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The Presidential Speaker Series at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus welcomes industry leaders, prominent alumni and trailblazers in aviation, aerospace and related fields into a conversation with students, faculty, staff and the greater community.

A student moderator leads these interviews, with a focus ranging from effective leadership and groundbreaking technologies to insights into the workforce and industry trends.

Each 90-minute event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Willie Miller Instructional Center, Lemerand Auditorium. The series and campus parking are free.

The Willie Miller Instructional Center is located near the middle of campus, west of the
Mori Hosseini Student Union, and closest to parking lots Armstrong, Mustang, and Falcon.

A recap of each event is posted and you can use the links below to watch on YouTube.

Previous Speakers

The Honorable Jennifer Homendy speaker series event

A Conversation with the JetBlue CEO

Joanna Geraghty
April 17, 2024

Judge Homendy

A Conversation with the Chair of the NTSB

The Honorable Jennifer Homendy
March 6, 2024

Speaker Series Gianfranco Beting

The Secretive Ingredients for a Disruptive Aviation Company

Gianfranco "Panda" Beting
Azul Airlines and Breeze Airways Co-Founder
March 7, 2023

Phoenix Air Speaker Series

Phoenix Air: Special Equipment, Missions and Unmanned Aircraft

WIlliam E. Lovett
Managing Director, Phoenix Air Unmanned, LLC

Dent M. Thompson
Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, Pheonix Air Group, Inc.
November 15, 2022

Dan Elwell

Pilots and Automation

Dan Elwell
Former FAA administrator
October 3, 2022

The Dynamic Drop Point

Tyler Grinnell
Vice President of Flight and Launch, Virgin Orbit
April 20, 2022

What's Your Flight Plan

Tom Conard
Vice President
The Boeing Company
September 28, 2021

Jeff Knittel

Aviation Outlook with Airbus

Jeff Knittel
Chairman and CEO, Airbus Americas, Inc.
May 13, 2020

Leading through the Turbulence

William S. Ayer

Retired Chairman, CEO
Alaska Air Group

February 11, 2020

Aerospace Redefined

Dr. Mauro Atalla
Collins Aerospace, SVP
Engineering & Technology
Oct. 30, 2019

50 Years of Aerospace: Past and Present

Barry Eccleston
Former CEO, President
Airbus Americas Inc.
Sep 27, 2019

Alfred Flowers

A Conversation with the Longest-Serving Airman

Maj. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers
Unites States Air Force (Ret.)
April 18, 2019

Pat Anderson

Future of Urban Air Mobility

Dr. Pat Anderson, Ph.D.
Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle
February 22, 2019

National Air and Space Museum

Ellen Stofan, Ph.D.
Director, National Air and Space Museum
February 4, 2019

Future of Space in Florida

Congressman Ron DeSantis
April 18, 2017