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Human Performance Accelerator Lab

NASA is recognized globally for the ability to innovate and lead under pressure, especially in the unforgiving environments of outer space. Our Human Performance Accelerator Lab (HPAL) strategically combines NASA leadership insights with cutting-edge and inspirational strategy, human resources, and business experts. Leverage these leadership learnings and experiences to more effectively lead your teams and strengthen your personal leadership toolkit.

The program will help you:

Unlock and ignite human potential and performance by practicing leadership techniques developed, tested, and trained by the NASA Human Research Program.

Apply collaboration and problem-solving practices in real time through authentic and immersive space exploration missions and experiences completed by NASA astronauts.
Accelerate individual and team performance by engaging with business experts and best-selling authors as well as NASA’s best and brightest astronauts, scientists, and engineers.




Only Space Center Houston provides public access to NASA Johnson Space Center and now we’re providing virtual, off-site and in-person learning experiences rooted in NASA’s 60+ years of human performance research, training, and development.

Our leadership curriculum focuses on three tenets – become an explorer, take the broader view, and embrace change. Explore topics such as self and team care, compassion, and culture management in order to inspire, innovate, and lead your teams more effectively.

This transformative leadership program benefits large and small businesses, non-profits, educational, and government organizations. With a program purchase, you support Space Center Houston, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that opens the gateway to space exploration and leadership for people from all walks of life. 

Launch your leadership journey, and register today for one of our programs!

Upcoming HPALab events

Check this page for details on future Human Performance Accelerator Program events!

Accelerate Space Program

APPLICATIONS OPEN | September 1, 2023
APPLICATIONS CLOSE | September 25, 2023*

Imagine yourself building the next space capsule, coding a fully autonomous rocket, designing technology to harvest the Moon’s polar ice caps, engineering a colony on the Moon, or training astronauts to go to Mars.

If you are looking for a career change, have been affected by pandemic constraints, or have recently graduated from college or trade school, we want to help you achieve your dreams. Space Center Houston invites you to be part of this growing industry through our Accelerate Space Program. 

Hosted by Space Center Houston’s Human Performance Accelerator Lab and powered by Microsoft, the Accelerate Space Program is a workforce development program aimed at upskilling workers to prepare them to seek and join the Houston region aerospace industry.

The Houston region is home to over 500 companies and institutions involved in aircraft or space vehicle manufacturing, research and technology or other air transportation support activities. You will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to increase your competitive advantage and benefit our communities, businesses, and economy.

Engage in virtual training sessions, onsite workshops, mock interviews, and a job fair with aerospace companies. The sessions will cover a variety of space and business topics including project management, digital personal branding skills, embracing uncertainty and taking calculated risks, and leadership/followership.

The program starts in October and continues through February. It consists of three virtual sessions and five onsite sessions at Space Center Houston.

You will receive...

  • Applicable aerospace and industry skills
  • Opportunity to network with aerospace experts
  • Tours of Space Center Houston and NASA Johnson Space Center

Program Requirements

  • Access to video conference equipment and internet connection (computer and webcam for Microsoft Teams meetings)
  • Transportation to Space Center Houston for on-site sessions
  • Must attend 100 percent of live events (virtual and onsite at Space Center Houston)
  • Passion to grow & explore new opportunities

Program Timeline

  • Thursday, October 19: Virtual 12:30 – 2:00 pm
    • Topic: Embracing Uncertainty and Take Calculated Risks
  • Tuesday, November 7: In-person 9:00 – 2:00pm
    • Topic: Grow and Sustain a Culture of Unrelenting Curiosity, Creativity, and Innovation
  • Thursday, December 7 12:30 – 2:00pm
    • Topic: Managing Adaptable Team Environments
  • Tuesday, January 9: In-person 9:00 – 2:00pm
    • Topic: How You Show Up in the Business World
  • Thursday, January 18 12:30 – 2:00pm
    • Topic: Digital Personal Branding for Career Advancement
  • Tuesday, February 20: In-person 9:00 – 2:00pm
    • Topic: Bringing Your Whole Self to Work; Apply the Tenants of Situational Leadership
  • Tuesday, February 27: In-person 9:00 – 2:00pm
    • Topic: Practicum; Mock Interviews
  • Thursday, February 29: In-person 9:00 – 2:00pm
    • Topic: Job Fair and Graduation
Looking for a custom experience? Our Human Performance Accelerator Lab programs can be customized to fit your organization’s needs. To learn more about custom programs, please contact Ann Hernandez at
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