Professional Development

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...
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...
A chance to recognize unsung heroes of our profession…
not necessarily just for directors
Every year museum professionals are able to accomplish both personal and institutional goals. Likewise, it is important to for peers to recognize and support those achievements in the goal of furthering the museum profession.

2013 Director’s Chair recipient Dr. Sarah George, Executive Director of the...
By Kristine McCarty
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
 I never wanted to work in a museum.
Not that I was against it—the thought had just never occurred to me.
Almost two years ago, a position for an intern opened up at the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) on the campus of Idaho State University. The position was a paid...
By Jonathan Bucci
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
With generous support from the Western Museum Association (WMA) Wanda Chin Scholarship fund, I was able to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City from October 9–12, 2013. The theme of the 2013 conference was Drive On: Museums and the Future. Over the past several years...
By Heather Diamond, PhD
On April 25, 2014, the Hawai`i Museums Association (HMA) held its annual meeting and conference at the Japanese Cultural Center Grand Ballroom in Honolulu, Hawai`i. The theme of this year’s conference was Museums 20/20: Vision and Visitors. Sixty people from Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island attended. The conference was preceded and followed by optional field trips to...

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