If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

I would have dinner with Neil deGrasse Tyson because I admire his great ability to communicate exceedingly complex ideas about the universe with ease, wit and humor, and to ultimately inspire many people to share his love for scientific exploration.

If you could create your own social enterprise, what would it be and why?

A Social Enterprise that focuses on employing youth and providing various job training skills which they would then teach younger students such that the program was sustainable, because I believe that empowering youth to control their own success is of paramount importance.

Host Site Overview

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ mission is to manage, conserve and protect Illinois’ natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public’s understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois’ natural resources for present and future generations.

Host Site Project

Michael will support staff in building capacity for recruiting and organizing volunteers statewide. Michael’s project will focus on creating a volunteer recruitment and outreach plan, including templates and guides to inform future efforts.