Professional Development

By Alexa Beaman
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
As a University of San Francisco Museum Studies Graduate Student with interests in leadership, education, and mobile engagement, the Western Museums 2014 Annual Meeting and Wanda Chin Scholarship allowed me to immerse myself in varied sectors of the museum field as well as network...
By Crystal Mason
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
My interest in education always stemmed from my desire for knowledge and the amazing ability to share it with others. I began my career in education at a public high school and I can honestly state that at that time I was unaware that museum education was even a possible career path...

The Western Museums Association (WMA) presents the second installment of WestMusings | 10 Minute Museum Talks, which took place during the 79th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on October 5-8, 2014. WestMusings are short, engaging presentations by forward-thinking museum leaders. This year, WestMusers offered personal narratives about their origin stories and how they are connected to museums. Join...
By Kristen Mihalko
One of the toughest things about a new job is becoming familiar with colleagues and building relationships in the office. When I started working with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, I knew that my challenge wasn’t just getting to know my internal coworkers but getting to know my colleagues throughout our 1,200 acre urban cultural park. Luckily, I entered an organization...
By Eleanor Sandys
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
At midnight on Saturday night, after eight and half hours of more-or-less straight driving from Berkeley, CA, my three compatriots from John F. Kennedy University’s Museum Studies program and I arrived at the Las Vegas Strip. Lights, billboards, and huge video advertisements lit up...
By Molly Wilmoth
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting
First and foremost, I would like to commend the staff and board of the Western Museums Association (WMA) for producing an Annual Meeting that so embodies the organization’s core values. As a first time attendee, it was clear WMA values fostering collegiality, inclusion, and trust...
With great pleasure and excitement, the Western Museums Association (WMA) announces the Request for Proposals for sessions during the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held in San Jose, California on October 24-27, 2015.

The WMA Program Committee requests your Session Proposals for the 2015 Annual Meeting:
What are current trends for museums?
How are museums changing visitor expectations? Or, conversely...
By Wendy Meluch
Wow! If you missed Anne Rowe's recent blog post, Don’t Hesitate, Speed Date!, go back and check it out. She is a cheerleader for networking at the Western Museums Association (WMA), or any meeting filled with like-minded people. Anne gives loads of examples of how to make connections with your colleagues in different conference situations. She completely makes the case for...
By Anne Rowe
Professional conferences are peculiar gatherings. It took me two conferences to figure out that it’s not important whether your next session is in the Tango or Tierra room. What’s really important is this: once you find the right conference room, whom are you sitting next to? Nobody prepared me for this reality so I will try to save you some time with one tip as you prepare for the...
By Joseph Govednik
The Washington Museum Association’s (WaMA) 2014 Annual Conference was in beautiful Port Townsend, a waterfront town known for its Victorian architecture, artistic influences, and maritime heritage. The meeting was held at the Fort Worden State Park conference center. Fort Worden is a former U.S. artillery garrison with a commanding view of Puget Sound and surrounding majestic...

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