Gene Kranz

Iconic NASA Flight Control Director

Gene Kranz shares lessons from one of mankind’s most challenging endeavors, revealing how grit, teamwork and thoughtful leadership ensure victory in any circumstance.

An iconic NASA flight director, Gene is best known for his leadership in bringing Apollo 13 safely back to Earth and guiding Apollo 11 into history with the first moon landing. He was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his heroism, leadership and steely resolve.

The author of the best-seller, Failure Is Not An Option, he was portrayed by Ed Harris in Ron Howard’s blockbuster film Apollo 13 and has been inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Gene discusses the courage and determination that inspired the team responsible for the space program’s success, drawing lessons that organizations can use to create an environment for excellence. He leaves audiences empowered with key takeaways on instilling a can-do mindset and preserving the pioneering spirit of America for future generations.

Gene Kranz will speak on the Main Stage at PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 in San Francisco, at 3:15 p.m. Jan. 7. His appearance is sponsored by Visit Houston, hosts for PCMA Convening Leaders 2021.