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.
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.
Mae Jemison featured in new National Geographic docu-series
Pioneering astronaut MAE JEMISON, the first African-American woman in space, appears in a fascinating new documentary series from National Geographic: One Strange Rock. From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and hosted by Will Smith, One Strange Rock is a mind-bending and thrilling journey that explores the wonder and fragility of planet Earth that has already made headlines in Forbes, Fast Company, Parade, and more. Told from the point of view of eight astronauts, Jemison among them, One Strange Rock reveals what sets our miraculous planet apart from the rest of the universe, and what we can do to preserve it. Sought-out for an interview in Newsweek and NBC to discuss the project (the first episode aired March 26), Jemison shared highlights from the series’ set, and opened up about what it was like to travel to space and her ongoing efforts to protect life on Earth. Currently at the helm of the 100 Year Starship, a groundbreaking, Pentagon-funded effort that aims to make human travel beyond our solar system a reality within the next 100 years, Jemison is pioneering and transforming breakthrough science and technology that enhances the quality of life on Earth. She is also an outspoken advocate of diversity in STEM and a chief collaborator on “Science Matters,” an initiative to encourage kids of all backgrounds to pursue science. Jemison brings her tremendous breadth of experience and expertise, and bold, forward-thinking inspiration to each of her engagements. Consistently drawing a sold-out audience, Jemison receives rave reviews such as: "[The event] ended up being sold out!... [S]he dropped a lot of gems for all of the attendees” (Penn State Harrisburg); "Dr. Jemison was fantastic... We had standing room only for her talk... I'm very grateful to Dr. Jemison for being so generous with her time and attention during the reception and with students" (Boston College); "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..." (Girl Scouts USA).
Mae Jemison makes headlines this Black History Month
A larger-than-life force of inspiration, MAE JEMISON was sought-out for numerous events this Black History Month and MLK Day, including at Duke University Hospital's MLK Celebration and at the University of Colorado's Distinguished Leadership Speaker Series. Encouraging audience members that, "If you want a seat at the table, you can have one," Jemison brought her trailblazing story to life, generating lots of excited press coverage. As one high school teacher, who drove just to attend Jemison's keynote said, "Jemison is an incredible inspiration, and to see her in person was a privilege and honor." Featured in a new children’s book entitled Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and a groundbreaking Women of NASA Lego set, Jemison is a true icon, heralded for her passion and continued dedication to building a world of opportunity and equality. At every even she generates excited Twitter buzz, and consistently receives rave reviews thanks to her incredible interactions with every audience. Just look at these tweets from her latest event at CU Boulder: “Went to hear @maejemison give a speech at @CUBoulder last night and I had one of the BIGGEST surprises happen ever... she came down from the stage and accepted my comic as a gift and shook my hand! It felt so surreal and AWSOME at the same time”; “In first grade, I got to create a report about the legendary @maejemison. Now, almost 20 years later, I get to hear her speak at @CUBoulder. Look up and pursue the extraordinary.”
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!”
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.
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!Watch a clip from Mae Jemison’s Commencement Address >>
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).Watch Jemison explain her dream of going into space >>
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.Contact us to bring Dr. Jemison as a speaker to your STEM event >>
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.