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In summer 2019, after a remarkable three years as Science World’s President and CEO, Scott Sampson announced he’d take the opportunity to return to the U.S. and be with his family full-time as the Executive Director of California Academy of Sciences.
As the Board prepared for their global search to find his replacement, they wanted to bring on an interim leader, and thought of Janet Wood as having the right skillset for the job.
Board member Kirsten Sutton, Vancity’s Chief Technology & Information Officer, approached her friend and former SAP colleague about taking on the role.
“At first, I said, ‘No,’” Janet laughs. “I had just retired, and the weather was beautiful!”
In addition to the pleasant climes, Janet had a few more reasons to forgo the opportunity.
Her distinguished career as a tech executive had more than fulfilled her, and her tenures on multiple boards—both non-profit and corporate—still occupied her time.
“But then my husband reminded me that retirement is different in the winter months. ‘It’s magical now,’ he said, ‘but wait until the rain starts.’”
She agreed to a dome tour, led by Scott and then-Board chair Launi Skinner.
“What can I say?” Janet lifts her hands. “The experience completely pulled me in.”
She remembers visiting the galleries to observe families as they played and learned, and being moved by their energy and curiosity.