03/19/2009 AT 07:05 AM EDT
Michelle Obama is going back to school – and taking Alicia Keys
, Sheryl Crow
and astronaut Mae Jemison with her.
The first lady is being joined by the women – as well as Denyce Graves, Kerry Washington, Debbie Allen, Maggie Daley, Lisa Leslie, Bobbi Brown, Dominique Dawes, Phylicia Rashad, Alfre Woodard, Penny Pritzker and Gen. Ann Dunwoody – to speak to students in Washington, D.C.-area high schools about setting career goals. The Thursday visits are part of Women's History Month, reports The Washington Post
Table manners alert: The special day will wrap up with dinner at the White House, not only for the guest speakers, but also for several students invited from the various schools.
– Stephen M. Silverman