Forbes contributor, Joan Michelson, recently sat down with Dr. Ellen Stofan, the first female director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Read her top ten career insights.
“I want to inspire the first girl on Mars. I want her to say, I went to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and I saw a story about Bessie Coleman. I saw a story about Mae Jamieson and that’s what inspired me to want to be the first girl on Mars.”
Ellen Stofan made a deliberate decision to step back from her management career in aerospace to spend more time with her kids knowing she may have shut the door on those opportunities forever. Today, she is the first woman to lead the prestigious Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM).