Kentucky To The World presents the 1st Modern Thinkers Social Series rss feed


Melissa B. Zoeller


Friday, June 16th in collaboration with the Kentucky Science Center and Copper & Kings Distillery

WHAT: The “Dynamic Tracy Drain” is a native Louisvillian and Flight Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she works on the robotic exploration of our solar system. Tracy will bring her expertise in science and enthusiasm for sharing with the world to Kentucky to the World's (KTW) inaugural Modern Thinkers Social Series, a cultural scientific symposium designed for young adults and the young at heart.

This event offers science enthusiasts and hobbyists the unique opportunity to connect face-to-face with this young, accomplished, spirited leader through a meet and greet and a question and answer session where she’ll share her disarming approach to intellectual advocacy. The program will also feature a special astronomy-related local art exhibition, food and beverage offerings from Copper & Kings Distillery and Commonwealth Cure, and live music Louisville’s own Touch A.C.

WHEN: Friday, June 16th, 2017, Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 East Washington St., Louisville, KY 40206

COST: Tickets are $20 which include admission and a specialty Copper & Kings cocktail. Tickets can be purchased at

VIDEO: See Tracy in action at

DETAILS: Described as a “rarity,” and a “beautiful, bubbly sistah with the enthusiasm of a child and the brain of a rocket scientist” (Black Girl Nerds, 2017), Tracy Drain is a prime example of a female that has been successful in a male-dominated field who has a captivating story to tell about her rise to the top of the corporate and social ladder. With current trends of the younger generation in mind, KTW has invited a present-day parallel to the women depicted in the film “Hidden Figures” to speak at the first Modern Thinkers Series, in collaboration with Copper & Kings Distillery.

A Flight Systems Engineer on NASA’s Juno Mission to Jupiter who mentors students regularly, Tracy was born and raised in Louisville where she graduated from Waggener High School in 1993. As an educator, role model, and mentor, Tracy will share intimate insights about growing up in Kentucky, the development of her career, and the challenges she faced while shattering the glass ceiling. With her charismatic personality, Tracy is well equipped to stimulate interest in the scientific field and showcase her excitement about solving new and complicated problems to a younger audience.

During the morning of June 16th, in collaboration with the Kentucky Science Center, 150 middle school students will join Tracy by invitation only for a two-hour multi-faceted program. In the evening, Tracy joins us at Copper and Kings for the ticketed event open to the public beginning with a pre-program reception at 5:30 p.m. and her presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will also include:
An astronomy-themed Multimedia Art Exhibition curated by August Northcut, including artists Adam Horton (painting), Mickie Winters (photography), Rachel Waters (photography), Jack Scally (painting), Avery Wilder (mixed media graphic design). The artwork will be available for purchase during the event;
Live music featuring Touch A.C.;
Film screening of an original documentary on Kentucky’s astronomy community by the Kentucky to the World production team;
Food and drinks by Copper & Kings Distillery, Phantom Chef 502, and Commonwealth Cure, and much more!
Special thanks to the Kentucky Science Center, Copper & Kings Distillery, Commonwealth Cure, Seven Fifty Four Productions, Pop Lock + Taco, and our media supporters WAVE 3 News, Louisville Public Media, and Business First of Louisville.

For more information about Modern Thinkers and KTW, visit: For more information about Tracy Drain, visit

Kentucky to the World’s mission is to enhance our state’s image at home and beyond by showcasing the talent, ingenuity and excellence of outstanding men and women with strong Kentucky ties. By doing that, we are a catalyst for inspiring everyone – no matter their age, geography or circumstance – to promote a positive narrative about Kentucky and to become image changers themselves. To learn more about Kentucky to the World, visit For more information, contact

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