Adler Staff Star: Meet Michelle
President & CEO
What do you enjoy most about working at the Adler?
One word sums up why I love working at the Adler – people. I am passionate about helping others awaken their explorer within, and I couldn’t think of a better group to work on that with than my talented colleagues. Whether by greeting you at the door, or helping you explore a distant world, my colleagues and the smiles they generate on the faces of our guests, make this place special every day.
What’s your fondest Adler memory?
One morning I was talking with a family at the Adler, and I asked if they were getting ready to explore the Solar System with us in our sky show. As they started to explain they were hoping to, their five-year-old daughter shared with me that she was too scared and so they couldn’t go. I talked to her about why she was scared, which had to do with space being dark, and asked if she’d be brave enough to try if I came along and sat next to her. She asked me some very good questions about what we were going to see, and if I really thought she would like it. I convinced her to give it a try, and she and I (and her family) made the journey together. Her joyful expression when we launched out of the spaceport and turned the ship around to see Earth from space was not only priceless but radiated from her the entire trip. As we exited the theater, she gave me an energetic high-five and announced she is ready to go to space anytime!
What is one fun fact about you?
I have a 145 rubber ducky collection…and counting.