Celebrate Inspiration

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 | 5:30pm | COSI

Inspiration is a potent force, no less powerful than gravity, friction, or magnetism— and critically important to science and human progress. It is the ultimate catalyst.


Commemorate the inspiring life of John Glenn.
Astronaut and Senator John Glenn’s life included countless contributions to science and public service. He represents the potential in each of us to bring forth the best of humanity, working toward what is honorable, right, and possible.


Honor a community leader who inspires.
Catalyst includes the presentation of the annual John Glenn Inspiration Award recognizing an individual who has dedicated their life to inspiring others for the benefit of humankind.

2023 John Glenn Inspiration Award Recipient
Jack Kessler
Owner of the John W. Kessler Company
Co-Founder and Chairman of The New Albany Company

Jack Kessler


Inspire the next generation of innovators.
You can be a catalyst. You can spark creativity, curiosity and innovation by helping COSI continue to improve science literacy, foster a STEM workforce and provide accessible STEM learning across a diverse community.


Funds raised from Catalyst support COSI’s mission-driven efforts to support innovators of tomorrow who are engaging with science today. Your support of Catalyst is critical to helping COSI reach our goal of distributing thousands of Learning Lunchbox science kits at no-cost to in-need learners across the region, creating the spark of inspiration in curious young people and providing them with resources that present meaningful engagements with STEM.



Karin Chamberlain, Director of Donor Engagement & Events
[email protected] or 614.629.3225

Event  Details

The evening program will begin promptly at 5:30 PM. With this in mind, the timing for the evening is as follows:
5:00 PM – Doors Open and Check-in Begins
5:30 PM – Award Ceremony, Hosted by 10TV’s Angela An, Begins in Gallery 1
with theatre-style seating
6:15 PM – Reception Begins in The Atrium
with passed appetizers, food stations, open bar, live jazz by The Bobby Floyd Trio and cocktail seating
8:30 PM – Farewell and Safe Travels

Check-in is located outside of Gallery 1. No physical tickets are needed, as we will be checking in guests by name and providing a name tag.

The attire for the evening is business professional or cocktail attire.

For parking, we will offer two options:

  • Complimentary Valet: Located at 76 Washington Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215 (the east side of COSI; accessed from Broad St. eastbound)
  • Validated Self-Parking: Located at 50 Belle St, Columbus, OH 43215 (the west side of COSI; accessed from Broad St. or Town St.)