Ali on the Run Show Episode 256: On the Job with Vikki Spruill, President & CEO of New England Aquarium

“I loved science. I had a biology teacher who was a bit of a mentor of mine in high school and I said, ‘I really think this is what I want to pursue!’ And he said, ‘There’s actually not a place for women in science.’ But I never lost sight of my passion.”

When Vikki Spruill was growing up, she loved science and, in particular, ocean life. But she was told that “women didn’t have a place in science.” Today, Vikki is President & CEO of the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA, so it’s safe to say she found her place in science. On this episode, Vikki talks about how she got the job and what her days are like, both before and during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. To date, the aquarium has been closed for 16 weeks, and Vikki talks about the plans they’re putting into place for when the doors do reopen. Plus, she talks about what it’s really like running a huge cultural institution that’s home to 20,000 animals, 200 employees, and more than 1.5 million visitors every year.

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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