Moderating a Panel on Media, SciFi, and Mars Exploration at the Humans to Mars Summit

You know it’s a great science and SciFi discussion when Buzz Aldrin pitches you his TV series idea during Q&A!

Here’s the link to a replay of our Medi, SciFi, and Space Exploration panel at Explore Mars’ Humans to Mars Summit in Washington DC last week:


Thanks to our awesome panelists:

Jim Wilson: NASA Mars Exploration Communications Team, #JourneyToMars

-Keri Kukral: Raw Science, CEO and Co-Founder

-Ron Sparkman: Creator of UpportunityU; Docent for the Space Foundation and Certified Space Partner, & Aspiring Martian Explorer; & Administrator for the Nerd News Network

-Marc Zicree: AKA Mr. SciFi, Author of The Twilight Zone Companion, Creator of Space Command

Sending a special thanks to Chris Carberry and the Explore Mars team for hosting the H2M summit.

And of course, thanks to everyone who attended, watched and supported the event.

It was my pleasure to moderate this panel and do my part to continue to raise public awareness and move the conversation forward when it comes to sending humans to Mars. –Bill H

Bill Hargenrader is a Humans to Mars Expert and Advocate, a United States Army Veteran, a Fortune 500 Project Management Professional focusing on cybersecurity and innovation, and a keynote speaker that gives talks on motivation, innovation, and leadership. Find more information at











Our Cybersecurity Opportunity – Sharing My TEDx Talk

We’re all on our own journey through our lives and careers. For me personally, I’ve overcome childhood tragedy where my sense of identity, security and trust were taken from me. Now I help others become safer and more secure through my efforts in cybersecurity, training and speaking.

In my TEDx talk I show, through a cybersecurity lens, how we all have the ability to turn our weakness into a strength if we choose to.

Let me know what you think of the talk below. And share your thoughts on how cybersecurity, risk management, and turning weakness into strength can help better our lives and those we influence.

Sending a special thanks to Norris Clark and the TEDxCapeMay crew for putting on such a great event!

Our Kickstarter Book Project Launch: Love, Forgive, Never Give Up

Lover Forgive Never Give Up Book CoversAfter years in the making… Daniele and I launched our Kickstarter  Book Project for: Love, Forgive, Never Give Up: How to Turn Tragedy Into Triumph, Adversity Into Advantage, and Take Your Life to the Next Level. 

Our mission with this book project is to empower readers to go beyond self-imposed limitations, reach their maximum potential, and become the hero of their own story, no matter what they’ve been through.

Visit out our Kickstarter campaign, watch the video, and IF this book is something that speaks to you, pledge any amount you see fit. Or if it’s not a fit for you, consider sharing this post to spread the word. Send them to

Here is a selection of the book sections:


The book starts off with the Next Level Life Vision section. You will be guided through an easy to follow, step by step process that will help you decide what you want your life to look like starting now, and moving forward through the next 10 years, all in bite-sized, easy to process increments.

Next, we walk you through identifying your major internal motivators that will set you on the path for success, and take you through a priority-focused goal setting process that gives you the clarity necessary to start making “Next Level Decisions.”


Next Level Decisions are integral in achieving sustainable growth in any area. We all make thousands of decisions every day, most of which are unconscious or automatic and don’t serve our overall well being.

The key to positive change is to identify the decisions that have the most impact, and then to consciously and intentionally make the right decisions based on your Next Level Life Vision. This book will teach you how to make these distinctions a matter of habit, freeing up your energy to direct towards what matters most to you.


The book will feature over 33 short, powerful chapters on specific, actionable ways you can practice more love, forgiveness, and perseverance in your life every single day. Each chapter teaches a crucial, in depth lesson, provides example stories and case studies to show you how to apply it, and is complete with and Take Action section that encourages you to get started right away.

Here are some of the chapter titles included in the book:

  • It Starts With Self-Love
  • Give The Love You Need
  • The Journey To Self: Why You Need To Journal
  • Be For Giving (Selfless Vs Selfish Action)
  • Forgiveness Is A Gift You Give Yourself (And Others)
  • Live Life At The Next Level (AKA Fake It Til You Make It)
  • To Be Great, Start By Being Grateful
  • The Five P’s Of Perseverance: Passion, Purpose, Plan, Persistence, And Persistence
  • How To Find The Strength In A Perceived Weakness
  • To Get Ahead… Give Back
  • Live Your Life’s Purpose: Find, Create, or Copy

Read the book straight through, or pick out the section you need to work on most in your life. Another massively impactful way to utilize this book is to focus on implementing one lesson in your life for a week at a time, and watch the quality of your thoughts and habits take on an extraordinary new direction.


To ensure you’re making meaningful progress and staying on track with your goals, we’re including a section on how to measure your progress. As a bonus, we’re providing links to bonus materials that will give you access to free online daily progress trackers and checklists to make sure you maximize and sustain your gains!


In this book, we’re not just sharing our experiences, but also the wisdom of 99 experts who have used those three powerful lessons in their own lives time and time again to overcome indomitable challenges and take their lives to places they only dreamed possible including Priya Rana Kapoor, Samara O’Shea, Ron Sparkman, Bershan Shaw, Kip Brooks, Pam Vredevelt, Austin Hill Shaw, and many more.

Thank you for all of your encouragement and support along the way!

To learn more about our Kickstarter Book Project go to:

Our Lives Are Our Stories: Love, Forgive, Never Give Up

love-forgive-and-never-give-up-logo-facebook-11nov2016-v2Stories are a metaphor for life.

When crafting the hero’s journey into our stories, inevitably our protagonist runs into conflict. If there were no conflict, there would be no real story. But what makes the story great isn’t the presence of conflict, it’s the way in which our hero handles it.

Our hero make decisions internally and takes actions externally. They dig deep and take steps forward, but inevitably run into even greater challenges. Still they dig deeper, turn on the will, and fight forward.

They face even greater challenges, challenges that scale up to the very world around them, but what makes us root for our heroes is that they never give up, and they eventually change themselves forever.

They are stronger, and better for the experience, and those around them are better as well.

Our lives are our stories.

We don’t always get what we want. But when we don’t, and when it matters, we fight forward.

We never ever give up, and some day we get to say we changed ourselves and together we changed the world.

We accept conflict because through conflict we become stronger, better versions of ourselves. Unless you turn away, hide and cower. Then you’re the fodder for the villain in the story to walk over and triumph.

We are not victims.

We are the heroes of our stories, because there are others out there who are not as strong, or not as gifted, or not as well off who need us to be.

Along the way as we walk the hero’s journey as individuals, families, and communities, let us always remember to love strongly, be forgiving, and never ever give up.

Share this if you agree, or know someone who needs to hear this.

And let me know if you have any suggestions or comments below.



Speaking at TEDx Cape May

tedx-cape-may-logoWe are less than a week away from my TEDx Cape May talk on: Our Cybersecurity Opportunity!

Excited to be among such a great lineup of speakers. Check them out here:

There’s still a few tickets left if you’re interested in attending an amazing day of talks.

For those who can’t make it, I’ll be posting my TEDx talk once it becomes available in about a month.

Til then! Bill H

From the TEDx Cape May website:

Our Cybersecurity Opportunity: What it is and why it matters.  Cybersecurity expert Bill Hargenrader offers insights and inspirations into how the cyberwar, hacker fights, and the vulnerability of our nation’s infrastructure that we see and read about via the news actually represents an opportunity for us to improve the way we interact with the world.  Through presenting the latest cyber challenges and technological advances, as well as sharing his personal story of losing his sense of identity, trust, and security, Bill will present a framework for innovating and improving upon the things that truly matter to us.

Bill Hargenrader is a United States Army Veteran, a Project Management Professional focusing on cybersecurity and innovation with the Fortune 500 technology and strategy consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, and founder of Next Level Life where he focuses on empowering entrepreneurs so we can massively change the world for the better together. Bill has been quoted and featured for his cybersecurity expertise in the Washington Post,, Huffington Post, NBC news, and more.

When Bill was 8 years old, he was wrongfully committed to a mental institution for 3 years due to an unfortunate course of events. This set him on a lifelong quest of learning and discovery to figure out what the best tools are for us to truly change our lives for the better. Now, Bill is a bestselling author, and an international keynote speaker who is both a technical presenter and an inspirational motivator with his talks ranging from the latest advances in technology, to advancing through our lives realizing that we can choose to be the hero of our own story.


Red Planet Radio Podcast is Live!


Red Planet Radio is Live!

First up in the series are:
RPR 01 – Dr. Robert Zubrin, Founder and President of the Mars Society
RPR 02 – SpaceX Mission Integrator: Andrew Rader
RPR 03 – Physics of SpaceX blogger: Tom Myers
RPR 04 – Lucinda Offer, Executive Director of the Mars Society

There are two ways you can listen to the podcast interview series.

#1: iTunes: Go to the Red Planet Radio page:

Then download, subscribe, listen, rate and review.

This will let you listen from your computer and phone on the go.


#2: Go to the blog post at and listen to the podcast there.

Please help us make Red Planet Radio the #1 Mars focused podcast in the world by downloading, listening to and commenting on the broadcast

Hope you enjoy!

Sharing co-hosting responsibilities for Red Planet Radio on behalf of the Mars Society will be Bill Hargenrader, Founder of Facebook’s popular I Love Mars page, and John King, Mars exploration advocate and entrepreneur.

Suggest a podcast interview by sending Bill Hargenrader and email at [email protected]