Stephanie Keene - Making the Office of Communications a Better Place
With an infectious smile and outgoing personality that helps support her office, Stephanie Keene has created an atmosphere and opportunity for her to grow.
Office and Code:
Office of Communications, Code 130
What do you do and what is most interesting about your role here at Goddard?
I’m an office automation secretary, assisting Code 130 with daily office operations. NASA Goddard has such a strong name and background that I wanted to be a part of something great and try something new and different. I couldn’t pass on a chance to be a part of this amazing organization. I enjoy working with different people and getting to see how operations work behind the scene for various events and seeing it come all together.
What were the most useful classes that have helped you in your current position and why? What was your favorite class?
Argosy University encourages their students to be very vocal and outgoing since the classes are small. The most useful class that I took was Interpersonal Relationships. This class has become helpful with my job because it taught me about myself and helped me realize factors of my personality that I had not known. This class also helped me to communicate effectively with others.
Photo of Stephanie Keene. Credit: NASA
What makes Goddard’s Stay-In-School Program so great? What has been most useful to you?
This program gives students the opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary organization. Never in my wildest dreams would I think I’d be working for NASA Goddard. Goddard gives students the chance to grow and this program opens the door for people who would probably otherwise never be given an opportunity to show that their skills match those of other employees.
What was the coolest or best thing that ever happened to you at Goddard?
When I first signed on to take this position, I was promised that I would have a chance to meet an astronaut. Although I’m still waiting, I think that meeting one would be the highlight of my Stay-In-School Program. The second best thing was having the opportunity to hear Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek give a presentation. I really enjoyed her speech; it was inspirational and humorous.
Who is the most interesting, inspiring, or amazing person you have met or worked with at Goddard?
The most amazing and inspiring person I’ve met since working at Goddard is the Public Engagement Team Lead in the Office of Communications, Michelle Jones. She has a balance of work and family life that exudes poise and professionalism. I see her take on assignment after assignment, and no matter how stressful each task may become, the end product is always above and beyond. I’m sure anyone would be happy to work with her. The entire public engagement team has a great work ethic and I believe it is in part because of their great leadership. Though I’m not on the public engagement team, I’m honored to work with them.
What advice would you give other students interested in the Stay-In-School Program at NASA Goddard?
In my office, taking risks, being outgoing, putting yourself out there and getting to know people from different backgrounds will help you to become successful. I’d advise each student to utilize every opportunity available to them here at Goddard and to help others as much as possible because they may receive recognition that could one day help them in their careers.
Is there some place in the world that you want to visit or someplace you have been and want to go back?
I would love the opportunity to visit Hawaii or Paris because of the beautiful scenery and the chance to experience different cultures other than my own. However, I’m afraid that I may not want to leave once I visit.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
My favorite quote is, “live every moment, laugh every day, and love beyond words.” Following these words can lead to a prosperous life!
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