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Rhea Seddon

NASA Astronaut & Veteran of Three Space Shuttle Flights; Former Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group

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 Rhea Seddon Biography

Former astronaut, Rhea Seddon, M.D., is a national speaker, award-winning author, and veteran of three space shuttle flights.

A woman of many firsts, Dr. Seddon was one of only six women in a class of 100 in medical school and the first woman ever accepted to her General Surgery Residency Program. As one of the first six women accepted into the Astronaut Corps, her marriage to fellow Astronaut Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson produced the first astronaut couple and the two of them produced the first official “astrotots.” She was the eighth woman accepted to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Besides her space career, Rhea’s life experiences have led her from surgeon to licensed private pilot, to healthcare executive, entrepreneur, business owner, author, and now public speaker.

Dr. Seddon spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She served as a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle flights in 1985 and 1991 and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days.

After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville for 11 years. There she led an initiative to improve patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of Crew Resource Management. She then helped to found LifeWings Partners, LLC which teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the United States.

She was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005, the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded the National Football Foundation Nashville Chapter’s Fred Russell Distinguished American Award, the Independent Book Publishers Association Ben Franklin Gold Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir – Go For Orbit, the Athena International Leadership Award, and a University of Tennessee Centennial Top 100 Alumni Award. She was the co-recipient of the Great American leadership award which was presented to her along with her husband Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson at Awakening 2017.

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Go For Orbit: One of America's First Women Astronauts Finds Her Space

Go For Orbit: One of America's First Women Astronauts Finds Her Space

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  • Opportunity

    So many of us fail to take advantage of the myriad opportuniites that appear in our lives. Some of us don’t see them, others are afraid to pursue them. Dr. Rhea Seddon went from small town girl to outer space and on to other amazing careers. Her story will inspire you to realize when opportunity knocks by understanding: The power of planning, preparation and being ready The wisdom of having a goal…and a back-up plan The appearance of an open door The search for a new path and why it’s never too late The value of the network of people you know The challenge of overcoming the fear of moving on

  • Teamwork

    Wherever you go, whatever your life’s work, it is teamwork that will make your dream work. After a lifetime of lifetime of working with, participating in and leading diverse teams of varying sizes, constituents and goals. Dr. Rhea Seddon will share lessons learned about: Molding a group of people into a team Defining the team’s goals Choosing and developing team players Recognizing what motivates your team Dealing with “outliers” Practicing and learning from failure… and success

  • Leadership

    Dr. Rhea Seddon didn’t start out to be a leader but the paths she chose required that she become one. Using examples from her multiple careers she will reveal the keys to discover the leader within you. She will show you the secrets of: What to do if you are not a born leader How to apply the 3 principles of military leadership Why “it’s the people, stupid” and understanding “the led” When failure is an option and how to learn from it Who your role models can be – the good, the bad and the ugly

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    Booking fees for Rhea Seddon, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rhea Seddon, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Rhea Seddon?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rhea Seddon for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rhea Seddon for your next private or corporate function.
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Rhea Seddon

NASA Astronaut & Veteran of Three Space Shuttle Flights; Former Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group

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Rhea Seddon Biography

Former astronaut, Rhea Seddon, M.D., is a national speaker, award-winning author, and veteran of three space shuttle flights.

A woman of many firsts, Dr. Seddon was one of only six women in a class of 100 in medical school and the first woman ever accepted to her General Surgery Residency Program. As one of the first six women accepted into the Astronaut Corps, her marriage to fellow Astronaut Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson produced the first astronaut couple and the two of them produced the first official “astrotots.” She was the eighth woman accepted to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Besides her space career, Rhea’s life experiences have led her from surgeon to licensed private pilot, to healthcare executive, entrepreneur, business owner, author, and now public speaker.

Dr. Seddon spent 19 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She served as a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle flights in 1985 and 1991 and as Payload Commander in charge of all science activities on her final flight in 1993. This brought her total time in space to 30 days.

After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville for 11 years. There she led an initiative to improve patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of Crew Resource Management. She then helped to found LifeWings Partners, LLC which teaches this concept to healthcare institutions across the United States.

She was inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005, the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2016 she was awarded the National Football Foundation Nashville Chapter’s Fred Russell Distinguished American Award, the Independent Book Publishers Association Ben Franklin Gold Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir – Go For Orbit, the Athena International Leadership Award, and a University of Tennessee Centennial Top 100 Alumni Award. She was the co-recipient of the Great American leadership award which was presented to her along with her husband Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson at Awakening 2017.

Rhea Seddon Videos

  • Linebaugh Library Presents: Rhea Seddon
  • Astronaut Dr. Rhea Seddon at County Historical Society
  • Dr. Rhea Seddon - Rats, Folks and Jellyfish: Studying Life in Space ...

Rhea Seddon Books

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Rhea Seddon Speaking Topics

  • Opportunity

    So many of us fail to take advantage of the myriad opportuniites that appear in our lives. Some of us don’t see them, others are afraid to pursue them. Dr. Rhea Seddon went from small town girl to outer space and on to other amazing careers. Her story will inspire you to realize when opportunity knocks by understanding: The power of planning, preparation and being ready The wisdom of having a goal…and a back-up plan The appearance of an open door The search for a new path and why it’s never too late The value of the network of people you know The challenge of overcoming the fear of moving on

  • Teamwork

    Wherever you go, whatever your life’s work, it is teamwork that will make your dream work. After a lifetime of lifetime of working with, participating in and leading diverse teams of varying sizes, constituents and goals. Dr. Rhea Seddon will share lessons learned about: Molding a group of people into a team Defining the team’s goals Choosing and developing team players Recognizing what motivates your team Dealing with “outliers” Practicing and learning from failure… and success

  • Leadership

    Dr. Rhea Seddon didn’t start out to be a leader but the paths she chose required that she become one. Using examples from her multiple careers she will reveal the keys to discover the leader within you. She will show you the secrets of: What to do if you are not a born leader How to apply the 3 principles of military leadership Why “it’s the people, stupid” and understanding “the led” When failure is an option and how to learn from it Who your role models can be – the good, the bad and the ugly

FAQs on booking Rhea Seddon

  • How to book Rhea Seddon?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rhea Seddon for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rhea Seddon, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rhea Seddon or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rhea Seddon?

    Booking fees for Rhea Seddon, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rhea Seddon, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rhea Seddon?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rhea Seddon for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rhea Seddon for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rhea Seddon or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rhea Seddon or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Rhea Seddon is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rhea Seddon for your event is available upon request. Rhea Seddon generally travels from Nashville, TN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Diana Trujillo, Kristen Facciol, Allison Massari, Mary Ellen Weber and Dr. Bonnie Dunbar. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rhea Seddon for an upcoming event.

Rhea Seddon Speaker Videos

  • Linebaugh Library Presents: Rhea Seddon
    Astronaut Dr. Rhea Seddon at County Historical Society
  • Dr. Rhea Seddon - Rats, Folks and Jellyfish: Studying Life in Space ...

Rhea Seddon Speaking Topics

  • Opportunity

    So many of us fail to take advantage of the myriad opportuniites that appear in our lives. Some of us don’t see them, others are afraid to pursue them. Dr. Rhea Seddon went from small town girl to outer space and on to other amazing careers. Her story will inspire you to realize when opportunity knocks by understanding: The power of planning, preparation and being ready The wisdom of having a goal…and a back-up plan The appearance of an open door The search for a new path and why it’s never too late The value of the network of people you know The challenge of overcoming the fear of moving on

  • Teamwork

    Wherever you go, whatever your life’s work, it is teamwork that will make your dream work. After a lifetime of lifetime of working with, participating in and leading diverse teams of varying sizes, constituents and goals. Dr. Rhea Seddon will share lessons learned about: Molding a group of people into a team Defining the team’s goals Choosing and developing team players Recognizing what motivates your team Dealing with “outliers” Practicing and learning from failure… and success

  • Leadership

    Dr. Rhea Seddon didn’t start out to be a leader but the paths she chose required that she become one. Using examples from her multiple careers she will reveal the keys to discover the leader within you. She will show you the secrets of: What to do if you are not a born leader How to apply the 3 principles of military leadership Why “it’s the people, stupid” and understanding “the led” When failure is an option and how to learn from it Who your role models can be – the good, the bad and the ugly

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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