Former Astronaut Jemison Opens 32nd WCTF Conference

 Dr. Mae Jemison, the first American woman of color to go into space, delivered the opening keynote for the 32nd annual Career Conference presented by the Women of Color Task Force. President Mary Sue Coleman introduced the speaker. Senior Vice Provost Lester Monts pre- sented Dr. Jemison with a 2014 King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professorship plaque. Following the keynote address and a book signing/reception, Dr. Jemison spoke to 40 ninth graders who are enrolled in a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) pipeline program designed to prepare teenage girls for college and encourage them to consider a career in the STEM disciplines. Jemison is currently the principal for the 100 Year Starship Project, a foundation dedicated to ensuring the capabilities for a successful human journey to another star by 2112.

Conference attendees then spent the day choosing from over 32 personal and professional workshops to customize their conference experience. In addition to workshops that ranged in topics from Transformational Leadership to Financial Planning for Retirement to Emotional Intelligence, a networking lunch provided the opportunity for conference attendees to make new connections and catch up with contacts from across the campus.

Campus partners included University Human Resources, U-M Health System Human Resources, the U-M Medical School Graduate and Postdoc- toral Studies Office, the Rackham Merit Fellows Program, the U-M Center for Engineering and Diversity Outreach, and the Women in Science and Engineering Program.

WCTF extends special thanks to TIAA-CREF, our Platinum Plus corporate sponsor for three years in a row, for their continued support of the annual conference. (Save the date: March 6, 2015: 33rd Annual Career Conference).