Dr. Natalya Bailey

Dr. Natalya Bailey

The Emerging Technologist Abie Award recognizes a midcareer woman technologist in the first 10 years of her technical career, and celebrates the creative ways she confronts problems and seeks solutions, as well as the potential she has to shape the future of her field for years to come. This year’s winner is Dr. Natalya Bailey, CEO and Co-founder at Accion Systems.

Natalya is considered one of the top leaders in the emerging field of small satellite propulsion. Natalya worked with her Co-founder to invent a new form of propulsion engine that made use of a liquid ion propulsion technology for small satellites that is safer to handle, cheaper to produce, and smaller in terms of mass and volume while she earned her doctorate in space propulsion at MIT in 2014.

In 2017, Natalya introduced a diversity program for hiring consisting of targeted recruitment, community outreach, co-op and internships, and community college outreach to augment its workforce with women and minorities that have been underrepresented in the industry. Over the past 12 months, 55% of Accion’s new hires were women.

Natalya is passionate about giving back to the community and mentoring those in her industry. She is one of the first mentors for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship, where she is mentoring a female aerospace student from Purdue University. By teaching the fundamentals of leadership and entrepreneurship, Natalya is also paving the way for a new generation of entrepreneurs by working as an official mentor at Youth CITIES, a Boston based nonprofit that empowers middle and high school students to innovate and drive change in their community.

Meet Natalya at GHC 19 during our Speaker’s Corner session, Wednesday, October 2, 1—1:45 p.m., AnitaB.org booth.

See Natalya’s session “Accelerating the Future of Space Through Scalable Electric Propulsion Technology” on Wednesday, October 2, 1:45—2:45 p.m., OCCC W300.

Thank you to Robert Half Technology for sponsoring the Emerging Technologist Abie Award.

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We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

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  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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