Inspiring Leaders: Dr. Bernard Harris

Thursday, February 09, 2017 | 11:00 am- 1:00 pm Add to Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

John P. McGovern Campus
2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite J
Houston, TX 77021

Growing up, most kids want to be an astronaut, a scientist, or a doctor, but Dr. Bernard Harris decided to be all three. A veteran astronaut for over eighteen years, Dr. Harris has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space. On his second flight, Dr. Harris conducted the first telemedicine conference with the Mayo Clinic and became the “First African American to walk in Space”. Continuing his career as a NASA scientist, Dr. Harris conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis. As Head of the Exercise Countermeasure Project, he conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space. Following his career in astronautics, Harris became an entrepreneur, working first as vice president of Spacehab, Inc. in 1996, where he worked on the commercialization of space exploration. After earning his M.B.A. degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake, Harris became executive director of Versalius Ventures in 2001.

Harris has received much recognition for his work as astronaut, entrepreneur, and as a community developer. In addition to becoming a fellow of the American College of Physicians, he is also the winner of The Challenger Award from the Ronald E. McNair Foundation, and recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. The Dr. Bernard A. Harris Middle School was named in his honor in 2006. That same year Harris established the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp and the Dream Tour, two STEM programs to encourage minority students to pursue an interest in the sciences.

Join us for a fireside chat with Dr. Bernard Harris and experience the lessons he’s learned.

The Inspiring Leaders series provides unrivaled access to been there done that industry leaders in an intimate and unique setting. The highly sought after, featured speakers share their forecasts and vision for the future as well as lessons learned from the trenches. The series is designed to be an interactive and highly educational experience for all who attend.

11:00 AM | Registration Opens, Lunch, and Networking
12:00 PM | Presentation, Interview and Q&A
1:00 PM | Program Close

$35 | General Public
$20 | Academic/Student Rate
$45 | At the door

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2450 Holcombe Blvd, Suite J
Houston, TX 77021


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