Bring your ‘stars’ to meet an astronaut

Space, Leadership & Safety

The Forum is very pleased to invite members to an entertaining and educational presentation on space, leadership and safety by former US Shuttle Astronaut Colonel Mike Mullane (retired).

We are also offering members who attend an opportunity to bring along two guests – people they would like to recognise and reward for their contribution to health and safety. We will acknowledge these ‘stars’ and their contributions as part of this event.

Mike Mullane uses his experience of having flown three Shuttle space missions to tell a personal story about leadership and teamwork in health and safety. His entertaining speaking style and extraordinary life experiences enable him to deliver his thought-provoking messages in an engaging way.

A strong theme throughout his story is the danger of normalising ‘deviance’. He talks about how this had fatal consequences for some of his friends killed in the 1986 Challenger disaster.

The Forum is grateful to Refining NZ for bringing Mike to New Zealand, and to MBIE for supporting his visit. This event is expected to be a highlight in the Forum's events calendar this year.

Why we’re inviting you to bring along your health and safety ‘stars’

Recognising and rewarding health and safety contributions has been identified as one of the eight practices of a high performing CEO Health and Safety Leader. So the Forum is supporting members to recognise good contributions by inviting them to bring up to two guests to this event. The eight safety leadership practices together provide a model of what world-class CEO Health and Safety Leader looks like in practice. This model was developed for the Forum by organisational psychologists specialising in safety leadership. 

 About Mike Mullane

Mike joined the US Air Force 1967, and in 1978 he was selected for the first group of Space Shuttle astronauts. He completed three space missions and logged 356 hours in space aboard the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis. Since retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990, he has written several books and established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. Mike has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. He holds a Master's of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.



  • Eden Park, Function Centre - South Level 4 lounge, Reimers Ave, Kingsland, Auckland (Entrance via Gate G). Free parking in P5, off Reimers Ave

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