Tue, Dec 08 | Maggiano's Little Italy

December 2020 Luncheon

These ladies are all Space Explorers. They've been there. Done that. How were they selected? Join us for an amazing look behind the scenes of the Astronaut Selection Panel.
Registration is Closed

Time & Location

Dec 08, 2020, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Maggiano's Little Italy, 2019 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, USA

About The Event

What does an astronaut look like? The answer to that question has certainly changed since the first man walked on the moon. 

Did you know that a recent class of astronauts marks the first time in history half of the eight selected astronauts are female?

With hundreds of applicants for each position, who decides?  What is the process?  How has the pandemic affected that?  How has SpaceX affected the process?

So many quesions! 

Deborah Urbanski, Director of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at NASA Johnson Space Center, sits on the Astronaut Selection Panel and has the answers!  Join us for lunch and a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes.

Connect with other H-town Aggies on December 8 for another "can't miss" episode of Houston Aggie Women Networking Luncheons.

Maggiano's will be observing all recommended social distancing guidelines.

No more than 6 guests at each table. Maximum of 24 guests in the room. All banquet staff will be wearig masks and gloves.

We don't know what the guidelines will be on December 8th, but whatever they are, we'll be observing them. Stay tuned for updates.

Like all Houston Aggie Women events, the December 8th Networking Lunch is OPEN TO ALL.  No membership required.

Current members do get a discount on their lunch price, however.  If you are not a 2020 Member, click here to purchase your 2021 Membership now and begin taking advantage of Member Pricing immediately.

$30 Member Early Bird Pricing – register no later than December 4th. $35 Member Price if you pay on-line after December 4th or at the door.

$35 NON-Member Early Bird Pricing – register no later than December 4th. $40 NON-Member Price if you pay on-line after December 4th or at the door.

Past lunches have SOLD OUT.  We cannot guarantee you a seat unless you register online before the event.

NOTE: The room capacity limit may decrease as we approach the actual date of this event. Better safe than sorry....

Lunch is served family-style - this month's menu includes salad, grilled chicken with veggies, pasta, and don't forget those fabulous desserts! Yum!

Questions? E-mail JClark@melton-melton.com or Info@HoustonAggieWomen.com.

HOUSTON AGGIE WOMEN is a key resource for Aggie women, friends and family.  We connect the Houston Aggie community through networking, education, and giving back.

Our events are OPEN TO ALL - men and women, Aggies and Non-Aggies - anyone needing a little boost.

Second Tuesday of every month - networking starts at 11:30 a.m., lunch from 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us for good food, good conversation, and an interesting speaker - sometimes an Aggie, sometimes not, but always interesting.

Afraid you won't know anyone there?  Bring a friend!

Can't find a friend to bring?  Don't worry!  In a room full of friendly Aggies, you're bound to find a conversation to join.  And with our wide range of Class Years, you'll probably find someone with a Class Ring just like yours.


Deborah Henshaw Urbanski is the Director of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity at NASA, Johnson Space Center (JSC). As the director, Deborah has made significant contributions to JSC’s efforts to attract, and retain a diverse, highly qualified workforce.

She is a continuing member of the JSC Inclusion & Innovation (I&I) Council, and led efforts to pilot a disability advisory group. The success of this effort led to the JSC I & I Council agreeing to charter grassroots Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in 2011. She continued to champion the Differently-Abled Advisory Group until they were officially chartered as the No Boundaries ERG (NoBo) whose mission is to support and strengthen recruitment, on-boarding, retention, and workplace satisfaction of Individuals with Disabilities. She chairs the Diversity Network, a forum for all nine JSC ERGs and their Executive Sponsors to meet, collaborate, network, build relationships and leverage inclusion initiatives.

Deborah currently sits on numerous selection boards including the Astronaut Selection Panel and is most proud of the recent diverse class where for the first time in history half of the eight selected astronauts are female.

One of Deborah’s many duties is to serve as the JSC Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Coordinator to promote and assist with the early resolution of workplace conflict, and under her leadership the program has experienced numerous milestones during the past five years. She stood up a Shared Neutrals Program by developing a partnership with the Houston Federal Executive Board ADR Consortium and other state and federal agencies in the Houston area. Ms. Urbanski has coordinated and conducted several forty-hour mediation courses, which were attended by employees throughout NASA and other state, and federal agencies. Deborah has been mediating since 1991 and has conducted well over 1200 mediations.

Prior to coming to NASA she was the Supervisory Attorney-ADR Coordinator who developed and implemented the Mediation Program at the Houston District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Before her work at the EEOC, Ms. Urbanski founded the Fort Bend County Dispute Resolution Center and her own successful, private dispute resolution corporation in Houston, Texas.

On a personal note, Deborah graduated from the University of Texas and South Texas College of Law. She is married to David Urbanski, graduate of her school’s archrival Texas A & M. They have an Australian Shepherd named Shen. She stays busy fishing, reading, traveling and antiquing. She wants her epitaph to read, “I hope that I left no unused vacation time, and I hope that I did some good.”

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