Amina Dickerson, M.A., PCC

Amina is a seasoned leader, coach, strategist, and consultant in the corporate, non-profit and philanthropy sectors. Her areas of focus include leadership development, cultural planning, and strategic partnerships and diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (DEIJA).

Her corporate experience included leading the philanthropic programs at Kraft Foods with an emphasis on hunger relief, domestic violence prevention, and arts and education. She held executive posts with the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Chicago Historical Society, and DuSable Museum of African American History. In addition to her consulting engagements, Amina works as a coach with the Kellogg School for Nonprofit Management at Northwestern and as faculty/advisor to Young Cultural Innovators, a program of the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria. Amina leads workshops on women’s leadership, succession planning and organizational stewardship and is a frequent panelist and keynote speaker.

Amina studied theater at Emerson College, holds a certificate in arts management from Harvard University, and an MA in arts management from the American University in Washington, D.C. She has coaching certificates from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is certified in the Leadership Circle Profile 360 assessment.

Amina’s civic work includes service on the boards of the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation (Vice Chair), and the Terra Foundation for American Art, chair of the Cultural Advisory Council for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and chair of the Leadership Advisory Council of the Art Institute of Chicago. She previously served as chair and interim president of the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Women’s Funding Network, among other appointments. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, The League of Chicago Theaters, See Chicago Dance, The Chicago Cultural Alliance, and the National Museum of Mexican Art, among others. She is included in the HistoryMakers national video archives of outstanding African American leaders at the Library of Congress and was named to The Network Journal’s Class of 25 Influential Black Women in Business. In 2010 she was named to the American University Alumni Hall of Fame. Previously, she served as Distinguished Visitor with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a Newberry Library Fellow. Amina resides in Chicago, Illinois.


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    “Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.”

    ~ Margaret Wheatley

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    “Her ability to understand our unique culture and bring in a fresh perspective was the perfect blend of skills to affect positive change in our organization.”

    ~ Senior Leader, Higher Education

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