The irresistible callĀ of Space!

Kim Ellis Hayes is a distinguished leader in STEM, space research & law, and aerospace education. With a wealth of executive experience in mining, mineral processing, and advanced manufacturing processes, her expertise in aerospaceĀ legal compliance in US and Australian Aerospace markets is unique. Underneath it all, Kim is fascinated by Space, Science & Law, andĀ has an explorers mindset.Ā Ā 



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Nice to meet you!Ā I'm Kim Ellis Hayes, an award-winning Australian/American lawyer, scientist, and STEM professional! I traded my steelcap boots and hardhat for a spacesuit!

My career transition is nothing short of a thrilling adventureā€”from donning steelcap boots and a hardhat to embracing theĀ  astronaut training!

My path to the Aerospace sector was anything but ordinary, marked by a rollercoaster of emotions, challenges, and pivotal moments. The turning point came when, after returning to the workforce and dedicating years as a research scientist at BHP-Billiton, I faced redundancy. This unexpected twist propelled me towards an incredible opportunity to train as a lawyer & Scientist-Astronaut Candidate and spearhead Australia's inaugural multidisciplinary, undergraduate space education program. I made a vow to redefine my professional identity, diving headfirst into the Aerospace field. This bold decision has taken me across the globe, from Germany to the USA, enriching my career and life experiences.

I invite you to embark on this transformative journey with me. Discover my courses, engage in personalized coaching, book me for an inspiring keynote or training session, or join our dynamic community of extraordinary individuals today.


"I invited Kim to share her unique international insight and experience as a speaker for the Space Congress which has been held each year at Cape Canaveral since the early 1960’s. I took over as NASA liaison for Space Congress in 2016 and wanted  to add more international speakers. Kim’s  presentations were exciting, interesting and engaging, and I highly recommend Kim as a speaker, panelist or moderator for your next conference, training or event- she is a true professional. (The Space Congress is a 3 day conference which brings together space industry experts and leaders and attracts an audience of around 1000 people including current and former Astronauts, NASA space program professionals and Commercial Space Industry leaders)."

- Suzy Cunningham, 

Aerospace Engineer, NASA Kennedy Space Center Strategy & Integration Manager


"Kim was invited to speak at the bi-annual Flinders Horizon Award Leadership Summit which featured distinguished and experienced leaders across a range of industries and disciplines. Kim delivered an inspiring and engaging presentation to Flinders university students, with honest and generous responses to student questions. Kim was excellent to work with – super prepared and professional - and we were delighted with the positive feedback we received from students. Thank you for sharing your story Kim!


- Ursula Bronicki, 

Team Leader Flinders Horizon Award

"One of the most essential ingredients for a great Awards night is the keynote speaker – and Kim was the highlight of the night. The moment Kim took to the stage, the audience of more than 350 were enthralled. Her story is unique and inspiring, and it was delivered with such genuine energy and presence. 

 Kim’s illustrious career, taking her all the way to NASA is incredible and should be heard. She has the ability to connect with people in a powerful way – I would highly recommend Kim, and would be honoured to have her speak at future events. "

- Peter Francis, 

Dantia CEO, Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards in 2019