Princeton native Rebecca Wingfield will serve as the featured speaker for Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce's upcoming November Power in Partnership breakfast.

The breakfast program is set for Thursday, Nov. 7 at Julian Carroll Convention Center. It will include an annual "Salute to Education," and doors open at 6:45 a.m. for viewing of school displays, while the breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. It costs $15.

Wingfield is a NASA flight director at Johnson Space Center in Houston and returns to the area to speak at the chamber breakfast and at the STEM 4 Girls event at West Kentucky Community and Technical College later on Thursday.

She currently oversees planning, training and execution of human spaceflight missions with NASA. She was selected as a flight director in 2018 and marks the 92nd flight director in the history of American human spaceflight.

Wingfield graduated from Caldwell County High School in 2002. She went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. She's also a 2015 graduate of the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a master's degree in systems engineering.

She started her NASA career as a flight controller for the International Space Station as an operations support officer responsible for all mechanisms and maintenance performed aboard the space craft. She's held positions in the Capsule Communicator (CapCom) role and as a chief training officer. As CapCom, Wingfield served as the primary point of voice contact to space and answered as "Houston" when astronauts called.

Area schools will also have displays set up about their accomplishments. Students and faculty representing each school are expected to attend.

If you're not a Power Card holder, make event reservations by Tuesday, Nov. 5 at paducahchamber.org, call the chamber at 443-1746 or email info@paducahchamber.org. Visit the chamber's website for more information on the STEM 4 Girls event.

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