Cecilia Aragon Ted Talk

Cecilia Aragon speaks on stage at TED in December 2021. Photo: Gilberto Tadday / TED

Cecilia can present to your group on Life & Leadership Transformation, Data Science, AI, STEM, or Aviation. Her inspirational talks on overcoming fear and achieving seemingly impossible goals leave audiences energized and excited. She will equip attendees to reach their goals faster by employing an “Aerobatic Pilot Framework” to overcome challenges. She has spoken at major corporations such as TED, Google, Nokia, Roche Laboratories, and IBM; top universities and national labs such as Stanford and MIT; and has keynoted national and international conferences. Watch a 2-minute sample video of Cecilia’s talk, then read more below. Contact her for speaking inquiries.

Cecilia Aragon 2-minute sample talk video

About Dr. Cecilia Aragon

Dr. Cecilia Aragon is a computer scientist, professor, entrepreneur, award-winning author, and champion aerobatic pilot. She’s worked with Nobel Prize winners, taught astronauts to fly, and created musical simulations of the universe with rock stars.

Her innovative research, and a stint at NASA designing software for Mars missions, led President Obama to call her “one of the top scientists and engineers in the country.” In addition to her love of math and science, she’s passionate about helping others face their own fears and challenges to achieve their goals.

Her award-winning memoir, FLYING FREE, debuted on five bestseller lists and is a TODAY Show and Ms. Magazine Recommended Read. It’s the story of how a timid daughter of immigrants broke free from expectations to become the first Latina pilot to secure a place on the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team and earn the right to represent her country. Learn more about Cecilia’s books.

Contact Cecilia for speaking inquiries.

Speaking Topics

From Fear to Freedom:
How a Tech Visionary Overcame Fear to Soar

Bring Dr. Cecilia Aragon to speak to your organization to share how she broke free from expectations and rose above her own limits by combining her passion for flying with math and logic in unexpected ways. Her story will inspire you to overcome your own greatest fears and achieve the freedom you always dreamed of. You don’t have to be a math whiz or a science geek to learn from her story. You just have to want to soar. Dr. Aragon will inspire and equip attendees to reach their goals faster by employing an “Aerobatic Pilot Framework” to overcome challenges to achieving their aspirations.

Bio: Dr. Aragon directs the Human-Centered Data Science Lab at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on analysis of vast data sets. Her innovative work, and a stint designing software for NASA, led President Obama to call her “one of the top scientists and engineers in the country” when she received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She has worked with Nobel Prize winners, taught astronauts to fly, and created musical simulations of the universe with rock stars. She is one of the co-founders of Latinas in Computing. Her books are Flying Free (Blackstone 2020), Human-Centered Data Science (MIT Press 2022), and Writers in the Secret Garden: Fanfiction, Youth, and New Forms of Mentoring (MIT Press 2019). She has spoken at major corporations such as TED, Google, Nokia, Roche Laboratories, and IBM; top universities and national labs such as Stanford and MIT; and has keynoted national and international conferences.

Speaking Engagement:

30-minute presentation on how to become unstoppable on the way to your goals, utilizing an “Aerobatic Pilot Framework” to overcome challenges, followed by a 15-30 minute Q&A for a general audience.

From Fear to Freedom: How a Tech Visionary Overcame Fear to Soar

Bring Dr. Cecilia Aragon to speak to your organization to share how she broke free from expectations and rose above her own limits by combining her passion for flying with math and logic in unexpected ways. Her “Aerobatic Pilot Framework” will equip you to overcome your own greatest fears and achieve the freedom you always dreamed of. You don’t have to be a math whiz or a science geek to learn from her story. You just have to want to soar.

Speaking Engagement:

30-minute presentation on using math to overcome fear, how to utilize the “Aerobatic Pilot Framework” to overcome challenges, followed by a 15-30 minute Q&A.

Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence

There have been extraordinary advances in our ability to collect, analyze, and interpret vast amounts of data which have transformed the fundamental nature of artificial intelligence. The human aspects of AI, including how to support creativity and human insight without violating individual rights, how to address ethical concerns, and the consideration of societal impacts, have received less attention. Yet these human
issues are becoming increasingly vital to the future of AI. AI is human-centered whether we believe it or not, so human issues in AI must be dealt with thoughtfully.

Speaking Engagement:

45-minute presentation on how to use generative AI, including how to utilize the “Aerobatic Pilot Framework” to overcome challenges, followed by a 15 minute Q&A for a general audience.

 

US Unlimited Aerobatic Team pilot, CFI, and engineering professor Cecilia Aragon talks about the many ways aerobatics (flying spins, loops, and rolls) can help anyone overcome fear and become a better pilot—as well as her personal journey from timid child to the World Aerobatic Championships.

CECILIA ARAGON’s memoir, FLYING FREE: My Victory over Fear to Become the First Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team (2020), debuted on five bestseller lists, is the winner of the 2021 Nancy Pearl Award, and is a TODAY Show Recommended Read. FLYING FREE lifts readers into the skies on a woman’s aviation journey from fearful, bullied child to champion aerobatic pilot.

Speaking Engagement:

30-minute presentation on overcoming the fear of flying, learning how to fly aerobatics with a focus on aviation safety, followed by a 30 minute Q&A for an aviation audience.

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