Meet Dr. Gena Henderson

A Trailblazing NASA Leader Inspiring Women Worldwide


P. Williams

4/26/20232 min read

Interview with Dr. Gena Henderson

Welcome to the very first episode of Limitless Ladies on Millionaire Girl Media! In this exclusive interview, our host Preciosa Williams sits down with trailblazing NASA leader Dr. Gena Henderson, who has shattered glass ceilings throughout her remarkable career. As the first woman of color to receive a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Central Florida and a key player in the Artemis and Beyond Missions, Dr. Henderson shares her inspiring journey, invaluable advice, and the secrets to her success.

Don't miss this special collaboration with Dr. Henderson's personal YouTube channel, InspireMercial @InspireMercial5692, where she regularly shares her insights and experiences to motivate others. Tune in to hear about her incredible accomplishments, her passion for mentorship, and how she's paving the way for future generations in space exploration. Don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe for more empowering interviews with amazing women from around the world on Limitless Ladies!

Amazing Accomplishments of Dr. Gena Henderson:

Dr. Gena Humphrey Henderson is the Chief of the Integrative Operations Branch at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center. She works with ground and flight systems for space launches and flight test programs. Dr. Henderson has led many teams and helped with the first Artemis and Beyond Missions, which will send the first woman of color and the next man to the Moon and Mars.

Before her current role, Dr. Henderson held various leadership positions at the Kennedy Space Center. She has over 25 years of experience working with space flight systems and has received many awards for her work. She was also recognized as an outstanding woman engineer and young woman of America.

Dr. Henderson has a Bachelor's degree in applied mathematics, a Master's degree in mechanical engineering, and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering. She was the first woman of color to receive a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Central Florida. She has researched topics like fluid dynamics, reliability, systems engineering, and human performance modeling.

Dr. Henderson's education was funded by multiple scholarships, and she is a skilled public speaker and writer. She has also created many engineering practices used at the Kennedy Space Center.


  • Lockwood Brown scholarship

  • Naval Oceanographic Scholarship

  • FAMU Presidential Scholarship

  • NASA Langley Aerospace Researchers Summer Scholarship

  • Delores Auzenne Fellowship

  • James Webb Fellowship

Awards and Honors:

  • Florida Space Coast’s Outstanding Woman Engineer of the Year (1995)

  • Outstanding Young Woman of America (1997)

  • James Webb Fellowship from the National Space Act (1998)

  • Women of Color in Government and Defense Technology All-Star Award (2002)

  • Reliability and Maintainability Symposium Management Committee (2006)

  • Leading Edges Track session chair, Project Management Challenge 2008 Conference

  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2008)

  • Most Supportive Mentor at KSC (2013, 2015)

  • Group Achievement Honors (2016) - KSC's Human Factors representative for the Agency Capability Leadership Team

  • FAMU's Distinguished Alumni Award (2018) - Mechanical Engineering Department of the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering

Meeting and interviewing Dr. Henderson was an incredible experience. She is so full of grace and humility, and yet is brilliant as the stars. She is proof that the sky is NOT the limit!!!! I can only express my gratitude by saying that I hope that this blog sheds some light on the excellence of this individual. How awesome and amazing Dr. Henderson is, and I am super grateful to have had her be on my very first podcast of Limitless Ladies. To all who read this, be blessed and encouraged, and remember, to follow your dreams.