Up Close and Way Beyond: Captain Scott Kelly Headlines Zenith Live


Beyond limits isn’t just the theme of this year’s Zenith Live cloud summit; it’s an homage to the resources we’ve all summoned this year in the face of global, social, professional, and economic challenges—some enormous and distant, some right in front of us every day. From rethinking how we take care of ourselves and others to how we work and learn, each of us has had to dig deep for the reserves we’ve needed. It hasn’t been easy,  but we’ve managed to find the tenacity, resiliency, and, at times, scrappiness to reach farther than we thought possible. 

It’s only fitting that the U.S. Astronaut and former Navy Captain Scott Kelly will be at Zenith Live to share his thoughts on the indomitability of the human spirit, its ability to go beyond limits.

I first saw Captain Scott Kelly at, of all places, a rock concert. In 2011, while living on the International Space Station (ISS), Kelly joined me (and 60,000 of my close friends) at a U2 concert. Beamed in live via satellite from space, Captain Kelly spoke to us directly on the big screen. He talked of unity, the notion of a one-world community, and "rising above all the nonsense."

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Captain Kelly has faced tests few people ever will, such as the extreme challenges of long-term spaceflight—its devastating effects on the body, the separation from loved ones, the pressures of close cohabitation, and the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk. 

In his keynote, Captain Kelly will share his remarkable trajectory from Navy fighter pilot to commander of the ISS. He’ll discuss the importance of leadership, teamwork, and embracing risk as a way to test your limits and achieve your full potential. A natural storyteller and bestselling author of Infinite Wonder, Endurance, and two books for young readers, we’re delighted that Captain Kelly will be at Zenith Live to share his unique insights into the infinite wonder of the galaxy and the strength of the human will.  

Scott Kelly is just one of the speakers we are thrilled to welcome to Zenith Live. There are many others who have led missions of their own, each with fascinating stories and unique perspectives on what it means to reach beyond limits—personally and professionally. Some of those speakers include: 

  • Nicole Darden Ford, VP and CISO, Carrier
  • Mike Towers, CISO, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company
  • Andy Greenberg, Technology Journalist & Author of ‘Sandworm’
  • Tony Gazikas, CIO IT Operations, Digital Product Security & Cybersecurity, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Rob Franch, CTO, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Hanna Hennig, CIO, Siemens AG
  • John Maya VP, Operational Excellence, Royal Caribbean Group
  • Jody Davids, Former SVP & Global CIO, PepsiCo
  • Jay Chaudhry, CEO, Chairman, and Founder, Zscaler


About Zenith Live 2020

Kicking off December 8, this year’s Zenith Live will be completely virtual and focused on preparing your organization for a secure digital future. For anyone driving digital transformation—network architects, security practitioners, CIOs and CISOs, and IT professionals at all levels—Zenith Live is the most important event you can attend this year. It offers informative sessions that can bolster you on your professional journey no matter where that may be. You can learn new skills or advance those you’ve already developed. You can engage with experts in areas of interest to you. You can meet with peers whose journeys are similar to your own. And you can hear from an astronaut who, just like you, knows a thing or two about going beyond limits. 

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