Leadership Matters: A Look at 21st-Century Museum Leadership
Governance and Leadership
Washington State Convention Center  Tuesday, May 20  3:15-4:30 p.m.     608 
What makes the leader of a successful museum tick? Are there discernible attitudes, philosophies and skills that set a person apart from the thousands charged with moving their institutions forward? What lessons can be drawn from their stories? Now more than ever, success as a museum leader doesn’t necessarily come with longevity, scholarship or curatorial achievement. In fact, successful leaders often bring myriad skills to the table, both professional and personal, that meld into a style that works both personally and professionally.

Session Format :    Idea Forum

Learner Outcomes

Anne Ackerson - Council of State Archivists

Anne Ackerson served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York, the director of the Museum Association of New York, and currently serves as the executive director of the national Council of State Archivists. She consults and writes about cultural institution development, regularly presents webinars and workshops, and the co-author with Baldwin of the forthcoming book on Women+Museums.

Joan Baldwin -

A graduate of Kenyon College and Case Western University, Joan H. Baldwin is curator of Special Collections a The Hotchkiss School. For a decade she served as program assistant for the Museum Association of New York, responsible for writing, and program design. Along with Anne Ackerson, she co-authored Leadership Matters (Alta Mira, 2014). She is the principal writer for the blog https://leadershipmatters1213.wordpress.com/. Baldwin and Ackerson are currently writing Women+Museums: Lessons from

Edward Bosley - The Gamble House, USC

Jennifer Kilmer - Washington State Historical Society

Robert Kret - Georgia O'Keeffe Museum