Norma Adams, Dallas Morning News
The first black woman in space will speak at the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon sponsored by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 S. Lamar St. in downtown Dallas.
Veteran KDFW-TV (Channel 4) anchor Clarice Tinsley will host the program, which will honor three people for distinction in leadership, service and the mentoring of girls and women. Laura Downing and Susan Glassmoyer are luncheon co-chairs. Jennifer Bartkowski is Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO.
Dr. Jemison also is a physician and engineer who earned international distinction in 1992 by orbiting the earth aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. She was born in Decatur, Ala., and grew up in Chicago, the daughter of a maintenance supervisor and a math and English elementary school teacher.
She is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Medical College. Before joining NASA, she had a general medical practice and was a medical officer for the Peace Corps in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Jemison is scheduled to speak to the scouts about her own life working in science, technology, medicine, and about realizing dreams.
Jemison has been quoted as saying: "Since I was a little girl, I had always assumed I would go into space ... [and] ... the best way to make dreams come true is to wake up."
After leaving NASA in 1993, Jemison founded the Jemison Group, a technology consulting firm. Since 2012, she has led the 100 Year Starship project, which researches ways to privately fund a spacecraft to take humans to another star within 100 years.
Philanthropists Sara Martineau and Nina Vaca will be honored as Women of Distinction at next month's luncheon for their advocacy on behalf of women and girls, and Todd Williams will receive the Man Enough to be a Girl Scout honor.
Vaca leads Pinnacle Group, an information technology and workforce solutions firm. Martineau is a much-honored volunteer in more than 15 local nonprofits, including Junior League of Dallas, Crystal Charity Ball and the Salvation Army. Williams is an education advocate and founding chairman and executive director of The Commit! Partnership, which provides support from more than 190 institutions to guide Dallas County students "from cradle to career." He also is education policy advisor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
Tickets start at $250 for general admission. To learn more, visit www.gsnetx.org/wdl or call 972-349-2414.