Greater Cleveland Aquarium
First Job: As a teen, my first job was working for a snack shop at a local campground.
Greatest Inspiration: Being underwater as a SCUBA diver exploring a spectacular world. I find inspiration whether I’m diving in Lake Erie, an ocean or at the aquarium.
Best Advice: Recognize what reenergizes you and make time for it on your calendar.
Important Lesson Learned: During the last few months of ever-changing challenges, this quote, whose originator has been questioned, but which is often attributed to
Albert Einstein, has held true for me: “I don’t need to know everything, I just need to know where to find it when I need it.” You do not have to be an expert in every aspect, but with the right leadership, team and resources, you can achieve success.
What I’d Tell 16-Year-Old Me: Perseverance is not just a word on a school poster or something your mom says to keep you going; it is a real-life lesson. If you do not succeed at first, take a deep breath and try again tomorrow.