James Manyika, a McKinsey senior partner and a leader of our tech practice who serves as chairman and director of the McKinsey Global Institute, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Academy announced this year’s class on April 17.
Founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and others, the Academy aims to “honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good.” Its members have included towering figures from a range of disciplines, such as Benjamin Franklin, Maria Mitchell, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, Margaret Mead, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I am humbled to be included in such company, past and present,” says James, “and I’m inspired by my colleagues at McKinsey, who achieve extraordinary things every day and dedicate their talent and energy to making the world better, each in their own way.”
Joining James in the Academy’s 2019 class are former First Lady Michelle Obama, National Book Award-winning novelist Jonathan Franzen, critically-acclaimed actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, and others. The new class will be honored at an October induction ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“With the election of these members,” said David W. Oxtoby, President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, “the Academy upholds the ideals of research and scholarship, creativity and imagination, intellectual exchange and civil discourse, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge in all its forms.”