run an organization effectively (based on NASA’s approach) and provided easy to remember advice and life lessons for attendees.

 

ERIC GSELL

Performance Marketing Event Strategist, IBM

Steve is an inspirational speaker who...really resonate(s) with many of IBM's target audiences. In fact, he was our highest rated speaker at Momentum 2017, with almost a perfect score in both Las Vegas and London.

 

JOHN DUNDERDALE

Vice President, IBM

The messages that you shared and the way you were able to tie it to IBM really hit home with our people and to me. The feedback I received was exceptional.

 

DR. ED GREENE

Director, International School of Amsterdam

Wonderfully engaging speaker and a smart presenter who knows how to charm and entice the audience into the palms of (his) hands….”


RON KLINE

Director of Marketing Solutions, IBM

His commitment to the lifelong goal...causes the audience to reflect on their own commitment to achieving personal and professional goals...and he offers practical advice we can all use to stay committed to, and to achieving personal and professional goals.

 
 

CHARLIE LANNIN

Founder, Stone Arch Capital

Great best practices (from the ultimate exploration organization) that we can apply to our business!


PERRY HOLLEY

Performance Marketing Event Strategist

What I appreciated most about Steve was his heart of service to our team. He didn't just come to speak, he came to connect and engage with people on an individual basis. He generously gave of his time to meet and greet everyone he could. He went above and beyond for the entire time we had him.

 

DEB CROSS

Program Executive Digital Business Group, IBM

I knew he had the amazing content (resilient life journey, flying rockets, repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, etc) but his effective application of his experiences and insights to our business priorities is what set Steve apart. He was given a vigorous standing ovation at the end of his speech and feedback forms to me had him off the charts, his post event satisfaction scores were the highest of any speaker over the last five years.

 

JEAN VAHEY

CEO, European Council of Independent Schools

An inspiring and captivating presentation in Lisbon to our 1500 educators coming from 7 countries. Your keynote was extremely well received by our delegates.

 

ADAM STERN

Director, Acterra / Action for a Healthy Planet

Our audience was captivated by Steve’s stories and experiences, from achieving his lifelong dream despite setbacks to seeing the glory of Earth. He gave each audience member a reason to pursue their dreams with vigor! He offered a unique perspective of Earth: its beauty, fragility, and the need for environmental stewardship. His eloquent description of Earth as an island in a vast ocean and the need therefore to protect it was deeply thought provoking...Steve inspired audience action that will help make our world a better place.

 

JUDY HELLER

Communities Associate Director, Stanford University

Steve did everything he could to ensure the success of this event! Before the event, he was outside welcoming guests. The Museum audio visual tech, who has worked with many speakers (including astronauts) at the Science Center, said that Steve was far and away the best speaker he had ever heard there!

 

ALYSON GOODALL

Vice President of Development, California Science Center

We have received many glowing comments about your talk; in fact, “the best ever” was heard more than once. You captured the audiences’ attention and imaginations, and made the entire presentation feel like an intimate conversation.


JUSTIN KAO

Co-Founder and SVP, Helix

He blends an incredibly inspirational story with valuable life lessons and a unique perspective that literally comes from having been in space.  Our entire company was raving about his talk and we had many people say it was the best talk they had ever heard also.  Perhaps most impressively, Steve remains incredibly humble and grounded, which enables him to connect with a variety of people and inspire them all.

 

ATTENDEES

 
Astonishing lessons in grit, determination and success! Hands down, the “best” talk I’ve attended. Ever.
— Richard Gamblin, THINK 2018 attendee
Incredibly powerful and inspirational talk.
— Tomas K., LinkedIn Customer Success Manager
Incredible, thought provoking...
— Executive at European Council of Independent Schools
...(his) availability and willingness to mingle with the audience before and after the session touched many people, inspiring them….an inspiration to us all in our everyday jobs.
— Juan D., European Space Agency
Made me believe I could do anything if I want to and try hard enough.
— Young adult, Geneva
It touched my heart when I saw how hard he tried (to become an astronaut).
— Young adult, Geneva
 
Mr. Smith, as a presenter, has that special quality which appeals to both young and old.
— Glyn J., Member European Council of Independent Schools
He was just amazing. His talk was interesting, captivating, and inspiring.
— Sue A., European educator
Such and amazing and inspirational speech…….
— Irmak G., LinkedIn
The best ever and most valuable learning………absolutely loved it.
— European educator
I hope some day my dream will come true too. I’m sure that if I am as determined and committed, it will.
— Young adult, Geneva