On November 16, NYSCI gathered 650 leaders from industry and academia for our annual Evening of Science and Inspiration. Through the event, we raised more than $1.7 million to deliver transformative educational programs, develop groundbreaking exhibitions and experiences, and provide youth programming and mentoring that inspires the next generation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
We honored four industry leaders who have each harnessed science and technology in different ways to produce tremendous progress and benefit to people all over the world. Guy Chiarello, president of First Data, received our Distinguished Leadership Award for his leadership in technology, innovation and product development. Our Vision & Venture Award was shared by Queens natives Leonard S. Schleifer, M.D., Ph.D. and George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Schleifer is the president and CEO and Dr. Yancopoulos is the president and chief scientific officer of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, one of the most distinguished and exciting biotech companies in the world. Finally, Ayah Bdeir, the dynamic founder and CEO of littleBits, accepted our Creative Entrepreneurship Award for her work to enable everyone, regardless of age, gender, technical ability or discipline, to be creative with electronics and reinvent their world.
The gala also celebrated the 30th anniversary of NYSCI’s renowned Science Career Ladder program, with three Explainers receiving the Seidenberg Family Top of the Ladder Award: Shateesh Bhugwansing, Anna McPherran and Laycca Umer.