Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Mae Jemison

Astronaut; Principal, 100 Year Starship


Audacious and pioneering, polymath Dr. Mae Jemison is a leading voice for science, social responsibility, and innovation. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship(r), a global initiative that is pushing the frontiers of space exploration - ensuring the capabilities for human interstellar travel exist in 100 years. The world's first woman of color in space, she is committed to applying advanced space technology to enhance life on Earth. Jemison draws upon her experience as a physician, engineer, environmental studies professor, science literacy advocate, development worker in Africa, social scientist and founder of two tech start-ups. Recently, LEGO announced her as one of five "Women of NASA" in a new kit. She is the 2016-2017 Poling Chair at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. A member of Fortune 500 boards, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Women's Hall of Fame, Jemison was voted one of the top seven women leaders in a presidential ballot straw poll and was the first astronaut to appear on Star Trek.

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