“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
The name Fly Loft Group was inspired by my 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.
We custom design each project in close partnership with our clients, cycling between big picture thinking and practical logistics. Our collaborative approach highlights the power of face-to-face conversations and the collective wisdom that emerges when individuals gather in a facilitated group. As skilled interpreters, we support conversations to move forward productively and then translate what emerges into an integrated plan and vision for the future.
A Fly Loft is all about possibility and potential.
Michele Steckler founded the consulting firm Fly Loft Group as a natural extension of her twenty-six-year career in the theatre. Michele has a unique approach to consulting and facilitation, based on experiential knowledge developed over decades of producing and leading highly successful creative and production teams on Broadway and around the world. Equally comfortable in a conference room, boardroom or classroom, Michele builds a foundation of trust that fosters collaboration, creativity and risk taking. Her workshops and interactive events result in rewarding and productive outcomes through a process that is dynamic and fun. Michele is deeply passionate about nurturing leaders, fostering multi-generational connections and supporting periods of change and transition.
Prior to founding Fly Loft Group, Michele had an expansive career in the theatre. Her fourteen-year tenure with Disney Theatrical Group began in 1997 as the original Assistant Director on the Broadway production of The Lion King. She soon became the Associate Producer and eventually Senior Vice President and Senior Producer overseeing The Lion King, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and Peter and the Starcatcher. As a young stage manager in the avant-garde world, Michele worked with many distinguished directors, composers and writers including Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Peter Sellars, Anne Bogart, David Henry-Hwang, Eve Ensler and Julie Taymor.
Fly Loft Group works with a broad range of clients, including arts and entertainment companies, colleges and universities, corporations, non-profits and conferences. Offerings include leadership and teambuilding workshops, mentoring programs, annual retreats, creative project planning and their innovative Human Sustainability Programs.
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