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Special Division: Organizational Development October 23, 2014 6:30p.m. - 9p.m.

  • 10/23/2014
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Alliant International University in Alhambra, Building B, Room 120

The California School of Professional Psychology


the American Society for Training and Development – Los Angeles Chapter

invite you to a presentation and discussion: 


The Business and Psychology of Space Missions: Organizational Creativity Gets Blue Sky Technology to the Red Planet with Marcello Coradini, PhD, Karen McBride, and panel chair Jonathan Troper.

Where: Building B, Room 120 at Alliant International University in Alhambra (just east of downtown L.A.)

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30pm - 9:00pm


How do you take a crazy, impossible idea, add hundreds of millions of dollars and Euro and make it come true?

How do ESA, NASA, and JPL organize Mars missions? What organizational and people issues get launched even before the rocket goes up?

Marcello Coradini, the ESA liaison to JPL, and Karen McBride, space scientist and mission management expert, will talk about the business model and organizational issues of Mars lander projects, answer your questions, and regale you with stories along the way.

Marcello Coradiniis the European Space Agency (ESA) Programs Coordinator at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Previously he led the Solar System Exploration Programs of ESA for more than 20 years. In 1991, the International Astronomical Union has named asteroid 4598 after him for his contributions to asteroidal science and exploration. Dr. Coradini is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the European Geophysical Union, from which he received the Golden Badge, former Editorial Director of journal “Planetary and Space Science” and Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is also adjunct professor of space system design at the University of Trento, Italy, and visiting professor at the University of Genova, Italy. He is the author and/or co-author of about 140 scientific and engineering papers, and 6 books. He has been also very active at communicating space science and technology to the international media, often speaking on radio and  television on behalf of the ESA.

Karen McBrideis Senior Program Manager (Mars Exploration Specialist) at UCLA, on a NASA grant. She spent most of her space career in various collaborative projects between UCLA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA Headquarters. She managed the following NASA activities: the Scout Program, the Mars Global Surveyor and the Mars Odyssey Missions as well as the Mars Instrument Development Program and the Phoenix Lander mission. studied Geology at the University of Oregon and followed up with Geochemistry graduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

Jonathan Troper, Ph.D., panel chair, is co-chair of the Organization Development Special Division for ASTD-Los Angeles, and Director for the Center for Innovation and Change at the California School of Professional Psychology. 

No Cost for Alliant Community & ASTD-LA Members

Friends of Alliant* and members of ASTD-LA: No contribution requested.*Friends of Alliant are students, prospective students, alumni, staff and faculty of Alliant.

Other people are welcome, and please bring $10 check for ASTD-LA or cash.


1000 South Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803-1360

Building B, Room 120

Directions to Alliant Building B from the 710 Fwy:

710 N to end of Fwy.

Right on Valley. 

Go about 3 more lights and get into double left-turn lane.

Left on Fremont.

Go through next 2 lights (Mission and 1000 Fremont)

Right on Orange Avenue,

Right at the first driveway after LA Fitness.


Drive past the back of the LA Fitness building and take a right into the LA Fitness (B2) Parking Structure.

Pull a ticket and park ($3 per car).

Walk out of parking structure and head south along the red brick path.

The B1 building is the first building you come to along the path.

Pass the green awning and walk up a short flight of just a few stairs at the south end of the building  

Walk under the archway and along the walkway that hugs the south side of the building, with a courtyard down below you on the left.

Enter the doorway and turn right. 

Pass three small offices.

Room 120 will be near the end of the hallway on your left, before the bathroom. 


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ATD-Los Angeles Chapter
9852 W. Katella Ave. #187
Anaheim, CA 92804
Chapter Code: CH8028

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