Join Us for the Metro State of STEM!

Join us for breakfast and stimulating presentations on the role Metro's critically acclaimed STEM-based education model plays in preparing students for our region's STEM workforce needs.

  • TEDx-style updates by experts on the state of STEM-based industries
  • Powerful keynote address from Dr. Mae Jemison
  • Discussion with Dr. Jemison moderated by Columbus 2020 President Kenny McDonald
Monday, Jan 30, 2017

The Grand Event Center
820 Goodale Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43212

7:45am - Breakfast & Registration
8:30am - State of STEM Program


Dr. Mae Jemison

Astronaut, Engineer, Physician, Entrepreneur, Educator

Dr. Jemison was the first woman of color in the world to go into space and served six years as a NASA astronaut. She leads 100 Year Starship, a global initiative to ensure that the capabilities for human travel beyond our solar system to another star exist within the next 100 years. The initiative uses the difficult challenges of human interstellar travel -- technical, social and economic -- as a springboard to foster transformative innovation to benefit life on Earth.

Named the Poling Chair of Business and Government for the 2016-2017 academic year at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Dr. Jemison will stimulate discussion about the critical interactions between the private and public sectors in matters of economic growth, technology research and development, and sustainability.

Dr. Jemison founded two medical technology companies and the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, a nonprofit that develops and implements STEM education curricula and enhances teacher skills in experiential education.

“Working with Metro Schools means working with tomorrow's leaders. Metro graduates young men and women with academic skills and personal courage to take risks and succeed. With your help, we can open this school to more students, reach kids at younger ages, and prove that the Metro model works.”

Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth - President & CEO, Battelle

Honorary Event Chair

Steering Committee

  • Latisha Chastang

    Metro Parent

  • Pat Gabbe, M.D.

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • Courtney Hodapp

    JPMorgan Chase

  • Aimee Kennedy (Chair)


  • Kenny McDonald

    Columbus 2020

  • Alicia Oddi

    Rev1 Ventures

  • Pamela Rodier

    Rodier Law Offices, Inc.

  • Michael Suhovecky


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Collaborating with Metro Schools allows individuals and companies to work hand-in-hand with the next generation of work-force talent and to contribute to their personal and educational growth. Sponsorships provide special funding for internships, field studies, curriculum development and other partnerships to drive our success. To secure your sponsorship or tickets TODAY, please contact Metro Development Officer Cathryn Geppert at (W) 614-259-6639, (M) 916-893-6785 or

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