“Michele is both a bridge and a bridge builder. She makes visions possible, dreams reality and forces flow. A chance to work with Michele is an opportunity not to be missed.”
Thomas Schumacher ~ Producer & President, Disney Theatrical Productions
Fly Loft Group is an innovative consulting collective fueled by collaboration and creative process. As principal, Michele draws from her theatrical roots to provide support as a thinking partner, facilitator and guide, partnering with colleges, conferences and companies to illuminate and address current needs. All speaking engagements, programs and interactive events are custom-tailored from design to delivery, offering shared learning experiences including workshops, seminars, lectures and keynotes.
The name Fly Loft Group was inspired by Michele’s roots in the theatre. A Fly Loft is the vast space above the stage that is home to all of the scenery, lights and tools that support and surround the actors on stage, enhancing the story, the characters and their journey.
A Fly Loft is all about possibility and potential.
A producer at heart, Michele Steckler founded the consulting firm Fly Loft Group as a natural extension of her theatrical roots. Michele’s expansive career in the theatre, from avant-garde stage manager to Broadway producer, provides the foundation for consulting, lecturing and leading Listening & Story Labs through her unique model of practice called Producing Your Life.
Equally comfortable in a conference room, classroom or onstage, she is deeply passionate about nurturing young leaders and fostering multi-generational connections. As senior faculty with Coming Into Your Own, an international leadership program for women, Michele leads retreats designed to support women of all ages as they develop the capacity to lead from the inside out.
Michele began her career in the theater as a stage manager, supervising productions at top regional theaters, Off-Broadway, international festivals and touring productions across five continents, working with a range of celebrated artists including Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Eve Ensler, Seiji Ozawa, Peter Sellars, Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, Oskar Eustis, David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor. Her fourteen-year tenure with Disney Theatrical Group began in 1997 as the original Assistant Director on The Lion King, eventually becoming Senior Vice President and Senior Producer overseeing The Lion King, Tarzan,The Little Mermaid,Mary Poppins,and Peter and the Starcatcher.
Dedicated to awakening personal power and human potential across all generations, Michele partners on diverse projects in the arts, business and education, creating space for people to develop the skills and capacity needed to grow and thrive in the 21stcentury.
Michele holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont and divides her time between New York City and Columbia County, NY, where she also serves as wine director at a local farm-to-table restaurant.
“Whenever I hear I’m going to work with Michele Steckler, I stop worrying. I know she will provide a foundation of attentiveness, expertise, and wisdom, which makes every collaboration more successful, not to mention, more fun. She is a real treasure, and I await our next collaboration!”
David Henry Hwang ~
Michele enjoys collaborating with a variety of talented professionals, including her colleagues in facilitating the Coming Into Your Own Women’s Leadership programs and Pluribus’ Diversity & Inclusion programs.
Barbara Cecil – Thinking partner, coach and guide for organizations involved in renewal processes, and co-founder of the women’s leadership program Coming Into Your Own. Author of the book Coming Into Your Own: A Woman’s Guide through Life Transitions.
Peri Chickering, Ph.D. – Coach, consultant, author and facilitator in the art and science of leadership. Her work focuses on the here and now assisting individuals, teams and organizations to transform old, outdated habits and spin this awareness into new and practical results. Co-founder of Silent Together, a global network honoring the power and practice of regular periods of silence.
Isabelle Pujol – Founder of Pluribus, a consultancy committed to developing individuals, teams and organizations to succeed through diversity and inclusion. Isabelle provides strategic consulting and designs and facilitates conversations with leaders from various global organizations to create a truly inclusive performing culture.
Niki Steckler, Ph.D. – Facilitator, leadership coach and Associate Professor in the Division of Management in Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Medicine.
Profile at OHSU