Helen Sharman is an inspirational woman in STEM, having risen to fame after she became the first British astronaut in space. Also the first European woman in space and the first female aboard the Mir Space Station, Helen has proven to be an inspiration for women in a male-dominated sector and is now booked as a female motivational speaker for corporate events. Booked to share anecdotes from her time in space, Helen also touches on topics such as leadership, goal-setting and teamwork.
Back in 1991, Helen became the first British astronaut in space. Onboard the Soyuz TM-11, Helen used her extensive 18 months of training to complete a series of agricultural and medical assessments aboard the Mir Space Station- in the process inspiring women to follow in her footsteps. Lasting for eight days, Helen’s mission revolutionised space travel and showed that it was not only for men but for women too.
Upon her return to Earth, Helen was highly commended for her pioneering space mission- receiving the Order of the Friendship of Peoples, a star on the Sheffield Walk of Fame and appointment as Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. With the world amazed at the prospect of the first British astronaut, Helen authored Seize the Moment and The Space Place about her time in space. Since her first mission into space, Helen has unfortunately not returned but remains a role model for others as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Amongst her commitments as the Operations Manager of the Imperial College London Department of Chemistry and President of the Institute of Science and Technology, Helen is often booked as a speaker for corporate events. An inspiration to other budding astronauts, Helen inspires women to get into STEM sectors and shows that what was once considered a male-dominated sector is no more. When looking for a speaker who will both inspire and empower women to achieve their dreams, look no further than Helen Sharman.
Helen Sharman is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“We were delighted with our first virtual event, with speaker Helen Sharman, which covered the challenges of working as a team in extreme conditions and in isolation. The results were excellent and much appreciated. Helen handled the brief superbly, and she was calm and patient as we worked through the technical details before the event”
“In the very uncertain times of Covid-19 lockdown, we want to reach our audience in a new and interesting way. Helen was such a pleasure to work with and made us feel at ease the whole time. It’s not every day you get to talk to the first British astronaut!! As well as tackling more serious questions with wise and insightful answers, we were able to have a chuckle about the lighter side of space. Helen left a truly wonderful impression. Not just with my organisation, but with our audience as a whole. We can’t wait to get the chance to talk to her again”
“Thank you so much for your presentation at our staff conference. Our theme ‘to be the best’ could not have been emphasised more clearly. Your speech was inspirational and certainly struck home with the right messages including how vital we are to each other. The subject of space travel is fascinating in itself, but you somehow managed to bring that experience to life in all of us, leaving us with the feeling of being part of that mission with you. I can safely say that all our expectations were exceeded”