Emily Smith has worked at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens since 2009 and became executive director in 2014. Since then, she increased visitor attendance by 63 percent, doubled the operating budget, and added ten additional staff members. She has been a speaker at numerous conferences on the topics of engaging millennial audiences, women in leadership, and creating positive work environments. Smith oversees the gardens’ three-person preservation team, which is responsible for all work onsite and in the community.