August 7, 2019 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Learn from Jim Wetherbee, NASA Astronaut & Author, Keynote Speaker at the 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit

Meet NASA Astronaut and Author Jim Wetherbee, Keynote Speaker

The 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit, March 9-13 

Hear Jim Wetherbee’s Keynote, Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:00 am


Join his Best Practices session, Thursday, March 12, 10:15-11:45 am

You could say he’s a legitimate risk-taker

As a NASA astronaut, a captain in the U.S. Navy, an aviator, a test pilot, and an aerospace engineer, Jim Wetherbee has dealt with plenty of hazardous situations and unforgiving environments in his 35-year career.

Wetherbee is passionate about helping leaders and operators perform successfully. You’ll feel that passion come through in his presentations at the Global TapRooT® Summit.

Among his accomplishments, Wetherbee is:

  • the only American astronaut to have commanded five spaceflight missions;
  • a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions;
  • the only person to have landed the Space Shuttle five times;
  • the commander of two missions to the Russian Space Station, Mir, and two missions to the International Space Station;
  • past Director, Flight Crew Operations, specifically selected to improve the flight and ground safety in the astronaut corps;

and he can tell you what it took to get the first astronauts around the Moon and back. After the Columbia accident, Wetherbee was selected to enhance the safety aspects in the organizational culture at the Johnson Space Center, home of NASA’s human space flight program.

You’re going to want to hear Jim Wetherbee at the 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit

Wetherbee took his experience and expertise as a former NASA executive and astronaut to the oil and gas industry, serving as a Safety and Operations Auditor for BP. Four years later, he was selected as a VP for Operating Leadership. In this role, he supported efforts to improve performance results consistently over the long-term, by emphasizing effective leadership behaviors as a key way to influence and inspire people to conduct safe and high-quality operations.

In his presentations at the Summit, you’ll hear Jim talk about lessons learned from his experiences in aerospace, aviation, oil & gas, and similar dangerous industries. His book, Controlling Risk–In a Dangerous World, has a goal-defining subtitle:

30 Techniques for Operating Excellence: How to Predict and Prevent the Next Accident and Improve Performance and Productivity in Hazardous Operations, Business, and Everyday Life.

Essentially, Wetherbee’s book is the techniques of operating excellence, based on principles he created at NASA to help astronauts accomplish missions, operate with the highest quality, and prevent all accidents, including unpredictable ones.

Simply stated, attend the 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit and learn from Jim Wetherbee—and his Controlling Risk book—about what to do to improve human performance. His Keynote presentation, Controlling Risk in a Dangerous World, will be geared to help managers and employees understand how “principles-based techniques” can supplement “rules-based procedures.” Wetherbee describes it as, “This is what good operators do when they are working in the field in a high-quality way.”

Sign up for the 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit at Horseshoe Bay Resort, near Austin, Texas, for Summit week March 9-13, 2020

Reap the benefits of learning through advanced pre-summit courses, conveniently offered march 9-10, 2020

Breakout sessions and Keynote speakers for the 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit will definitely not disappoint. You’ll hear world-renowned Keynote speakers from diverse walks of life: NASA astronaut Jim Wetherbee; System Improvements Vice President of Business Development, Marcus Miller; and Corporate Comedian Don McMillan. You’ll also reconnect with Frank Abagnale Jr., the main character whose life story was told in the movie Catch Me If You Can. Abagnale, now with the FBI, guarantees a colorful, unique perspective.

NOTE: Register 3 or more people at the same time (all registrants must be registered simultaneously in order to receive the discount) and get a discount. Also, save $200 when you register for the Summit and a 2-day Pre-Summit Course.

Register here for the 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit. Horseshoe Bay Resort, near Austin, Texas, for Summit week, March 9-13, 2020. Check out the advanced Pre-Summit courses, March 9-10.

Be sure to watch for and use the hashtag #taprootsummit to keep up with news and posts about the Summit. We look forward to seeing you in Texas!

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