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.
Dr. Mae Jemison, first woman of color in space, releases a second edition of her young adult autobiography 'Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments From My Life'
DR. MAE JEMISON is already in the history books: NASA astronaut, first woman of color in space, physician in developing countries, engineer, educator, with schools named in her honor and was even the first real astronaut to appear on Star Trek. Now the second edition of Dr. Jemison’s book, Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments From My Life, is set to energize a new generation. Find Where the Wind Goes shares candid, humorous and heartfelt stories of life events from her childhood to becoming who she intended to be – space explorer, scientist, dancer and positive force. Expanding on her childhood and her time at NASA, she offers new musings on the present, from civil unrest to what she’s learned from cats. With camaraderie and respect for the intellect of the young reader, Dr. Jemison writes of going from a fear of heights as a child to dancing in orbit on the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
“There are so many parallels between when I was growing up and the world teenagers find themselves in today– human rights, social justice, an explosion of science and technology, space exploration, growing awareness and connections across the globe, evolving music and art, and individuals asserting their rights to participate,” said Dr. Jemison. “My story is about finding who you intend to be and trying to assert who you are as a teen as the world is changing around you. I hope my story provides some clues to making it through while keeping your smile, integrity and hopefulness.”
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Mae Jemison is in-demand for Black History Month
A larger-than-life force of inspiration, MAE JEMISON is in-demand for Black History Month and MLK Day events. Encouraging audience members that, "If you want a seat at the table, you can have one," Jemison brings her trailblazing story to life for rapt audiences. Featured in a children’s book entitled Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Jemison is a true icon, heralded for her passion and continued dedication to building a world of opportunity and equality.
Dr. Jemison consistently receives rave reviews thanks to her incredible interactions with every audience, such as: "The program went extremely well. The students loved having the opportunity to have dinner with Dr. Jemison and they had a great conversation. Dr. Jemison was extremely genuine and generous in her interactions with students, staff, and community members, many of whom reported being energized by her presence. Her presentation and subsequent Q&A was inspirational and insightful and was a very appropriate tribute to Dr. King." (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Speaker Spotlight: Mae Jemison
A larger-than-life force of inspiration, MAE 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. A trailblazer, Jemison offers bold inspiration and game-changing lessons on leadership, social responsibility, and diversity for enraptured audiences. Currently at the helm of the 100-year Starship, a groundbreaking, Pentagon-funded effort, Jemison is pioneering and transforming breakthrough science and technology to enhance the quality of life on Earth. Featured in a children’s book entitled Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and included in 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. Recent reviews include: "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 of the USA); "Everyone loved Dr Jemison! She was a great speaker, and very gracious." (BCG)
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Entrepreneur, engineer, physician, former NASA astronaut, educator and humanitarian, Mae Jemison, M.D. is at the forefront of integrating the physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation. Jemison leads 100 Year Starship® (100YSS), a nonprofit global initiative to assure that capabilities for human travel beyond our solar system to another star exist within the next 100 years while transforming life on Earth. 100YSS celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with Nexus Nairobi™ – When SPACE, PURPOSE & CULTURE Collide™—in the cradle of humans. Started thru a competitive seed-funding grant from DARPA,100YSS pushes radical leaps in knowledge, technology and human systems.
Dr. Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut and was the first woman of color in the world to go into space aboard a joint space shuttle mission with the Japanese space agency. Trained as an engineer, social scientist and dancer, Jemison, a medical doctor, was the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia. Dr. Jemison founded technology organizations including The Jemison Group, Inc. a technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design of engineering and science projects. As an environmental studies professor at Dartmouth College, Dr. Jemison focused on designing sustainability into technologies for both the industrialized and developing worlds.
In 1994, Dr. Jemison founded the international science camp The Earth We Share™ (TEWS), which designs and implements STEM education experiences impacting thousands of students and hundreds of teachers worldwide and is a program of the non-profit Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence (DJF). LOOK UP One Skyä, led by Jemison, developed the “Skyfie” ™ App that connects people, on a single day worldwide, to weave a global tapestry of what we individually see, feel, think, love, fear, offer, need and hope as we look up at the sky.
A member of the National Academy of Medicine, Dr. Jemison is the Chair of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts External Council and is on the board of directors of Kimberly-Clark and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Jemison has led the Texas State Product Development and Small Business Incubator Boards among other national, state and city projects for business incubators and small business investment, infrastructure, disaster response and development of advanced industries and has served on multiple Fortune 500 company boards.
Dr. Jemison has received numerous awards, recognition and honorary degrees including an inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame, Texas Science Hall of Fame, and International Space Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the African Union Ambassador’s Mickey Leland Award, the West Point Sylvanus Thayer Award, The Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award, and the Kilby Science Award.
Dr. Jemison “Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life” for teenagers and the Scholastic True Books’ 100 Year Starship series on space exploration. The first real astronaut to appear in the Star Trek TV series, she is a LEGO mini- figurine in the Women of NASA kit, Astronaut Mae in Sesame Street and voice and inspiration of the “Skipster” device in Marvel’s “Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur”. She is a series hosts of National Geographic’s “One Strange Rock” and the space operations advisor for its global miniseries, “Mars.”
Dr. Jemison graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in African and Afro-American Studies. She received her medical doctorate from Cornell University Medical College