Trudy Kortes has enjoyed a successful 30 year career at NASA, holding key roles in systems engineering, program and project management, and organizational leadership. She specializes in leading and managing large organizations and diverse portfolios of advanced space flight projects to accomplish work critical to the United States and understands the culture of a highly driven technical and complex work environment.
Drawing upon her unique brand of leadership and a natural comedic talent, Trudy delivers delightful and thought-provoking presentations on a range of topics of particular interest, especially to people working in STEM fields. Her focus as a speaker remains simple: people need leaders who are competent, dedicated, and most importantly relatable on a personal level. When these attributes exist at the top, individuals, teams, and organizations as a whole benefit. She is keenly interested in conveying her thoughts around how to break the cycle of conformity in leadership. As a speaker, Trudy marries her experience with her unique perspective and offers delightful and thought-provoking presentations on a range of topics of particular interest in STEM fields including “issues unique to women’s leadership”, “the power of gut instinct”, and “the non-linear career path”, among others.
Trudy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Houston. She is a federally certified project manager and serves on the advisory board to the U of M Aerospace Engineering Department. She resides in Westlake, Ohio with her husband and three children who provide an abundance of raw material for comic relief. Learn more at www.TrudyKortes.com.