Pursuing the extraordinary. That was Dr. Mae Jemison’s subject for the April installment of the Kelley Business of Medicine Physician MBA Program Lecture Series.
Jemison, an astronaut, physician, engineer, entrepreneur and educator, is serving this academic year as the Kelley School of Business Poling Chair of Business and Government.
The first African American woman in space, Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut. She is currently leading 100 Year Starship, an initiative funded by the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency to ensure the capabilities for interstellar human travel exist within the next 100 years.
“Why do I talk about pursuing the extraordinary?” Jemison asked the Kelley Physician MBAs. “Because it creates a better world today. It’s by pushing ourselves beyond what we know that we get to a better world.”
So, she explained, let’s try interstellar. Going beyond our solar system to another star.
“Space isn’t just for rocket scientists and billionaires,” she said. “We want an inclusive, audacious journey to transform life on earth and beyond.”
“We have to figure out how to address the unknown. That’s what makes it so cool. And that’s what makes it so difficult,” she added.