Accelerating Creativity • MAKERS: Women in Space

Join leaders from the Houston community and 100 Year Starship Public Symposium participants from around the world for a spectacular evening to celebrate the intersection of art and science at Accelerating Creativity. This entertaining evening includes dinner, the premiere of MAKERS: Women In Space, and unique insights with women space pioneers in panel discussion.

 We are thrilled to partner with MAKERS and Houston Public Media to bring you the premiere of MAKERS: Women In Space. Following the screening we will host an engaging panel discussion featuring Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space, Nichelle Nichols, well known for her role as Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise, and Michael Epstein, MAKERS Executive Producer.

Narrated by Jodie Foster, MAKERS: Women in Space traces the history of women in the U.S. space program from the early 1950s to the present day and beyond. It highlights Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in space, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. MAKERS: Women In Space also includes compelling interviews with aviator Jerrie Cobb, astronauts Eileen Collins, Shannon Lucid, and Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, and many other phenomenal women such as Dr. Ellen Ochoa, current Director of Johnson Space Center, NASA.

Make an impact and register at the Accelerator Level for $150. Accelerator Level includes a special reception, event registration, underwriting for youth groups to attend the event, and a one-year membership to 100YSS. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring the recognition these women sorely deserve and highlight their continuing work in shaping society.

Registration is $75, and includes dinner, the premiere of MAKERS: Women In Space, and the panel discussion.

Date:  Saturday, September 20, 2014


6:00 PM Accelerator Reception

7:00 PM Doors Open for Dinner

8:00 PM Screening of MAKERS: Women in Space

9:00 PM Panel Discussion with Women Space Pioneers

9:30 PM Dessert and Networking


George R. Brown Convention Center

General Assembly Theater, 3rd Floor

1001 Avenida de las Americas

Houston, Texas 77010

Purchase Tickets Here

Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison is the Principal for the 100 Year Starship Project. Her leadership and vision provides guidance and direction for the foundation and in fulfilling its goal of ensuring all the capabilities for a successful human journey to another star will exist by 2112.

Dr. Jemison, physician, engineer, educator and entrepreneur, was the first woman of color in the world to go into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour and was a NASA astronaut for six years.

A member of the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine, Dr. Jemison is also an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame, and Texas Science Hall of Fame and recipient of the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award and the Kilby Science Award among many honors. An author of lay literature and technical articles, Dr. Jemison is sought for commentary on space exploration, science education, diversity, sustainability and development and appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Dr. Jemison earned her B.S., Chemical Engineering and fulfilled requirements for A.B., African and Afro-American Studies from Stanford University and received her M.D. from Cornell University.


Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols is an American actress, singer, and voice artist. Nichols’ most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series, as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where her character was promoted in Starfleet to the rank of commander.


Michael Epstein

Michael Epstein is an Academy Award-nominated documentary producer, director and writer whose work has been awarded two George Foster Peabody Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Writers Guild Award, a Clio, as well as numerous other distinctions. His films have screened in dozens of international film festivals, and been broadcast throughout the world.