Keynote Speakers

Michele Beckjord, MFS

Ms. Beckjord has been employed at the NTSB since 1995 and serves as a senior accident investigator and project manager. She has led survival factors investigations of major highway accidents involving school buses, motorcoaches, and other heavy vehicles along with motorcoach fires and bridge collapses. She has also participated in numerous railroad, marine, pipeline and hazardous materials accident investigations. As a project manager, she has served as a hearing officer, written and managed multiple technical NTSB major accident reports, and participates as a subject matter expert in Board public hearings and forums. Ms. Beckjord received her Masters of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University and is a registered diplomat with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.


Mindy Feldbaum

Mindy Feldbaum is the Vice President, WorkforcePrograms at the AARP Foundation. Ms. Feldbaum is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of AARP Foundation’s Workforce Programs including the Senior Community Service Employment Programs (SCSEP), Back to Work50+, and new workforce innovations that increase economic opportunity and mobility for older workers. Before AARP Foundation, Ms. Feldbaum served as the Founder and Principal of The Collaboratory, a strategic consulting firm working to transform the effectiveness and impact of workforce development and postsecondary education programs, policies, and systems. At the Collaboratory, Mindy co-led the Transformative Change Initiative, working with hundreds of community colleges to build a robust learning network dedicated to scaling innovations for institutional change and improve student educational and workforce success. Ms. Feldbaum also served as the Vice President for Strategy and Programs for the ACT Foundation, helping to launch the Foundation and overseeing the inaugural investments. Prior to the ACT Foundation, Mindy directed four major discretionary grant programs at the U.S. Department of Labor and served as the Director of the Employment and Training Council at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, advocating on behalf of big city mayors for new education and workforce legislation. Mindy started her career at Oakland Community College, helping low-income women successfully complete college to gain a family-sustaining wage job. Mindy holds an MPA from The George Washington University and BA from the University of Maryland. 

Honorable Bruce Landsberg (invited)

Bruce Landsberg was sworn in as Vice Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on August 7, 2018, to become its 43rd Member. Before coming to the NTSB, Vice Chairman Landsberg was with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association from 1992 to 2014 where he served as executive director of the Air Safety Foundation until 2010, and then as president of the AOPA Foundation and Air Safety Institute until he retired in 2014. Under his leadership, the organization received international recognition and numerous awards for promoting light aircraft safety. During his AOPA tenure, he conducted countless safety seminars and wrote a monthly column on aviation safety for its magazine, AOPA Pilot.


Karen Main

Karen Main is Founder and CEO of Innovations in Training. She specializes in the design and delivery of innovative leadership development programs. Her work has been recognized by numerous professional associations including the Asch Center @ The Harvard Kennedy School. She is a graduate of the University of Denver and certified by Harvard in “The Art & Practice of Leadership Development.” As a popular speaker and consultant, Karen delivers interactive training that gets participants out of their seats and thinking differently. She was past faculty at the University of Denver’s University College and has held leadership positions with the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Association for Talent Development and the Colorado chapter of IPMA-HR. Her company, Innovations In Training, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year!


Stephen J. McMahon

Stephen McMahon is the Director of Safety Innovation with The MITRE Corporation. As Director of Safety Innovation, Steve helps the MITRE team advance aerospace safety, security, and efficiency through the application of Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence and other advanced technologies in new and novel ways. To do this, Steve refines complex information and analyses into effective action, provides thought leadership and brings innovative safety approaches into reality.

Steve began his career as an air traffic controller and gained experience as he rose through the ranks to senior executive at the FAA and The MITRE Corporation. He acts simultaneously as diplomat, broker, influencer, leader, and listener by building relationships of trust with the workforce and liaising with industry, government agencies, academia, entrepreneurs, aviation industries, aircraft manufacturers and other key sectors to help drive safety innovation and shape critical issues.

Mr. McMahon holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics degree with Summa Cum Laude honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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