The Annual Genius Gala

On May 11, 2018, Liberty Science Center will honor four visionary women and men of science at Genius Gala 7.0.

These disruptive innovators in exoplanetology, cryptocurrency, cognitive science, and human genomics join our growing list of modern geniuses honored annually at our Genius Gala ceremony. Honorees are chosen not only for their singular brilliance, but also for allowing a spark of creativity to ignite their ideas and open up whole new realms of discovery. That's genius.

Genius Gala 7.0 Honorees

Vitalik Buterin


Sara Seager

Astrophysicist and Planet Hunter

Laurie Santos

Cross-Species Cognitive Psychologist

George Church

Genomics Pioneer

Gala Committee

25th Anniversary Corporate Chairs

Steve Howe, US Chairman and Americas Managing Partner, EY
Ralph Izzo, Chairman, President, and CEO, PSEG

25th Anniversary Co-Chairs

David Barry, President and CEO, Ironstate Development Company
Christopher S. Boerner, President and Head of International Markets, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Jennifer Chalsty, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Kevin P. Conlin, CEO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Michael DeMarco, CEO, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Alma DeMetropolis, Managing Director, JPMorgan Private Bank
Matthew Ellis, EVP and CFO, Verizon Communications
Robert C. Garrett, Co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health Network
David T. Gockel, President and CEO, Langan
Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, Atlantic Health System
S. Joseph Hand, JD, VP, Chief of Staff, Celgene Corporation
Robert Hariri, MD, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Human Longevity, Inc.; Chairman, Founder, and CEO, Celularity, Inc.
Barbara G. Koster, SVP and CIO, Prudential Financial
Carl R. Kuehner, III, Chairman and CEO, Building and Land Technology, Inc.
Bruce L. Levy, President and CEO, BMR Energy
Mitch Livingston, Esq., COO & General Counsel, NJM Insurance Company
Barry Ostrowsky, President and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, Founder and President, Bedtime Math and John Overdeck, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, Two Sigma
Chirag Patel, Co-CEO, Co-Founder, and Chairman, Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO, Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Vijay Swarup, PhD, VP of R & D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Gregory Tusar, CEO, Greywolf Consulting, LLC
Josh S. Weston, Honorary Chairman, Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Susan Keating and Norman Worthington, Executive Chairman, The Star2Star Communications and Blueface Companies