Michelle Rosado is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the city. She started her career in business when she was just nineteen years old. By the time she was twenty-five, she was working in the World Trade Center. Despite her early successes in the finance industry, there was a part of Michelle that still felt unfulfilled. "My career in finance was extremely lucrative, but there was something in me that needed more, that wanted to be a servant of humanity in some way." Business was booming, but Michelle wanted a change.
That change would soon come, and it arrived as a tragedy. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Michelle was working on the 96th floor of Tower Two when the plane hit Tower One. She made it out of the catastrophe alive, but far from unscathed. The experience left her in a state of total shock. "I did not know on the day of the tragedy that I had survived. In fact, I thought I had died on that day, because it was such a shell-shock to my body and my mind and my soul." Some of her friends and co-workers lost their lives that day.
After the collapse of the World Trade Center, Michelle's company was bought by a group in Florida. She was asked to go down to Fort Lauderdale to help them recover from the disaster. She agreed. During the course of her initial two-week assignment, she met the man who would later become her husband, Randy Rosado. She moved full-time to south Florida, and the couple was engaged three months later.
This is a great example of the boldness and determination that has characterized Michelle's decisions since her trauma and subsequent spiritual awakening.