Leadership


By Ferdinando Adorno, Principal Architect, Ferdinando Adorno Architecture
Museums all over the world are increasingly recognising their obligation and the opportunity to consider climate change as a key issue of their commitment towards society. If museums plan to be in existance for forever, they have to take impacts of climate change into consideration. Today their roles are far more complex...

by Karen Marshall, member of the Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM) Steering Committee
In 1973, a Women’s Caucus was held at the AAM Annual Meeting to call for change to end gender-based discriminatory hiring and promotion practices, support for transparent salary data, and fair employment practices.  How much has changed? Although today almost half of the museum profession is filled by...

by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist, Western Museums Association
No matter what point you are in your career, figuring out how to navigate the ins and outs of your job, as well as preparing yourself for the next growth opportunity can be greatly assisted through mentorship. Research shows that women and people from traditionally underrepresented groups do better than the...

Dulce Kersting-Lark, Executive Director of Latah County Historical Society (Moscow, ID)
Working for a museum became my dream sometime during my high school years when I realized that my passion for history did not encompass a love of classroom teaching. In college I pursued internships (both unpaid and poorly paid) in nearby museums and archives. I went on to study Public History in graduate...

Lori Ann Jacobson
May 13, 1958 – January 31, 2018
"Lori was integral to WMA history and was a loyal and true friend to many in the museum community not to mention her amazing talent as an exhibit designer and developer."
- Gail AndersonPresident of Gail Anderson & Associates; former President of WMA Board of Directors
 
 
 
Lori Ann Jacobson was born in Story City, Iowa, on May 13, 1958. She...
By Alexa Beaman
In preparing to present as a part of the panel “Defining Leadership Across Generational Divides” at the Western Museums Association 2015 Annual Meeting, I reflected on moderator James Burns’ question of how established leaders can work together with emerging leaders to build a stronger profession and stronger institutions. And with that I also thought, how could I provide insight...
By Randy C. Roberts, Ph.D.
Several months ago I was invited to be part of a Western Museums Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting panel about 21st century museum leadership. I immediately accepted the invitation feeling grateful for the opportunity to join colleagues in dialogue about a topic that I believe to be critical to the essential work of museums in our communities and in society. As the...
By Adrienne McGraw
What skills and attributes do museum professionals need to possess to successfully
work in the 21st Century museum?
A question like this is always on the minds of museum studies university faculty. We want provide the best education for students so that they contribute to relevant, adaptive, and sustainable museums, which in turn best serve and collaborate with communities. To...
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 Susan B. Spero
We are still early in the New Year, a seasonal time for thinking about resolutions for the year ahead. In December I usually get some time away from my responsibilities at JFK University, and that break from my often too-full work life makes me (perhaps foolishly) more optimistic about what aspirations are possible. Consequently, the goals I set in January are often bigger and...

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