Kathy Sullivan is “the most vertical person in the world”: the only person to have walked in space and gone to the deepest point in the ocean. Her exploration has been far afield, but exploration to her simply means a commitment to put curiosity into action. Through her podcast, Sullivan explores lessons learned in the lives of her brilliant and ever-inquisitive guests.
Dawn Wright appears on this episode of Kathy Sullivan’s podcast. Wright is the chief scientist of Esri, a platform that provides mapping and spatial analytics software. As chief scientist, Wright strengthens the scientific foundation for the software and services provided by Esri. Wright also is known as “Deep-Sea Dawn” due to her expertise and vast research contributions in marine geology. She was the first African American woman to conduct a dive with ALVIN, a deep-sea submersible.
Highlights from the Show
- Dawn’s LEGO collection and her other hobbies and interests
- Dawn’s experience being the only African American in a classroom
- How Dawn’s passion for deep-sea exploration started
- Dawn’s advice to people who hesitate to follow their dream
- New technologies that oceanography students can expect to learn
- Dawn’s experience being a woman in a male-dominated field and the first African American woman to dive to the deep seafloor in a deep-sea submersible
- Where Dawn would want to explore if she could have one more deep dive
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This podcast episode has been cross-posted with permission from Kathy Sullivan’s website.