Rod Pyle speaks on innovation, leadership and the inspiration of NASA's greatest endeavors. He has authored multiple works on innovation, leadership and space history for major publishers including Smithsonian, HarperCollins, Random House, Sterling, Carlton and NASA/ The Conference Board. His presentations include "Innovation the NASA Way" and "Leadership the NASA Way," as vividly examined in his 2014 book “Innovation the NASA Way” published by McGraw-Hill Business Education. Rod offers powerful hands-on innovation and leadership development exercises as well as customized presentations.
Programs for 2015 include
• Innovation the NASA Way: Bringing the power of NASA's greatest innovations to your organization
• Leadership Lessons from Mission Control: Wisdom from the world's most powerful management team that will revolutionize how you lead
Rod designed and wrote the Apollo Leadership Development Experience in association with The Conference Board and NASA's Johnson Space Center. He co-facilitated these programs for C-suite executives from Fortune 100 companies as well as corporate training professionals, and has been prasied for passionate enthusiasm, strong engagement and broad expertise from business leaders and senior NASA executives.
His book "Innovation the NASA Way" has received powerful reviews and generated dozens of media appearances including PBS, WGN, KFI, the Washington Post, WSJ, WIRED and NPR. “Leadership Lessons from Mission Control” will premiere in 2015, examining the taut leadership systems used by NASA for the Apollo moon landings, the space shuttle and the Mars rovers. Other books include "Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission" (Random House, 2014), which was selected by The Guardian as a July Science Book of the Month. "Destination Mars" (Prometheus, 2012) was a Scientific American Book Club selection and was hailed by The Washington Post as “The best recent guide to Mars exploration.” Other notable credits and dozens of positive reviews are available upon request.
Rod was the keynote speaker at the “2014 Solver’s Symposium” for Nalco-Champion/Ecolab in Houston, TX, speaking on innovation leadership. He spent a decade as a visiting professor at the University of La Verne and other top educational institutions. His speaking style has been frequently praised as "impassioned," "boundlessly optimistic" and "authoritative and inspiring."
Rod has recieved endorsements and recognition from the ougoing Deputy Director of NASA, Johnson Space Center's Chief Knowldge Officer, the President and CEO of Conoco-Philips, the Vice President of Research and Development for Nalco-Champion/Ecolab, and numerous other C-suite executives from both the private and public sector. See the testamonials page on SpeakerMatch or LinkedIn.
Rod has a Master's Degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design. He studied astronomy and geology at UCLA, and worked in public outreach at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
Video excerpts, PowerPoint samples and client testimonials available upon request.
- "Innovation the NASA Way" (McGraw-Hill Business Education, 2014)
- "CURIOSITY: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Missions and the People Who Made it Happen" (Random House, 2014)
- "Destination Mars" (Prometheus, 2012)
- "Destination Moon" (Smithsonian/HarperCollins, 2005, 2007, 2009)
- "Missions to the Moon" (Sterling, 2010)
- "In Their Own Words: The Space Race" (Audible/Topics, 2007)
- "Modern Marvels: Apollo 11" (The History Channel; 3 other episodes)
- WIRED "Innovation Insights"