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Conversations with Goddard: Melissa Gates

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Welcome to Conversations with Goddard! ???? In this series of video shorts, we're expanding our decade-long profile series to hear stories from the people who keep our center thriving.

Melissa Gates came to NASA after managing her family's business and serving customers at MGM National Harbor. Today, she manages the needs of Goddard's Mission Systems Engineering Branch.

A self-proclaimed thrill-seeker and experienced traveler, Melissa also uses a cane and a scooter to get around. "I have had to make people comfortable with my disability," she said. She enjoys learning and sharing people's stories and experiences, both in her work as branch secretary and in her advocacy for fellow employees with disabilities.

Learn more about Melissa and her work: https://go.nasa.gov/3XvVpam

Learn more about the Conversations with Goddard series at our "People of Goddard" website: https://go.nasa.gov/3DcBntz

Video Description:
:01 Light blue box slides down to reveal white text "Conversations with Goddard" against black background.
:03 Light blue line slides down to reveal white text "Melissa Gates".
:05 Melissa Gates, a Black woman with short black hair and red tee, sits in front of a white background and speaks.
:07 Caption box "Melissa Gates, Secretary, Mission Systems Engineering Branch" glides onto the screen.
:13 Still photo of Melissa smiling and standing in an office.
:16 Back to Melissa speaking.
:28 Photo of Melissa in a train seat, smiling and eating a snack.
:31 Selfie of Melissa in a black hat, at a restaurant with decorative pillars.
:34 Melissa speaking.
:40 Photo of Melissa standing, hands on hips, on football field at a large stadium.
:43 Photo of Melissa driving a boat.
:47 Photo of Melissa outdoors, overlooking green, rocky island cliffs and blue water.
:51 Melissa speaking.
:57 Caption box "Learn more: https://go.nasa.gov/3XxJKIj"

Music provided by Universal Production Music: "Telling Stories" by Jean-Philippe Ichard [SACEM]

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