International Women’s Day 2020: Women of NASA Social Antares CRS-13

By Cindy Chin, CEO CLC Advisors

On February 8, 2020, a group of space enthusiasts, professional and amateur photographers, budding rocket scientists, engineers, scientists, and educators gathered at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops, VA to visit the Antares and sound rocket factories as well as mission control centers and launch facilities for the mid-atlantic rocket launches in the United States. For years, NASA Social has been convening people from all walks of life in order to share their experience of visiting a NASA site facility and observing the different stages of development in NASA missions.


In celebration of Women’s History Month, this article highlights a few of the future generations of women in the space industry today who are making critical footprints towards the first woman on the moon, deep space exploration, and Mars from impossible to possible and not just a dream.

“Apollo had a twin sister and her name was Artemis. She was hunter and her best friend and favorite companion was Orion. ALL astronauts in their return voyage to the moon will fly under the Artemis Mission inside the Orion capsule and this week, we will witness history in the making where women for the first time intentionally right in the forefront of the journey from Moon to Mars. Their stories will be told from the beginning this time and not hidden in the shadows.” — Cindy Chin, NASA Datanaut & CEO CLC Advisors

Meet the women who inspired us on this International Women’s Day in 2020.

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VC Twitter: Thought Leadership in Venture Capital or Eye Candy?

This article first appeared on Medium. You can read the full article here.

In the age of thought leadership that started with commercializing knowledge in management and strategy consulting to the halls of elite business schools, the concept of knowledge sharing is not new. But it has taken a life of its own in the social media realm. Even with the number of monthly active users that Facebook or Instagram has, there is no other platform like Twitter that has as much of our attention. Enter #VCTwitter.

Recently, when a group of startup founders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors got in a room at Lowenstein Sandler’s Venture Crush FG its New York Offices to discuss branding and marketing, the topic of thought leadership came up.

I work at a VC. Do I have to be a thought leader? Or should I focus on building the fund’s brand?

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Beyond Moonshots: Mars 🚀

img_8168-1      By Cindy Chin, CEO, CLC Advisors, LLC

This article is the first of a series of articles on design thinking and what we at CLC Advisors, LLC call “i.e.,” the “idea economy.”

This week alone, I traveled from one continent to another and down the eastern coast and back home again. All this air travel was made possible by the investment, research, and development in science and technology, some of which came from space research from NASA and the military. Some of that investment birthed technologies like satellites and GPS for air transport guidance, internet connectivity and the wide array of mobile apps on my smartphone to get me to my destinations, reminders, plane ticket bookings, wingtip technologies on the Boeing and Airbus planes, wind and jet stream resiliency for airplane stability, weather guidance for a smoother ride home, medical research on passenger comfort, and research on gravity to land safely on the ground to name a few on what tax payer dollars and investments in science, technology, and space years ago has provided for our technologies today.

This week culminated in some spending two days with IBM’s OS Earth group, a new think tank bringing together a group of designers, scientists, and coders, the more fashionable of names now for one who was a programmer mere decades ago. I was reminded again yesterday during our sessions of why we are often drawn to the impossible and tasked with finding those answers and solutions to burning questions. It is great leadership that can allow impossible to become possible and no matter who is sitting in an office in a city, territory, or country near you, that progress cannot be stifled.

“Newton explored the meaning of gravity. Last month electric lights and telephones and automobiles and airplanes became available. Only last week did we develop penicillin and television and nuclear power, and now if America’s spacecraft succeeds in reaching Venus, we will have literally reached the stars before midnight tonight.

This is a breathtaking pace, and such a pace cannot help but create new ills as it dispels old, new ignorance, new problems, new dangers. Surely the opening vistas of space promise high costs and hardships, as well as high reward.

So it is not surprising that some would have us stay where we are a little longer to rest, to wait. But this city of Houston, this state of Texas, this country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward — and so will space.”
– President John F. Kennedy, Jr.

As I watched a program hosted by Morgan Freeman on wormhole theories, I was also reminded that time does not always move linearly. Einstein in his theory of relativity proved that time sometimes folds and we see patterns of repetitiveness. This is one of those times, but no matter what, it is always fluid. So, take this time to move to the past for a little over 17 minutes to one of the greatest and inspirational leaders with whom we had too short of time with, but in that short time inspired a generation and the ripple effects of an incredible era of invention, innovation, new industries, humanity, and wealth creation. Believe me, it is worth those 17 minutes of time to hear those presidential words again.

The broad advancements in science in the areas of climate change, earth science, research and development, mathematics, and technology are still necessary and to echo White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, “not a charity case, but a prosperity case.” It is all hands on deck and imperative for the survival of many species on this Spaceship Earth.

If you are an entrepreneur or startups who are working on climate change, aerospace, data science your own Mars Shot, or market entry into the United States, our team at CLC Advisors, LLC can help you. Contact us to find out more information or go to our website www.clcadvisors.com.

About CLC Advisors, LLC
CLC Advisors, LLC is a firm of trusted advisors and management consultants focusing on development and execution strategies to build and incubate value-based business ventures, innovations, initiatives, and forward technologies. We are dedicated to finding solutions for traditional business models or expanding into the growing arenas of impact investing, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and philanthropy venture capital.

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