Mike shares with audiences personal stories of inspiration, innovation, teamwork and leadership as drawn from his experiences in one of the greatest and most dangerous jobs someone can have—NASA astronaut. Through humor and storytelling, he highlights the pursuit and achievement of a childhood dream, the dedication and teamwork necessary to train for one of NASA’s most difficult space missions, the determination needed to face tragedies like the Columbia space shuttle accident, and the innovation and leadership necessary to overcome seemingly insurmountable trials when in space and beyond. He leaves his audiences understanding the value of having passion for what you do, of perseverance in achieving a goal, of building a team to meet great challenges, and of creativity and innovation in problem solving. He also inspires audiences with the awe and beauty of space and shares his thoughts on the future—both personal and in regard to the ever-changing and competitive space program. Contact him here!

Media Highlights

Media Highlights

Introducing Mike

Introducing Mike

Video Introduction

Video Introduction

Massimino on Persistance

Massimino on Persistance

Funny Water Survival Story

Funny Water Survival Story

Following Dreams and Setting Goals

Following Dreams and Setting Goals

Recovering from the Space Shuttle Accident

Recovering from the Space Shuttle Accident

An Astronaut's View of Space

An Astronaut's View of Space

Teamwork and Innovation to Overcome Crisis

Teamwork and Innovation to Overcome Crisis

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“The session went really well! We had almost 300 people from around the world tune in live for Mike's presentation. He told a great story and wove in messages around not giving up on your dreams, teamwork, working in isolation, and a lot of others. We have received extremely good feedback from participants, unsolicited, around his story and message. I think it was a home run or a perfect lift off!“

3M Virtual Event

“I have been receiving messages all morning about your presentation, and how truly inspirational it was. The team is on cloud nine right now.”

Labster Virtual Event

“As anticipated, you delivered a talk that was spot on! The comments have all been on how relevant your content was to our business. Thanks for your prep and tremendous message!”

Terumo Aortic Virtual Event

“I sincerely appreciate the obvious thoughtfulness and effort to incorporate all the points we discussed the other day. I know this is going to be a big hit at the conference. I can’t think of a better message to close our meeting. Thanks for putting this together so quickly on what I know was very short notice.”

National Council for Air and Stream Improvement

“This was just truly amazing! Mike’s talk was truly inspiring and so motivating! Everyone loved it!”


“Thank You on behalf of all my DuPont colleagues who created, developed, and hosted the Emerging Leaders Conference. Your professionalism, sincerity, heartfelt connection with our emerging leaders resonated beyond belief.”


“Mike is so inspiring, motivational, and GENUINE!!! His stories are amazing – I could listen to him all day! It was truly a hit with our audience. Please thank Mike on behalf of the entire team. I hope we get to work together on another event in the future.”

Boston-based Retirement Services Organization Virtual Event

“He was really great to work with and just some amazing stories and we’re bummed our clients couldn’t meet him in person, but we think this is the next best thing. Sort of like him talking to us from space. Many of his stories are very topical to what we are all going through right now including the quarantine astronauts go through before going into space and the isolation even in space being disconnected from the world. The story of teamwork with his fellow astronaut classmates was especially powerful for me—this idea that we win or lose together. A great reminder that we’re all in this together right now. And I enjoyed his story about needing to both accept change and anticipate change in the same moment. You have 30 seconds of venting, ranting, or feeling sorry for yourself—and then you move forward. Because the only constant is change. Really powerful! Please thank him for us.”

Personify Software Virtual Event

“OMG – he was awesome! Everyone loved him!! He stayed to sign books and I think all 300 people waited in line to have him do so. We extended lunch by 30 minutes so that everyone could have a chance to meet him, get their photos with him, and get their books signed. Mike is so genuine and so personable. He mingled with everyone before and after his talk. He is truly fabulous. We’ll certainly recommend him to other groups within UnitedHealth Group. We couldn’t have had a better motivator for our team.”

United Healthcare

“Mike was a hit and made everyone's day. His presentation was really well done and set a great, positive and fun tone for our event. He was an absolute pleasure to work with. We really appreciate all the time he took to speak and take pictures with our customers. Everyone loved him and his keynote was stellar.

We absolutely loved having him at Zoomtopia.”


“We can’t thank you enough for your inspiring kick off presentation. You set just the right tone for our meeting and inspired our guests to create innovative approaches to solving some of our thorniest business issues. The meeting was a rousing success and you played a big part teeing it up.“

Zurich North America

“We have gotten an incredible amount of positive feedback about your talk, and to say you delivered would be a complete understatement. Thank you for helping to inspire my team to be at their best with this amazing advancement for myeloma patients...for helping Janssen Oncology to DREAM BIG and GO FAR.“

Janssen Oncology

“Just wanted to take a minute and say thank you for your presentation yesterday. I have had numerous people stop me and tell me how much they loved your story – how your message really hit home with our transformation.”

Cook Medical

“I had the pleasure of hiring Mike to be our closing guest speaker at our annual user summit in Houston. In my role over the years, I have hired countless speakers to close out large user events and I will say that Mike is one of the best that I have ever hired. Not only is he a down to earth person and easy to talk with, but the message he delivers relates to everyone. Normally when you hire an external speaker to close out an event, there is usually a good size drop-off of people who are trying to catch a flight out of town. Not in our case. I looked around the room when Mike started and it was close to being as crowded as day 1 of the event (roughly 1300 people). Also, afterwards, Mike signed his books for attendees and we estimate that 500+ were in line to get a book signed. I would HIGHLY recommend Mike to anyone who needs a closing guest speaker.”


“I wanted to thank you for your contribution to our sales meeting… your talk was the highlight of the meeting for all in attendance. It is always great for me to see an individual like yourself with an incredible resume and unique life experiences who is still incredibly humble and down to earth (pardon the pun). You fit in perfectly with our company values. Please consider yourself an honorary member of the Cook family.

The feedback we got from the work you did at our meeting rated higher than anything we did, and it wasn’t even close. The message you delivered – the tone of never giving up, team culture, perseverance and overcoming challenges - still resonates this week in conversations I have had with people.”

Cook Vascular Programs

“Our leaders were inspired by your story and I believe walked away with a renewed sense of purpose and ready to focus on our new aspiration and goal. Your determination has encouraged us to think differently and be more courageous in our pursuits to impact society.”


“On behalf of the entire marketing leadership team THANK YOU once again for joining us for the seminar and sharing your amazing story! For our team, your talk was incredibly powerful and inspiring! We have heard so many positive comments. It gave a lot of meaning to the seminar and I know people will continue using your stories and quotes for a long time! I personally am also super inspired and looking forward to reading your book.”

The LEGO Group

“Our company is buzzing about how amazing it was to hear your stories, challenges and successes!”

Reliant NRG

“Mike Massimino was a great hit at our annual employee kickoff. Mike did an amazing job getting a full understanding of our company and incorporating it in his speech. He captured the entire audience from beginning to end, and he was just a perfect fit for the event.

You invested time and did your homework to understand the audience, understand our company, what we're trying to achieve, and you effectively honed in on what you could to assist in that journey. As a result, you connected immediately and effectively with our employees; your story of focus, persistence and perseverance, success and failure, and especially teamwork, combined with astonishing photos and videos, created a truly unique and inspiring experience and motivated our team.”


“Everyone was thrilled with the meeting, especially your presentation. I have never received so much positive feedback after one of our All Staff meetings.”

VSP Global

“Your inspiration, passion and down to earth style was nothing short of spectacular.”


“Mike was great. He did a fantastic job of engaging the audience with his stories and down-to- earth style (pardon the pun). He hit the mark on our key messages but didn’t beat people over the head with them. He integrated them seamlessly into his stories. I also appreciated that he hung around and chatted with a number of our colleagues after his remarks – even if it did nearly cause him to miss his flight. All told, he was a hit.”

CVS Caremark

“Your presentation was fantastic and highly rated by our audience. On behalf of USA Rice, and the more than 750 conference attendees, please accept our warmest appreciation for your contribution to the quality and success of the meeting.”

USA Rice

“The team is still buzzing about your inspirational and engaging talk. You were a huge hit! We look forward to including you in other events at Fidelity.“

Fidelity Investments

“We just wanted to say a big thank you for helping inspire our teams yesterday. And thank you for taking the extra time to sign books and pose for pics. All of those docs and frontline team members (and executives!) are buzzing with smiles today and repeating your stories. The messages that you deliver are very applicable to the work we do in acute healthcare.“

Orlando Health

“Thank you for the most relevant and spellbinding keynote speech I have ever seen; you've inspired everyone today with your determination and life lessons. Thank you so much for an amazing keynote! Everyone is still talking about it. Your session was phenomenal. The best one we’ve ever had by far!!!“

Cority Software

“Michael just did a talk for us at Roche today. Awesome, awe inspiring, brilliant speaker, incredible man. I learned so much, not just about resilience, it was like a masterclass in leadership, humility and presenting all rolled into one enthralling session.“

Roche Pharma

“Mike was a great speaker and communicated a powerful message in perseverance!“

Virtusa IT

“Mike, thank you for the great work you did for DuPont today. We all love the opportunity to work with you and we all commented that we pick up something new each time we listen to your presentation- so thank you for that as well!“

Senior Producer, Go West Creative

“Thank you for delivering such a great presentation. I’ve received so many messages from clients and colleagues expressing how much they enjoyed it and how inspired they were.“

Gartner Enterprise IT

“It was a pleasure to listen to the inspirational story of Mike's journey and how he kept at it despite multiple rejections. A lot to learn and ponder. Success doesn't come at first attempt. Michael Massimino - Respect!!! Thanks team Virtusa for organizing the event.“

Sr. Director Client Services @ Google


Achievement, Courage, Crisis Management, Disaster Preparedness, Innovation, Inspiring Lives, Leadership, Motivation, Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges, Personal Growth, Risk Management, Science, Teamwork

Past Clients

3M // 7 x 24 Exchange // AETNA Insurance // ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers) // AbbVie Pharmaceuticals // Acquia Software // Acumatica // Airfoil (Motus Integrated Technologies) // Allscripts Healthcare Systems // American Council of Life Insurers // American Express // American Museum of Natural History // Annual STEM Forum & Expo // Anthony’s Coal Fired // Arm & Hammer // Arçelik Home Appliances // Atlassian // Axalta // Blue Ridge Community College // Boy Scouts of America // CNBC // CPCU Society (Society of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) // CVS Caremark // Capital One // Carrier // Ceridian // Cigna // Citibank // Clark Planetarium // Cohn Reznick // Cook Medical // Cook Vascular Programs // Cority Software Inc. // Dell // Dematic // Devicor Medical Products // Disney ABC // Dodge Data and Analytics // DuPont // Enservio // Envision Career & Leadership Programs // Exyn Technologies // F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. // Fidelity Investments // Florida Chamber Commerce // Forever Living Products // Gartner Enterprise IT // Gartner, Inc. // Genentech // Gilead Sciences // GitHub // Glastonberry Music Festival // HP // Healthcare Business Media // Idaho Associated General Contractors // Imprivata // Independent Financial Group // Infor(US) // JP Morgan Chase // Jabra // Jane Street // Johnson & Johnson - Janssen Pharmaceuticals // Jones, Lang, LaSalle (JLL) // Labster // LeanIX EA Connect Days 2020 // MIT // Maritz CX // McCann Health // McKesson Healthcare // Mercedes // Merck & Co. Pharmaceuticals // Micro Focus // Ministry of Education - United Arab Emirates // Model N Rainmaker 2020 // NAPA Auto Parts // NSTA STEM Forum // National Association of Retired Federal Employees // National Council for Air & Stream // National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying // National Science Teachers Association // Nationwide Marketing Group // Nomura Holdings // Northwestern Mutual // Ogilvy Health // Oracle // Orlando Health // PCI Security Standards Council // Personify Inc // Pfizer // Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America // Pizza // Pool // Pratt & Whitney // Pure Insurance // Qlik Business Intelligence // RSA Conference 2020 (Cybersecurity) // Raytheon // Reliant NRG // Riverwood Capital // SAE // Sandler O’Neill and Partners, LP // Shell Oil // Smith and Associates // Social Chain // Southwest Power // Stark County Library // Sudler & Hennessey // Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc // TOMIA Global // Terumo Aortic // The LEGO Group // Tony LaRussa Leaders and Legends // Total Wine and More // Trader Joe’s // Transylvania City Library Foundation // Triple Blitz – Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett Packard // United Business Bankers // United Healthcare // Urovant Sciences // Vaisala // Verizon // Vermont Captive Insurance // Virtusa // W.W. Grainger, Inc // WinTrust // YPO Greenwich // Zoom // Zurich Insurance