Mae Jemison

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  • First African American Woman in Space
  • Founder and President, the Jemison Group and BioSentient Corp, Two Medical Technology Companies
  • Currently Leading 100 Year Starship to assure human interstellar space travel to another star within the next century
  • Inductee National Women's Hall of Fame & International Space Hall of Fame

Dr. Mae C. Jemison broke more than the sound barrier in 1992 when she climbed aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and became the first woman of color to travel into space.  She was also NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.  Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology, education, STEM, and motivation.

 
  

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“Absolutely wonderful! Dr. Jemison gave a terrific speech. The Dean and the Associate Deans were all very pleased and the students and audience truly enjoyed her. We were absolutely delighted to have Dr. Jemison at our commencement ceremony and could not have been more pleased with her talk.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Mae Jemison
  • Penn State Harrisburg
  • Boston College Colloquium on Women and Leadership
  • Qatar Foundation
  • The University of Alabama
  • Lafayette College
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology HNS
  • BCG
  • Appalachian State University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Bayer Corporation
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Find Where the Wind Goes

Dr. Jemison inspires and encourages audiences as she shares the achievements and obstacles presented in her own life, always bringing sense of humor to each story she tells. ...

Dr. Jemison inspires and encourages audiences as she shares the achievements and obstacles presented in her own life, always bringing sense of humor to each story she tells.

Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential

Dedicating her life’s work to scientific, technological, and medical advancements, Dr. Jemison explores the frontiers of science and the human potential. ...

Dedicating her life’s work to scientific, technological, and medical advancements, Dr. Jemison explores the frontiers of science and the human potential.

STEM: The Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

Dr. Jemison discusses the importance of STEM in developing the next generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs.  This is an important topic for college and universities, as well as municipal regions working in partnership with businesses to attract and develop STEM talent. ...

Dr. Jemison discusses the importance of STEM in developing the next generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs.  This is an important topic for college and universities, as well as municipal regions working in partnership with businesses to attract and develop STEM talent.

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<p>Mae Jemison featured in #1 Bestseller, Little Leaders </p>

Mae Jemison featured in #1 Bestseller, Little Leaders 

Pioneering astronaut MAE JEMISON is one of the remarkable, trailblazing women included in the new bestselling picture book “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.” An instant #1 on Amazon, Little Leaders relates the true stories of black women who broke boundaries and achieved beyond expectations. Set to inspire an educate the next generation, the book features Mae Jemison on the cover, in the uniform she wore when she made history by becoming the first African American woman to travel into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992. Jemison translates her awe-inspiring experiences into powerful speeches for rapt audiences, consistently receiving stellar reviews. As the Girls Scouts of the USA raved after Jemison’s recent keynote: “Dr. Jemison was amazing! I have received nothing but positive feedback on her presentation. In fact, many have said she was the best speaker they had ever heard. She was so engaging with the audience and girls and I had the honor of taking a picture with her!”

<p>25<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of Mae Jemison’s historic trip to space</p>

25th Anniversary of Mae Jemison’s historic trip to space

On September 12, 1992, MAE JEMISON made history by becoming the first African American woman to travel into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor.  On the 25th anniversary of her historic flight, Jemison made headlines in Forbes, The Observer, and more, as people reflected on her epic accomplishments, continued dedication to promoting diversity in STEM, and work in leading the 100 Year Starship initiative. In celebration of the anniversary, Jemison hosted a party—25 Strong—under the Endeavour space shuttle at the California Science Center, where she encouraged guests to “embrace the universe of the possible.”  Her inspiring address at the event drew plenty of praise on Twitter: “Amazing, smart & beautiful inside & out Congrats on your 25 year anniversary!”;  “@maejemison - 1st woman of color in space, beacon of light & inspiring advocate for an enlightened space-faring vision of humanity #25strong.” Sought-out to speak at a wide range of companies, organizations and academic institutions, Jemison brings her remarkable experiences and empowering inspiration to life for every audience, consistently earning rave reviews. Event-planners point to her willingness to take time and meet with attendees, ability to draw a packed house, and passion and humor as elements that make her events go above and beyond.

<p>Mae Jemison’s Commencement Address inspires a Twitter hashtag</p>

Mae Jemison’s Commencement Address inspires a Twitter hashtag

MAE JEMISON, the first African-American woman in space and an inductee of both the National Women’s and International Space Halls of Fame, delivered an inspiring commencement address to a rapt audience of 2,000 at Rice University. Dr. Jemison empowered graduates to never shy away from obstacles, to connect to a larger cause, and stay inspired in their future endeavors. “Life is best when you live deeply and look up,” Jemison said. The powerful advice became a mantra of the speech, and soon the tweets came pouring in, with some even using the hashtags #LiveDeeply #LookUp, as they shared their praise of Jemison’s remarks:  Fangirl moment w/ astronaut @maejemison @RiceUniversity. "We don't deserve to reach another planet" if we mess ours up. #LiveDeeply #LookUp; @maejemison it's an honor having you at @RiceUniversity and inspiring us to live deeply and look up!; You were a great commencement speaker at Rice! Thank you for your wisdom and inspiration!

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<p>Pioneering astronaut Mae Jemison receives her own LEGO </p>

Pioneering astronaut Mae Jemison receives her own LEGO 

One (very) small step for womankind! MAE JEMISON, the first African-American woman in space, has been immortalized in Lego form along with four other female NASA pioneers. The “Women of NASA” set, as it is known, is a celebration of the critical roles women like Jemison played in the U.S. space program. News of the LEGO sets release was picked up by countless media outlets including Business Insider, CBS News, Quartz, Fortune and more. Mae Jemison overcame immense obstacles to become an astronaut, and this fall she celebrated the 25th anniversary of her historic trip to space. She draws on her tremendous breadth of experience to inspire and empower audiences at each of her engagements, garnering praise such as "Dr. Jemison was simply amazing! The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive!" (The Universiy of Alabama), and "Dr. Jemison was one of the best speakers we have had! The attendance was great and she received a standing ovation even before she began talking" (Appalachian State University). 

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<p>STEM Event Programming Idea: Astronaut Mae Jemison</p>

STEM Event Programming Idea: Astronaut Mae Jemison

Dr. MAE JEMISON is an American icon, the first African American woman in space, entrepreneur and advocate for science education at all levels. College and Universities hosting STEM events praise Dr. Jemison as the perfect speaker to bring their event to an apex.  Cities and municipal regions working in partnership with tech and engineering businesses have invited Dr. Jemison to speak at their STEM events to draw attention to STEM careers, and to attract and develop talent. Dr. Jemison inspires her audiences as a living example of the literal heights STEM studies can take a dreamer and worker.  

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<p>Mae Jemison kicks-off Black History Month speaker series in front of a packed house</p>

Mae Jemison kicks-off Black History Month speaker series in front of a packed house

Celebrated as a civil rights icon worldwide, NASA’s first African-American astronaut MAE JEMSION addressed a full house to kick of Michigan State University’s “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series in honor of Black History Month. Ahead of the event, local news buzzed about Mae Jemison’s speech and then as she arrived, CityPulse reported, “Hustling past the last minute, Kellogg Center staffers dragged in hundreds of extra chairs to accommodate a throng of arrivals until over 600 people circled the dais like the rings of Saturn.” In her captivating remarks, Jemison touched on everything from the importance of promoting diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to illuminating recent technological advances, and the remarkable feats of the civil rights movement. She also urged attendees to use their “place at the table” to improve society, a message that resonated across the board. As CityPulse reported: “Fueled by a potent mix of astronaut glamour and the authority of a civil rights icon, Jemison was uniquely suited to deliver a payload of optimism.”

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<p>Dr. Mae Jemison delivers two compelling addresses to jam-packed audience at Northwestern</p>

Dr. Mae Jemison delivers two compelling addresses to jam-packed audience at Northwestern

Dr. MAE JEMISON took a trip back to her home state of Illinois recently, to deliver two Northwestern addresses-- one at the Feinberg School of Medicine and the other at the Evanston campus, as part of the University's esteemed 2017 MLK Celebration. Jemison delivered the keynote address to nearly one thousand students, faculty, and staff who tweeted photos of the auditorium packed with eagerly-awaiting attendees, and later highlights from Jemison's thought-provoking and poignant remarks. Jemison's speech touched on everything from the importance of young people to find and pursue their mission, to triumphs of the civil rights movement, and the value in exposure to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. In a vibrant Q&A session, she encouraged young people to overcome obstacles. Clearly she left a mark as more tweets came pouring in after the event: "Brilliant talk by Dr. Mae Jemison..."; "Thank you to Dr. @maejemison for visiting @NorthwesternU and inspiring us with your thoughts on #GirlsInSTEM and so much more!"; "What an honor to hear @maejemison share her story at @NorthwesternU MLK keynote tonight." 

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<p>Dr. Mae Jemison: First astronaut to appear on <em>Star Trek</em>, and other personal facts</p>

Dr. Mae Jemison: First astronaut to appear on Star Trek, and other personal facts

Dr. MAE JEMISON, the first African-American woman in space and Principal of the 100 Year Starship, divulges to Malibu Magazine some personal favorites, observations on life, and at least one guilty pleasure.

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The Biggest Thing Preventing Humans From Interstellar Space Travel

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Dr. Mae C. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching nonprofit initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next 100 years.  Jemison is building a multi-faceted global community to foster the cultural, scientific, social and technical commitment, support and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision-An Inclusive, Audacious Journey (that) Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond.  100YSS programs include: Annual public conference NEXUS- Pathway to the Stars: Footprints on Earth; the Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Writing; the 100YSS Crucibles-Invitation only, transdisciplinary workshops to generate new disciplines to disrupt technological and systemic hurdles; and 100YSS True Books to engage elementary students.  The 100YSS Way Research Institute seeks to generate the radical leaps that accelerate knowledge, technology, design, and thinking not just for space travel, but to enhance life on Earth.  Jemison led the team that won the competitive, single awardee seed funding grant in February 2012 from premiere research agency DARPA.

Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut.  Aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J mission in September 1992, she performed experiments in material science, life sciences and human adaptation to weightlessness.

Jemison started The Jemison Group, Inc. (JG) a technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design of engineering and science projects, such as satellite technology for health care delivery and solar dish Stirling engine electricity in developing countries. JG researches and develops stand-alone science and technology companies.  BioSentient Corporation, a medical devices and services company focused on improving health and human performance is such a company.  An Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison worked on sustainable development and technology design particularly for the developing world.  Before joining NASA she was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia and a general practice physician in Los Angeles.

In 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for 12-16 year old students from around the world, a program of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence (DJF).  From 2011 to 2014, DJF held TEWS-Space Race in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District training hundreds of middle school teachers in experiential science education and over thousands of middle school students.  Other foundation programs include Reality Leads Fantasy-Celebrating Women of Color in Flight that highlighted women in aviation and space from around the world.  EXPO Inspire is a hands-on public STEM fair.  LOOK UP™ announced in September 2017 an international movement to galvanize people worldwide, on a single day, to acknowledge that we are Earthlings.

Jemison is Bayer Corporation USA’s national science literacy ambassador. She is one of the series hosts for National Geographic’s “One Strange Rock” and space operations advisor for its global miniseries MARS.

Jemison is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and is on the boards of directors of Kimberly–Clark, the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Medical Center.  She was the Founding Chair of the Texas state Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board, Chair the Texas State Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Cluster, Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force, and served on the board of Scholastic, Inc. and Valspar Corporation.  Jemison is a inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame and Texas Science Hall of Fame, International Space Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award, The Kilby Science Award and National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship 100 most influential people in the boardroom in 2014, Honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the New York Academy of Sciences, among many honors. She was a featured panelist on the CNBC special “The Business of Science” (9/2011) and was one of the teachers on “The Dream School.”  Jemison is an author including Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life True Books series on space exploration.  She was the first real astronaut to appear on Star Trek TV series and is a LEGO figurine in the LEGO Women of NASA kit.

B.S., Chemical Engineering; Fulfilled requirements A.B., African and Afro-American Studies-Stanford University M.D., Cornell University.