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Focus, passion and drive on a lifelong mission towards indefinite goal.

As the 15th African American astronaut, Jeanette J. Epps has completed all astronaut candidate training, including scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalk training, robotics, T‐38 flight training and more.

She was on a path in 2017, to join Expeditions 56 and 57 as a flight engineer to the International Space Station; however Jeanette was replaced shortly before her launch date in 2018. Now, 10+ years since her training began, Jeanette has never lost touch with her focus and dream.

During this turbulent time of collective struggle and crisis, Jeanette Epps joins us to discuss maintaining passion and drive on a lifelong mission reaching towards the stars. On the Red Couch is powered by Beats by Dr. Dre.



6:30 – 6:35pm: Factory Berlin Welcome

6:35 – 7:15pm: Interview with Jeanette J. Epps (NASA) and moderated by Andreea Magdalina (Founder, Shesaid.so)

7:15 – 7:30pm: Questions from the Audience


About the speaker: 

Jeanette J. Epps was selected by NASA in 2009 as an astronaut. The New York native was a NASA Fellow during graduate school and authored several journals and conference articles describing her research. Dr. Epps worked for Ford Motor Company where she received both a provisional patent and a U.S. patent for her research. After leaving Ford, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for seven years working as a Technical Intelligence Officer before becoming an astronaut. She currently serves in the ISS Operations Branch working issues in support of space station crews.


About the moderator:
Andreea Magdalina is a connector. Currently, between Los Angeles and London, her work is rooted at the intersection of music and technology with a focus on empowering women through her work as the CEO of shesaid.so, an organisation she founded in 2014. Andreea is an experienced speaker on topics such as music and brand partnerships, business development, brand strategy, building community, marketing, and diversity & inclusion. She has spent the past 3 years working with creative agencies to develop digital-first content, technology products and strategic partnerships for global brands. As of May 2019, she is focusing on her role as Managing Director at shesaid.so in addition to consulting for music, technology and culture-forward clients.


About Beats by Dr. Dre:
Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats) is a leading audio brand founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Through its family of premium consumer headphones, earphones, and speakers, Beats has introduced an entirely new generation to the possibilities of premium sound entertainment. The brand’s continued success helps bring the energy, emotion, and excitement of playback in the recording studio back to the listening experience for music lovers worldwide. Beats was acquired by Apple Inc. in July 2014.



May 13

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Online Video Stream


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