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

In a career spanning three decades, 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 as the executive director of the national Council of State Archivists. In 1997 Anne began an independent consulting practice focusing on organizational development issues for the smaller nonprofit cultural institution. In this capacity, she has worked with a wide var

Joan Baldwin -

"Joan Baldwin, curator of special collections, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT, is a former museum director and program assistant for the Museum Association of New York; co-author, Leadership Matters (2013, AltaMira Press) and the forthcoming Women+Museums (2017, Left Coast Press).

Edward Bosley - The Gamble House, USC

Jennifer Kilmer - Washington State Historical Society

Robert Kret - Georgia O'Keeffe Museum