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Dr. Rhea Seddon, one of the first female astronauts

Rebellion Research Educational Series


12 Mar 2021

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012—HOLIDAY SPECIAL w/ Astronaut Rhea Seddon! Trailblazing & Ceiling Breaking: Part 1 of 3

Better Brew Podcast

This episode wraps with a funny personal Thanksgiving family story that includes her husband, their private plane and a jello mold! About our GuestShe was one of the 1st 6 women astronauts accepted by NASA, in the class of ‘35 that included Sally Ride and Judy Resnick. She went to Berkley in the 60s and protested the very war her future Top Gun pilot husband was flying over and fighting. She was one of only 6 women in her class of 100 at Medical School and the only woman in her residency program. Told she could wait in the nurse’s bathroom on a folding chair between surgeries while her male colleagues sat in the Doctor’s lounge, she managed it all with grace and style. She went on to marry fellow astronaut Capt. Robert Hoot Gibson and the two produced the world’s first Astrotot (children born to an astronaut couple). But what people don’t know is that after her days at NASA she became a business owner learning to navigate working and traveling with male colleagues in a business environment. Today in this exclusive interview we ask Dr. Seddon what it was like post Space Shuttle era working in and running a business, a home, and a life! You can catch Rhea in the National Geographic docu-series Challenger: The Final FlightIn this episode:Stephanie interviews Astronaut Rhea Seddon in an exclusive that features questions never before asked about Rhea's entrepreneurial life after NASA. This 3 part series covers her life post astronaut as a business owner, what it was like juggling a very public career while also being a wife and mom (Part 2). Plus an extra edition (Part 3) where she talks about what it was like to write her memoir.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/StephanieHuffman)


27 Nov 2020

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Reaching for the Stars with Dr. Rhea Seddon: Episode 294 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

The Action Catalyst

Dr. Rhea Seddon is a woman of many firsts. One of only six women in her medical school class of 100, she was the first woman ever accepted to the surgery residency program at her university. In 1978,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

31 Jul 2019

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Reaching for the Stars with Dr. Rhea Seddon: Episode 294 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

The Action Catalyst

Dr. Rhea Seddon is a woman of many firsts. One of only six women in her medical school class of 100, she was the first woman ever accepted to the surgery residency program at her university. In 1978, she was one of the first six women accepted into the Astronaut Corps, and when she married fellow astronaut Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson, they became the first active astronauts to wed. Together they produced the first official “astrotots” (children born to two astronauts). In addition to her space career, Dr. Seddon’s life experiences have led her from surgeon to licensed private pilot, to healthcare executive, entrepreneur, author, president of a large women’s charity group and now, professional speaker.Entering the Astronaut Corps in 1978, she served the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for nineteen years, spending thirty days in space aboard three Space Shuttle flights.After leaving NASA in 1997, Dr. Seddon was appointed the Assistant Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt University Medical Group in Nashville, where she focused on innovative systems and methodologies for improving teamwork in healthcare. Eleven years later, she continued that work as a founding partner of LifeWings Partners, LLC, which teaches those concepts to healthcare institutions across the United States.She is a member of both the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame and Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and her significant contributions to aeronautics and science were recognized in 2015 when she became the eighth woman inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. That year, she also published her autobiography, Go For Orbit, and in 2016, she was awarded the Independent Book Publishers Association Ben Franklin Gold Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir.Based on her diverse life experiences, Dr. Seddon enjoys sharing the wisdom gained and lessons learned as she speaks nationally and internationally about teamwork, leadership and inspiring others to recognize and act upon life’s many opportunities.Show Highlights:I loved being able to have something important I wanted to do, and understand I may never get there, so what knowing I had to figure out Plan B. —Dr. Rhea SeddonIt's an obstacle to overcome people's biases about you. —Dr. Rhea SeddonWe had to prove ourselves and I think that's something women will always have to do when they do something new or something people think they won't be successful that. —Dr. Rhea SeddonIf I persevered and kept trying, I could do things that I never thought I could. —Dr. Rhea SeddonWhen you have the confidence and have navigated problems in the past, you come out at the end. A lot of times, it has to do with mentors or a bucket list you might have. There are a lot of ways people can get past what, at the time, looks like an insurmountable barrier. But you have to give it time. —Dr. Rhea SeddonWhen you're having difficulty, you just put one foot in front of the other until you come out on the other side. —Dr. Rhea SeddonIt has never occurred to me to be mediocre. My father always encouraged me to do what I wanted but he also told me to be good at it. To do your best. —Dr. Rhea SeddonI always tell fathers of daughters how important they are in their daughter's lives. —Dr. Rhea SeddonI hope to be able to inspire people until I'm very old. —Dr. Rhea SeddonDr. Seddon's final thoughts: When you're discouraged, I think it's really helpful to have other people to lift you up and remind you that everyone has a contribution in this world and talents. Sometimes you can't walk that path all by yourself and you have to find people to help you get through it.The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Dan Moore, President of Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct-sales company in America, and Partner with Southwestern Consulting. With more than 45 years in sales leadership and marketing management, Dan has a wealth of knowledge to share on how to make better use of time to achieve li...

31 Jul 2019

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Tennessee Explorers - Rhea Seddon

Tennessee Explorers

Rhea Seddon discusses what it was like to become the "First Lady of Space". She describes her journey from middle school science classes to being an astronaut on the Space Shuttle.


11 Oct 2013

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Dr. Rhea Seddon: "The Sky is Not the Limit--Studying Life Sciences on the Space Shuttle"

Science and Technology - Videos

1hr 16mins

22 Oct 2009