Astronaut to keynote Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Women of Distinction luncheon

NASA astronaut Mae Jemison (left) waits as her suit technician, Sharon McDougle, performs an unpressurized and pressurized leak check on her spacesuit at Kennedy Space Center, On Sept. 12, 1992, launch day of the STS-47 Spacelab-J mission on space shuttle Endeavour.

Photo credit: NASA

DALLAS – Mae C. Jemison M.D., the first African American woman in space, will be the keynote speaker at the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Women of Distinction Nov. 3 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The luncheon honors women who have made significant contributions toward advancing opportunities for girls and women.

Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go to space, spent six years as a NASA astronaut.

Today, Jemison is leading the 100 Year Starship program that is working to ensure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She is also the founder of The Jemison Group Inc., a technology consulting firm that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies.

“Dr. Jemison, a former Girl Scout herself, is a representation of who we want our girls to be – a female not afraid to take risks, someone who has the courage to enter a field where she may be in the minority, and a woman with the boldness to advocate for her ideas. We all look forward to hearing Dr. Jemison’s inspiring story,” Jennifer Bartkowski, chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, said in a news release.

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The Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes outstanding women leaders in the categories of Lifetime Achievement, Women of Distinction, Young Women of Distinction, and newly introduced last year, the Man Enough Award. Recipients will be announced this spring.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves more than 27,000 girls and 12,500 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties.

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