Chicago Academy of Sciences announces first African-American CEO
“It is with humility and honor that I join the Musée de la nature team. I am a lifelong learner in a family of scientists who instilled in me a deep value of education, curiosity and compassion,” Amico said. in a statement from the museum. Her family members working in scientific research include her father, a neurosurgeon, and her sister, an oncologist at the University of Chicago.
Much of his role as P33 was to tell the story of Chicago as it relates to cultural institutions. In his new position, Amico hopes to put institutions like the academy and the museum on the regional and national map. “Nature is a powerful source of inspiration, knowledge and connection. I am grateful to have the opportunity to build on the incredible legacy of the Museum of Nature and to develop new links between this important institution and our community.
“The Nature Museum does more hours of hands-on science education, mostly in underserved areas, than any other museum in Chicago. I am thrilled that Erin is continuing this important effort to ensure Chicago’s future scientists reflect all of our citizens,” added Penny Pritzker, Co-Founder of P33 and Founder and President of PSP Partners.
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Amico is a Chicago native, originally from Hyde Park and a graduate of the Latin School of Chicago. She also earned two master’s degrees in business administration, one from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the other from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.
A fan of the National Geographic and History channels growing up, she says she always had an affinity with science in general. “Personally, I’ve always had a deep love for museums,” she says. “I think there’s something about a museum that connects you to something bigger than yourself.”
As for making history as the first African-American CEO and president of the museum of nature, Amico said she thought it would signal things for others and was reminiscent of what she had. lived in his post at P33.
“You realize that as African Americans, even if you don’t want to play that role, you have a responsibility to be your best, to be great at your job, to put your best foot forward in forward because people are watching you and watching what you do,” she says. “You never know who’s being inspired or encouraged.
In September, the Chicago Academy of Sciences will unveil one of its biggest renovations in more than 20 years: Nature’s Play Space, an early childhood playground, is a $40 million project that will enter the practical mission of the academy.
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