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
  • Qatar Foundation
  • The University of Alabama
  • Lafayette College
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology HNS
  • BCG
  • Appalachian State University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Envision National Youth Leadership Forum
  • Medical Library Association
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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>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><strong>Mae Jemison’s Commencement Address inspires a Twitter hashtag</strong></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 to receive her own LEGO </p>

Pioneering astronaut Mae Jemison to receive 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 will be known, is a celebration of the critical roles women like Jemison played in the U.S. space program. "Excited to be part of such a great group of women," Jemison tweeted after the announcement, "And even more jazzed about women in STEM!" Mae Jemison overcame immense obstacles to become an astronaut, and her accomplishments were most recently praised across media platforms and throughout America’s schools this Black History Month and Women’s History Month. In two projects that went viral—one organized by the Girls Scouts in honor of Women’s History Month and one by a kindergartner for Black History Month young girls dressed up as Jemison in celebration of her as a civil rights icon and female role model. With Jemison continuing to share her empowering and inspiring message with audiences nationwide—from STEM Symposiums to jam-packed Speakers Series—there is no doubt she will continue to make an impact on future generations.

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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 Jemison 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 Star Trek, 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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Biography

Dr. Mae C Jemison is an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut who became the first woman of color in the world to go into space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Serving six years as a NASA astronaut, Dr. Jemison is an icon of both the women's rights and civil rights movement, inducted into both the National Women's Hall of Fame (1993) and the International Space Hall of Fame (2004).

A strong, committed global voice for science literacy, in 1994 Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS) for students 12-16 years old from around the world. In 2011, Jemison also launched the TEWS-Space Race,  with the goal of improving science achievement for underserved Los Angeles-area students who are underrepresented in the sciences. Dr. Jemison continues to be a vocal advocate for improving education access and advocating for greater inclusion of girls in STEM programs. Jemison's book, Find Where the Wind Goes, is geared for teenagers and explores her experiences growing up on the South Side of Chicago, cultivating her aspirations to be a scientist, and her history-making journey into space.  

Following her time in NASA, Dr. Jemison founded both The Jemison Group and BioSentient Corporation. A technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group explores and develops stand-alone science and technology programs, integrating the critical impact of socio-cultural issues with revolutionary technologies. Among The Jemison Group's groundbreaking work is a project to use satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and another to use solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries. 

Currently, Dr. Jemison leads The 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a revolutionary initiative to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next century. 

Involved in a wide range of programs and causes, Dr. Jemison is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of: Kimberly-Clark Corp., Scholastic, Inc., Texas Medical Center, and Valspar Corp. She's also a Trustee of Morehouse College and served as the Chair of the Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board and the Greater Houston Partnership Disaster Planning and Recovery Task Force. Among many honors, awards and honorary degrees she has received the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award and the Kilby Science Award. Jemison appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, hosted the Discovery Channel series World of Wonder, and was chosen by People magazine as one of the “World’s 50 Most Beautiful People.”

In addition to all her work, Dr. Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology and motivation. Sh has appeared on BBC, The McNeil Lehrer Report, ABC Nightline, NPR and CNN

Prior to NASA, Jemison was a Peace Corps Medical Officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia for two and a half years, overseeing the healthcare system. Jemison earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering and her M.D. from Cornell University.