General Session with Dr. Mae Jemison
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. She was the first woman of color in the world to go into space and served six years as a NASA astronaut. 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. In 1994, she founded the international science camp, The Earth We Share™ (TEWS), for 12-16 year old students from around the world, and from 2011 to 2014, 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.
Dr. Jemison is the recipient of many honors and is an inductee of 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.
Keynote Lunch featuring Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos imparts a lively message about the ideals of cultural diversity and racial harmony that inspire you to fight for the causes in which you believe. Olmos is an actor, director, and passionate community activist best known for his roles in the film Stand and Deliver and television’s Battlestar Galactica. For more than two decades, he has advocated tirelessly for Latino and Latina communities, but his efforts for social justice transcend racial lines. On stage, he draws from his experiences onscreen and on the frontlines of social activism to encourage others to discover the role that best suits their passion and objective. You’ll take away a renewed appreciation for community involvement and working together to create a better society.