The Annual Genius Gala

On Sept. 21, 2020, Liberty Science Center will honor three visionary women and men of science at Genius Gala 2020.

These innovators 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.

All proceeds from this event benefit Liberty Science Center's exhibitions and programs, and support its mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.


2020 Inductees

Moshe Safdie

Master Architect

Jennifer A. Lewis

3D Bioprinting Pioneer

William Conan Davis

Food Chemist


Presenters & Special Guests

David and Dessa Blaine

Illusionists

Camille Schrier

Biochemist, Miss America 2020


Gala Committee

Paul Hoffman, President and CEO

Corporate Chairs
Michael DeMarco, CEO, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Michael J. Inserra, Senior Vice Chair and Americas Deputy Managing Partner, EY
Gary D. St. Hilaire, President and CEO, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Innovation Chairs
Jennifer A. Chalsty
, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, John Hopkins University
Alma DeMetropolis, Managing Director; Market Manager—New Jersey, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; President, New Jersey Market Leadership Team
Josh S. Weston, Honorary Chairman, ADP

Co-Chairs
David Barry, President and CEO, Ironstate Development Company; President and CEO, Urby
Christopher S. Boerner, PhD, EVP and Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Sheri B. Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
David M. Daly
, President and COO, PSE&G
Matthew D. Ellis, EVP and CFO, Verizon Communications
Bruce L. Levy, President and CEO, BMR Energy
Jeffrey M. Mandler, Co-Founder and Past CEO, CarePoint Health
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, Founder and President, Bedtime Math
John Overdeck, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, Two Sigma
Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO, ADP
Gregory Tusar, Co-Founder, Tagomi Systems
Susan Keating and Norman Worthington, CEO and Executive Chairman, The Star2Star Communications and Blueface Companies


Managing Trustees
Susan Mustokoff Akselrad, JD, Former Chief Employment Counsel for Solvay S.A.’s North American Companies
David Barry, CO-CHAIR, President and CEO, Ironstate Development Company; President and CEO, Urby
Frederick A. Bertoldo, Region Bank President, New York, Northeast Community Banking, Wells Fargo & Company
Christopher S. Boerner, PhD, EVP and Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Sheri B. Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
Jennifer A. Chalsty, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University
David M. Daly, President and COO, PSE&G
Michael DeMarco, CEO, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Alma DeMetropolis, VICE CHAIR, Managing Director; Market Manager—New Jersey, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; President, New Jersey Market Leadership Team
Robert J. Hariri, MD, PhD, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, Human Longevity, Inc.; Chairman, Founder, and CEO, Celularity, Inc.
Richard M. Hodosh, MD, Former Medical Director, Atlantic Brain and Spine Institute
Stephen R. Howe, Jr. CO-CHAIR, Retired, Chairman Emeritus, Ernst & Young LLP
Sam Khichi, EVP, General Counsel, Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Becton Dickinson & Company
Bruce L. Levy, TREASURER, President and CEO, BMR Energy
Jeffrey M. Mandler, Co-Founder and Past CEO, CarePoint Health
W. Nevins McCann, JD, Partner, Connell Foley
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, VICE CHAIR, Founder and President, Bedtime Math
Chirag Patel, Co-CEO and President, Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Anthony T. Skiadas, CPA, SVP and Controller, Verizon Communications
Carolyn J. Slaski, CPA, Americas Vice Chair—Talent, EY
Thomas J. Stanton, III, Managing Director, Licensed Broker, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas
Vijay Swarup, PhD, VP of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Gregory Tusar, Co-Founder, Tagomi Systems
Josh S. Weston, Chairman Emeritus; Honorary Chairman, ADP
Linda A. Willett
, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Advisory Trustees
Brian Carlin, CEO, Wealth Management Solutions, JPMorgan Chase & Company
Janet L. Denlinger, PhD, President, Matrix Biology Institute; Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Hylaco, LLC
Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, Atlantic Health System
Michele Holcomb, PhD, EVP, Strategy and Corporate Development, Cardinal Health
Ganga Kannan, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Margaret Lanning, EVP and Chief Credit Officer, Investors Bank
Minalkumar (Minal) Patel
, MD, Founder and CEO, Abacus Insights, Inc.
Amit Rakhit, MD
, President and Chief Medical Officer, Ovid Therapeutics
David Rosenberg
, CEO and Co-Founder, AeroFarms
Rebecca Symes, JD
John Willian
, Former Partner, Goldman Sachs
Jerome B. Zeldis, MD, PhD
, Chief Medical Officer; President of Clinical Research, Regulatory, and Safety; Sorrento Therapeutics

Honorary Chair Emeritus
William A. Tansey, III, MD, FACC, Cardiologist, Summit Medical Group

Honorary Trustees
Susan A. Cole, PhD, President, Montclair State University
Hon. Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City
Hon. Thomas H. Kean, Founding Governor
Ralph LaRossa, COO, PSEG; President and COO, PSEG Power LLC

Executive Staff
Christine Arnold-Schroeder, VP, External Affairs
Iowaka Barber, Chief People Officer
Bryan Blaney, Managing Director, Guest Operations
Amanda Cunningham, COO
Tamour Kousha, CFO
Ellen Lynch, Head of Exhibition Operations and Maintenance
Paul Marsh, VP, Marketing and Communications
Liza Reich Rawson, Head of Exhibition Development and Design
Ivory Williams, VP; STEM Teaching, Learning, and Innovation