Leadership


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...
By Arthur H. Wolf
Several years ago it occurred to me that there might be fewer years ahead than there had been behind me, and I decided to plan for how I might pay back some institutions and organizations that had been formative, instructive, and beneficial to me over the past 35 years or so. In our household we have always supported annual contributions and memberships to museums, food banks,...
by Allyson Lazar
Handouts from the Museum Trustee Association

Bright and early last Wednesday morning I sat in on a session on Director/Board Relations at the annual WMA conference, moderated by Jim McCreight, President of the Museum Trustee Association. His panelists were Mo King, Immediate Past Chair of the Mingei International Museum in San Diego and Derrick Cartwright, formerly the Director...
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