Leadership Under Stress:
Exploring Project Failure at NASA


Stephen Carver, Senior Lecturer in Project and Programme Management at Cranfield School of Management

Carver will take us on a journey through NASA’s intense organizational and project management challenges up to and beyond pivotal “Go/No Go” decisions the night before a space launch. He exposes NASA’s shortcomings in planning, procurement, leadership, and change management – connecting these failures and innovations to law firm technology projects.


Prior to Cranfield University, Stephen worked on projects for the oil business, at Virgin, and directly for a global CEO as head of Project & Programme Management Strategy. He has experience of Project and Programme Management in almost all business sectors from banks to oil, to construction and law firms.

Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales and has lectured worldwide. His reputation consists of taking complex management concepts such as Project, Programme Change and Crisis Management and distilling them down to highly informative and fun lectures.

The Power of Rejection


Jia Jiang, Chief Executive Officer, Rejection Therapy and CEO/Founder, Wuju

The fear of rejection can hold you back. Our natural tendency is to avoid it at all costs which can be detrimental to our businesses, careers, and lives. In 2012, to overcome his own fear of rejection, entrepreneur Jia Jiang started an experiment to be rejected every day for 100 days. In this engaging presentation, Jia shares stories from his rejection experiment to teach you the importance of becoming rejection-proof, the basic principles of turning a NO into YES, as well as how to get more YESes.


Jia Jiang is a top resilience keynote speaker with the most viewed TED Talk of 2017 and the bestselling author of Rejection Proof. In 2019, Toastmasters International awarded Jiang the Golden Gavel, which is given annually to honor the best keynote speaker in the industry. In his book, website, and talks, Jiang provides inspiration and knowledge for people and organizations to become fearless through rejection training.

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