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NASA Astronaut, STEM advocate Dr. Mae Jemison is the next speaker for The Women’s Fund's A Conversation With…

NASA Astronaut, American Engineer, physician and STEM advocate Dr. Mae Jemison will be the next speaker for The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s A Conversation With event on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Dr. Mae JemisonCINCINNATI (October 17, 2017) — NASA Astronaut, American Engineer, physician and STEM advocate Dr. Mae Jemison will be the next speaker for The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s A Conversation With event on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the Cintas Center. 

Dr. Jemison is an icon of both the women's rights and civil rights movement, who became the first African-American woman ever to go into space when she flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992.

“We are just over-the-moon about Dr. Jemison coming to Cincinnati to share her story of breaking atmospheric barriers and glass ceilings in pursuit of excellence all while forging new pathways for women,” said Meghan Cummings, executive director of The Women’s Fund. 

“She’s a living legend who never stopped challenging the status quo. Her historic impact of socio-cultural issues with the specific focus of elevating women is what makes her revolutionary and an incredible fit for The Women’s Fund. Our mission is to be a voice for ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region, and we admire Dr. Jemison for using her position as a pioneer to make the world a more equitable place.”

A Conversation with Dr. Mae Jemison will take place Thursday, April 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207. 

General admission tickets are $50 each and will go on sale in late January 2018. Host and hostess tickets are $250 each, include a private reception with Dr. Jemison, and are on sale now at www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.

All proceeds benefit The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. 

The Women’s Fund created “A Conversation With...” as a signature event in 2012. We invite a female history maker to speak in an intimate setting – where she can share her journey, her triumphs, and her obstacles. Previous speakers have included Abby Wambach, Cokie Roberts, Lisa Ling, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, Phyllis S. Sewell and Marian Spencer. 

More about Dr. Mae Jemison 

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. 

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

About The Women’s Fund

The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation leads our community in ensuring the economic self-sufficiency of women in our region. Through leadership, research, and policy advocacy, The Women’s Fund works to identify and address the barriers affecting working women and their families. Learn more and get involved at www.cincinnatiwomensfund.org




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