Join fellow CEOs at the Frontiers of Flight Museum as NASA astronaut and venture capitalist Bernard Harris takes us on a journey like no other. Dr. Harris has spent his life pushing the limits, exploring the unknown, and encouraging others to do the same. He is a captivating and highly interactive speaker and will share perspective on how his earlier experiences in space flight and medicine have formed his world view, driving his passion for VC businesses that are filled with imagination, invention and innovation. Dr. Harris will fascinate us with his tales of space, help us see how dreaming can become reality, and expand our horizons by stepping into the unknown and challenging the boundaries of our businesses. Those attending will also be able to tour the exciting Frontiers of Flight Museum.
This event is fully booked. If you are a CEO and would like to see if you qualify to be added to the wait list, please register online.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Wine Reception
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Discussion and Buffet Dinner
As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Harris leads National Math and Science Initiative's (NMSI) efforts to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in STEM education across the country. He has been involved in math and science education for more than 25 years through the Harris Institute & Foundation and as a founding board member for NMSI.
Prior to NMSI, Dr. Harris was CEO and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm that invests in early- to mid-stage healthcare technologies and companies. As CEO, he was responsible for managing a portfolio of operating companies and venture investment.
While at NASA, Dr. Harris conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space. A veteran astronaut for over twenty-five years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space and was the first African-American to walk in space
Dr. Harris is a member of the Board of Directors for U.S. Physical Therapy (Nasdaq: USPH), JSA Health and Monebo Technologies. He serves as a Trustee for Salient Fund and Salient MF Trust, and Barings Fund & Trust. In addition, he is on the Board of the National Academy of Medicine, the Texas Medical Center, HealthConnect, NMSI, and the Harris Institute & Foundation.
Dr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston, a Master of Medical Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston and a Doctorate of Medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a National Research Council Fellowship in Endocrinology at the NASA Ames Research Center and trained as a Flight Surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base. He is also a licensed private pilot and certified scuba diver.
Dr. Harris is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Stony Brook University, Morehouse School of Medicine, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Washington & Jefferson College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Hartford, and Indiana Institute of Technology. He’s also been awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Award of Merit, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and recipient of the 2000 Horatio Alger Award.
He is the author of “Dream Walker: A Journey of Achievement and Inspiration.”