Third Time’s the Charm for this Alumna

Beth Stephens Beck, BA ’79, MPA ’85, Life Member, earned her third degree, a PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization from Virginia Tech. Her dissertation was on the LAUNCH program, a public-private partnership with NASA, Nike, the U.S. Department of State, and USAID that Beck co-founded at NASA, titled “The Spark that Ignites the Creative Idea: An Examination of the Group Practice of LAUNCH.” Beck began working for NASA in 1985 at the Johnson Space Center before transferring to headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she now serves as open innovation manager and information management program executive.

Pictured from left, Aimee Stephens Woolverton, BA ’90; Ros Poff; Stephanie Beck; Beth Beck; Carol Beck; and Ann Stephens.


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