The VIPP Report: Microsoft Hosts Innovation Panel Discussion featuring American physician and NASA astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison


Microsoft is taking discussions about creating innovators where few have dared to tread – beyond the skies. In a panel discussion including the first African American woman astronaut to travel into space – Dr. Mae Jemison, the Microsoft panel entitled “Discovering the Sky Is NOT the Limit” examines ways to help create more innovators among women and minorities.

Date of Event:  June 23, 2015

Time of Event:  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location:  Austin Convention Center/ Room 19AB

Fernando Hernandez, Supplier Diversity Director for Microsoft, will lead the conversation with Dr. Jemison, Janice Greene, PhD, Economic Development Strategy and Business Intelligence Supplier Management for The Boeing Company and Vonshe Jenkins, Director of Supplier Diversity for Bank of America and Nina G. Vaca, the Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle Technical Resources.  The panel will share their thoughts about innovation, the challenges and suggestions for increasing women and minority participation in innovation.

“I want to make sure we use all our talent, not just 25 percent,” says Dr. Jemison. “Don’t let anybody rob you of your imagination, your creativity, your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

Hundreds of women attending the Women’s Business Enterprise National Conference (WBENC) will have the opportunity to understand and hear why big industry and leading companies value new ideas more than ever. Today’s global and competitive marketplace are driving businesses to develop, collaborate and innovate in order to meet customer demands, strengthen their market position and enhance their bottom line. Existing entrepreneurs, new startup companies and big industry must all continually innovate in order to deliver on a scalable and sustainable business geared for job creation and economic growth.

Microsoft is also announcing The Microsoft Global Top 10 Innovators Competition (August 2015) searching for the next great ideas for consumers and big industry that will positively impact our world.

Bold vision, creative experiments and committed partners will build a better world.

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