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Businessperson of the Year

Beth Fitzgerald, President - Magic House, Businessperson of the Year

Beth Fitzgerald, President of the Magic House, is the recipient of the Kirkwood - Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce's 2023 Businessperson of the Year for her excellence in understanding how children learn through play, combined with her exceptional leadership, vision and innovation.

Beth has made a profound impact on the world of children's museums. As President of The Magic House since its opening in 1979, Beth guided the museum's evolution from a modest local not-for-profit organization in a 5,500 square-foot Victorian house in Kirkwood to a national destination, now ten times that size, welcoming over 500,000 visitors annually. Under her visionary leadership, The Magic House expanded further in 2019 by opening a satellite location on Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, broadening the museum's influence and mission.

Beth's impact goes beyond the borders of St. Louis, as she directs The Magic House's national traveling exhibit program, influencing children's museums across the country and continuing to shape the lives of countless young minds. That's not just good business, that's practically magic. 

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