Genius Gala

Please note that the 10th annual Genius Gala is postponed until May 2022. We look forward to celebrating with you then. Stay tuned for a new date and additional details soon.

Genius Gala nights always sparkle with excitement and inspiration—not to mention drones in flight, dancing dinosaurs, and lifelike robots! The Gala is where Jeff Bezos shared early footage of his Blue Origins rocket launch. It’s where Whoopi Goldberg and paleontologist Jack Horner bonded over living with dyslexia. It’s where satellite pioneer Martine Rothblatt cheered LSC’s commitment to the future, and supermodel Karlie Kloss shared her passion for encouraging young women in technology.

This year, we gather to honor the new Genius Award winners, marvel at the accomplishments of the entire Genius Gallery of honorees we have saluted over the years, and celebrate the Science Center’s continuing impact—in person!

While each Genius Gala has been uniquely compelling, all of the events share a common purpose: To support the Liberty Science Center mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Over the years, the Genius Gala has raised nearly $19 million for LSC’s STEM education programs, helping to make world-class science learning accessible to students, teachers, and families, including those in our most vulnerable communities.

This year’s Gala Committee, under the leadership of Corporate Chair Linda Willett, EVP, General Counsel and Secretary for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, is committed to making Genius Gala 10 another unforgettable night in support of LSC’s mission. We hope that you will join us to celebrate our big anniversary and look toward a bright future together.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Stephanie Dabek at sdabek@lsc.org.



Genius Award Honorees

Priyamvada Natarajan

Cosmic Cartographer

Hugh Herr

Bionics Trailblazer

Jennifer Lynn Eberhardt

Racial-Bias Disruptor



Special Honoree

Abhimanyu Mishra

History's Youngest Chess Grandmaster
(above, Abhi Mishra plays chess at an LSC event in 2015)


Gala Committee

President and CEO
Paul Hoffman
, Liberty Science Center

Corporate Chair
Linda Willett, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Innovation Chairs
Jennifer A. Chalsty, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, John Hopkins University
David M. Daly, Executive Advisor, PSE&G
Josh S. Weston, Honorary Chairman, ADP

Co-Chairs
David Barry, President and CEO, Ironstate Development Company; President and CEO, Urby
Sheri B. Bronstein, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
The Cove JC
Alma DeMetropolis,
Managing Director; Market Manager—New Jersey, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; President, New Jersey Market Leadership Team
Matthew D. Ellis, EVP and CFO, Verizon Communications
EY
Richard Hodosh, MD, Former Medical Director, Atlantic Brain and Spine Institute
Kate and Steve Howe, Retired Chairman, EY
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
Chirag Patel, Co-CEO and President, Amneal Pharmaceutical
Gregory Tusar, Head of Institutional Product, Coinbase
Susan Keating and Norman Worthington, CEO and Executive Chairman, The Star2Star Communications and Blueface Companies

Committee formation as of July 26, 2021.



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
Christopher S. Boerner, PhD, EVP and Chief Commercialization Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Sheri B. Bronstein, VICE CHAIR, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bank of America
Jennifer A. Chalsty, Director, Advisory Council, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University
David M. Daly, Executive Advisor, PSE&G
Michael DeMarco
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
Vijay Swarup, PhD, VP of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
Janet Truncale, Vice Chair and Regional Managing Partner, Americas Financial Services Organization, EY
Gregory Tusar
, Head of Institutional Product, Coinbase
Josh S. Weston, Chairman Emeritus; Honorary Chairman, ADP
Linda A. Willett
, Executive 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
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
, CEO, Sporos Bioventures
David Rosenberg
, CEO and Co-Founder, AeroFarms
Carolyn J. Slaski, CPA, Americas Vice Chair—Talent, EY
Thomas J. Stanton, III, Managing Director, Licensed Broker, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas
Mary Alice Williams, Broadcast Journalist and Author
John Willian
, Former Partner, Goldman Sachs
Jerome B. Zeldis, MD, PhD
, Executive Chairman, ViralClear

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

Honorary Trustees
Susan A. Cole, PhD, Former 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
Amanda Cunningham, COO
Tamour Kousha, CFO
Paul Marsh, VP, Marketing and Communications
Liza Reich Rawson, Head of Exhibition Development and Design
Ivory Williams, VP; STEM Education