$25: Staff of Tier 3 Museum members

$50: Staff of Tier 2 Museum members and Individual members

: Staff of Tier 1 Museum members and Non-members

Registration includes box lunch

Registration for this event is FULL. No onsite registration will be accepted.

If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Greg Stevens.


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Hosted by Dumbarton House

In collaboration with COMPT



Phone: 866-226-2150

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Museum Career Lab

Saturday, Nov. 3
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Dumbarton House
Washington, DC

Museum colleagues place great importance on skills-building and professional relationship-building to enhance their museum careers. We are collaborating with Dumbarton House, COMPT and local colleagues to present Museum Career Lab, a full day of opportunities featuring:

  • Structured workshops (resume writing, interviewing, career mapping) co-facilitated by local colleagues and Alliance staff
  • Informal “Career Path Stories” and “Dine and Dialogues” (box lunch included)
  • Opportunities for networking (group activities/discussion, breaks)

Who Should Attend

The Museum Career Lab program is designed for graduate students, emerging and mid-career professionals and others interested in exploring a museum career.

How Will I Benefit?

After participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Gain practical career development skills
  • Foster professional relationships among local colleagues

Draft Agenda:

(Subject to change)

Download the detailed agenda.

8:45 a.m.
Coffee and Check-in
9 a.m.

9:15 a.m

Career Conversations with Museum Colleagues

  • Being a Museum Administrator
  • Working with Objects
  • Working in Marketing and Communications
10:15 a.m.
10:25 a.m.
"Strategizing Me" Workshop: Marking a Personal Career Map

11:25 a.m.

Career Conversations with Museum Colleagues

  • Creating Exhibitions
  • Working with Media and Technology
12 p.m.
Dine and Dialogue

1 p.m.

Career Conversations with Museum Colleagues

  • Working with/for Visitors
  • Working with Communities
1:40 p.m
Resume Writing Workshop
2:40 p.m.
2:50 p.m.
Interviewing Tips Workshop
3:50 p.m.

Concurrent Activities

  • Resume Lab
  • Cover Letter Convo
  • Mock Interviews with Peers
  • Career Change Convo
  • Marketplace of Ideas: Attendees Portfolio Showcase
  • Optional Break/Museum Visit
5 p.m.
Embracing the Journey, Taking Your Next Steps
5:50 p.m.
Program Closing and Evaluation
6 p.m.
Program Concludes


  • Greg Stevens, assistant director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums
  • Phyllis Hecht, director, Museum Studies Online Program, Johns Hopkins University

  • Karen Daly, executive director, Dumbarton House

  • Victoria Garvin, program officer, membership, Association of Children's Museums


  • Angie Dodson, COO, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • Martha Morris, associate professor, museum studies, The George Washington University
  • Jose Ortiz, executive director, Artisphere
  • Jack Rasmussen, director and curator, American University Museum
  • Shawn Herne, chief curator, Babe Ruth Museum/Baltimore Orioles Museum
  • Alex Nagel, assistant curator of ancient Near East Art, Freer-Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian
  • Keri Towler, assistant registrar, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian
  • Kristen Guiter, communications and pr professional, Arts + Culture Communications
  • Jon Landers, director, National Museum of Dentistry
  • Cecilia Wichmann, publicity and marketing manager, The Phillips Collection
  • Jennifer Thomas, deputy director, Virginia Association of Museums
  • Susan Ades, director of exhibitions, Smithsonian National Zoo
  • Clare Brown, chair, graduate program for exhibition design, Corcoran College of Art + Design
  • James Hicks, senior designer, C&G Partners LLC
  • Beatrice Mowry, chair, exhibits design and technology, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Darren Milligan, senior media designer/webmaster, Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
  • Josh Morin, IT Project Manager, American Alliance of Museums
  • Paul Sparrow, senior vice president, broadcast and new media, The Newseum
  • Wendy Blackwell, vice president, visitor experience, National Children’s Museum
  • Maretta Hemsley-Wood, docent program manager, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Kathy Nusbaum, assistant director of education and public programs, The Walters Art Museum
  • Jill Norwood, community services specialist, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
  • Jennifer Brundage, national outreach manager, Smithsonian Affiliations

You will receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours.

For more program-related information, contact Greg Stevens.


Dumbarton House
2715 Q Street NW
Washington, DC 20007-3071
Phone (202) 337-2288

Dumbarton House offers guests a distinctive look at Federal period architecture, furniture, and decorative arts, as well as life in Georgetown, during our nation’s earliest days.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees.  For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.


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