Dr. Mae C. Jemison – Astronaut and Ambassador for the Presidential Award-Winning Bayer Making Science Make Sense
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is a former astronaut! She is a physician, entrepreneur, chemical engineer, philanthropist, and science literacy advocate. She is with us to talk about her role as the Ambassador for the Presidential award-winning Bayer Making Science Make Sense ® program. The Making Sense program is Bayer’s company-wide initiative toadvance science literacy across the United States. They achieve this through employee volunteerism, hands-on science learning, and public education. Dr. Jemison is on a mission to increase awareness about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She launched into space on September 12, 1992 on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, becoming the first woman of color in the world to travel into space. She stands firm on the premise that students, particularly girls and minorities, the two most underrepresented groups in STEM education, must be encouraged to pursue a STEM education and ultimately, a STEM career. She is a trained dancer, practiced medicine in Los Angeles, served as the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia, and leads 100 Year Starship®, an initiative to ensure human travel to another star within the next 100 years. Today, four groups of college students are at the Space Center Houston to attempt to set a Guinness World Record in the The Bayer-Big Ten Alka-Rocket Challenge for the highest launch of an Alka-Rocket.
Jim Hopper – Co-founder and CEO of M-ND
Jim Hopper is CEO of M-ND, a social-tech firm that turns social media interactions into real-world experiences. Their clients include Visa, Lexus, Marriott, the Philadelphis Eagles and many others. Jim and COO Peter Wells have been growing the company’s social/influencer-tech empire since 2013. They started as a social-to-photo printing technology company, but are now offer a holisitc marketing program for brands looking to bring structure to influencer marketing efforts. They gather hard-to-get social media data, monetize in-person experiences, and turn casual fans into active influencers. M-ND (pronounced “mind”) provides brands with rich social media and consumer insights, allowing them to retarget their in-real-life audiences with ongoing digital campaigns and loyalty programs, and build demographic profiles of their biggest fans to inform future marketing campaigns.
Dr. Virginia LeBlanc – Author of Love the Skin YOU’RE In: How to Conquer Life Through Divergent Thinking, Speaker, Singer and Coach
Dr. Virginia LeBlanc is an author, speaker, singer, coach, consultant, and educator. She is a highly sought after multi-disciplinary expert and scholar. Her experience spans the not-for-profit sectors, private industry, higher education, and the performing arts. Her new book, “Love the Skin YOU’RE In: How to Conquer Life Through Divergent Thinking,” is written to empower those people seeking their place, trying to connect the dots, and fulfill their purpose in life. She has over 20 years’ experience and shares lessons learned throughout her journey as well as “How-to” philosophies on conquering life. She has lead the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., the Indiana University Bloomington Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, and more.