SGAC is proud to present the October 2020 Member of the Month!
SGAC Member of the Month appreciation programme is continuing to recognise the hard work and dedication of outstanding volunteers, where their contributions make a real difference in their respective communities.
Continuing the amazing efforts various online events organizing teams have provided the network with, for October 2020, we are pleased to announce and congratulate The Organisational Team of SG[France]2020 – Our Giant Leap as Member of the Month!
In the next pages let’s meet the Our Giant Leap organisational team, read their reactions, inspirational quotes, and as well the nominators’ motivations, closing with Harriet Brettle, SGAC Co-Chair, with her gratitude and encouragement note for the team, but as well for future members or event teams in their endeavours to contribute in strengthening our SGAC Community.
Let’s start with the Our Giant Leap Team!
Motivations for Our Giant Leap as MOM October 2020:
National Point of Contact for France
“I would like to nominate the whole team of SG[France] 2020: Our Giant Leap as Member of the Month. Many reasons can explain this choice. First, in a global pandemic situation, they have been able to create a physical event in Toulouse with strong safety rules to keep all the attendees safe. However, as the SGAC is a global network, they have also been able to create special moments for networking while wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance. This is a real demonstration of adaptability and innovation with a great team spirit and good humor within the team.
As NPoC for France and also part of the team, I am very proud of them as they succeeded in creating dynamism in those current difficult times. Finally, the subject was also very important, and they created a fantastic kick-off event, a great promise about future projects. Indeed, gender equality in the aerospace domain is a hot topic which was discussed through inspirational speeches and relevant workshops but also very important to consider as aerospace needs innovation and studies have shown that innovation is facilitated by gender diversity.”
SG[France]2020 – Our Giant Leap – Deputy Event Manager
“Pauline Delande, Clara Moriceau, Priyanka Das Rajkakati, Charlotte Nassey, François Leproux, Nicolas Soulard, Guillaume Thirion, Maelys Beliazi, Judith Kemp, Florian Roselli, Florentin Lamarque.
The members of the SG[France]2020 organisational team have shown outstanding dedication to the cause of the event, and to its success despite the challenges of the global pandemic. Since July 2019, the team has been putting a lot of work and creativity into the preparation of the event that took place in September 2020. It was a huge success; the first face-to-face event since the pandemic, which will serve as an example for future SGAC events, as this team has paved the way for more events to be held safely and in the best spirit of SGAC. Every member played a crucial role, and I could not have been more satisfied as a teammate. I would like to thank the team for their endless motivation, persistent enthusiasm and care for details! It has been very rewarding and inspirational to work with these people who make me believe that we can make a change for the better of diversity and inclusion in the aerospace sector.
For their flexibility, adaptability to change, creativity, motivation, dedication and a true passion for space (and the space sector), the SG[France]2020-Our Giant Leap team deserves the MoM award without a doubt. They continue to prove it ever since the event took place, as they inspire and continue to motivate many other SGAC members to pursue their own goals.”
National Point of Contact for France and SG[France]2020 – Our Giant Leap – Deputy Event Manager
“Our Giant Leap Organizing Team has been doing an amazing job over the last year!
Not only they succeeded in organizing the first face-to-face SGAC event in CoViD-19 times – which required a lot of dedication, patience and adaptation – but they have also been able to set up a lot of ideas, projects and activities (webinars, call for artwork, videos, communication campaigns) to inspire women, promote diversity and engage for more gender equality in the space sector.
The event has been a huge success, paving the way for IAC 2022 in Paris (France) and creating a big momentum for new initiatives to keep engaging towards a more inclusive space sector within and outside of SGAC. Last but not least: they have been pioneers of their time, showing SGAC members and sponsors how the young generation is able to adapt to the current situation.
A big thanks and congratulations to the whole team: Yulia Akisheva, Maëlys Beliazi, Clara Moriceau, Nicolas Soulard, Priyanka Das Rajkakati, Charlotte Nassey, Judith Kemp, Florentin Lamarque, Florian Roselli, François Leproux and Guillaume Thirion! It has been a real pleasure working by your side for the organization of SG[France]2020 and I am really excited to keep working with you as part of Our Giant Leap.”
Let’s close with a special note from Harriet Brettle, SGAC Co-Chair, for the entire team’s outstanding work!
“Congratulations to the entire Our Giant Leap team for recognition of their outstanding work. Despite very challenging circumstances, the team pulled together and organised a safe event on such an important topic. Gender equality is incredibly important to SGAC and we are proud of this fantastic team for their work in this field. We are looking forward to what the team does next! …”