Accolades 25th Business Leader of the Year Award Luncheon
Annually since 1993, the Accolades Business Leader of the Year & Annual Awards luncheon has been hosted to celebrate the accomplishments of the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, its members, supporters and the women in business community overall.
The luncheon offers an expanded format with emceed program remarks, a keynote speaker, limited edition publications, well-earned recognitions and a silent auction to support the SCWCC Foundation. Save the third-Tuesday-in-August date for this special event, and check back here for added details as the event approaches!
Tuesday, August 21
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel
4 South Cascade
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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LIEUTENANT GENERAL (RET) SUSAN J. HELMS, USAF
Lt Gen (R) Helms was commissioned from the US Air Force Academy in 1980, and upon graduation, she served as an F-15 and F-16 weapons separation engineer and a flight test engineer. Following completion of her Masters of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, she served on the Faculty of the US Air Force Academy in the Department of Aeronautics. She was subsequently selected to attend the USAF Test Pilot School, Flight Test Engineer Course, Edwards AFB, CA, completing the year long school as a Distinguished Graduate. After graduation, she served as project officer on the CF-18 aircraft as a U.S. Air Force Exchange Officer to the Canadian Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment, at Cold Lake AFB, Alberta, Canada. As a flight test engineer, Lt Gen (R) Helms has flown in 30 types of U.S. and Canadian military aircraft.
Selected by NASA in January 1990, Lt Gen (R) Helms became an astronaut in July 1991. On Jan. 13, 1993, then an Air Force major and a member of the space shuttle Endeavour crew, she became the first U.S. military woman in space. She flew on STS-54 (1993), STS-64 (1994), STS-78 (1996) and STS-101 (2000), and served aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as a member of the Expedition-2 crew (2001). A veteran of five space flights, Lt Gen (R) Helms has logged 211 days in space, and accomplished a spacewalk of eight hours, 56 minutes, a world record that stands today.