DRI Board Spotlight: Michele Ostler
The boards of DRI International and the DRI Foundation are comprised of some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable professionals in BCM and resilience, working together to make DRI an indispensable, inclusive, and diverse organization. In this ongoing series of interviews with the board members, you’ll learn more about them and why they’re passionate about the resilience community.
Michele Ostler is the Venue Manager for DRI International and handles venue site management for DRI courses. She is also the Conference Project Manager and is responsible for overseeing the annual DRI conference, and serves on the Board of the DRI Foundation as the Director of Volunteerism.
Prior to her work with DRI, she spent four years at Goldman Sachs as a Human Resources Generalist and In-House Event Planner. Following her tenure there, Oslter has served as the Founder and Event Planner for Penta Dynamic Solutions – a full-service association management and event planning firm.
A native New Yorker, she holds a BA and an MA in Psychology from Marist College. She resides in Long Island with her husband Tony and twins Vincent and Madeline.
Why did you accept a position on the DRI board?
For as long as I can remember, I have donated my time to non-profits so that I could help others. When the opportunity arose to work with the DRI Foundation, it seemed like the perfect fit. To be able to work with an organization that does so much is an amazing opportunity. It quickly became clear that the DRI Foundation was an organization full of people who donate their time, energy and skills to help others across the United States, across the globe, and across all different walks of life. It’s such an amazing feeling to see how much impact this organization has. I have been part of the DRI Foundation board since its inception and am always looking forward to seeing what is next.
What is your proudest moment or most valuable contribution as a DRI board member?
My proudest moment as a DRI Foundation board member has been when I took over as the Director of Volunteerism. Planning a volunteer event is something I have a lot of experience with and to be able to do this for such a wonderful organization was pretty exciting. To bring our Volunteer Day activities to a new level with increased participation, press coverage and Mayoral Proclamations has been an amazing opportunity. Over the years, we have been able to help New Orleans rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, we have helped to paint and refurbish apartments for homeless veterans, we have sorted more than 80,000 pounds of food and provided more than 64,000 meals for those in need, and have mobilized almost 600 volunteers. Our volunteers are a special group of people who really know how to give back. They work hard and have truly worked to improve the lives of others. I am extremely thankful to be able to work with such a dedicated group each and every year.
What’s one interesting or unique thing that we should know about you?
I have an adventurous side. I have been skydiving, heli-skiing and even rode the Olympic bobsled (with a proper Olympic driver of course).