At this year's Annual Meeting, join us for our General Session & Panel, where we hear from museum industry leaders sharing their approaches to institutional change, digging deep into the ways museums can ENGAGE with their communities, staff, and other museums.
With opening remarks from Jason B. Jones, the Executive Director of Western Museums Association,
the General Session & Panel will be moderated by:
Director & President, Philbrook Museum of Art
Scott Stulen is the Director and President of Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s also an artist, curator, programmer and DJ. Previously he was the first Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Director of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers and Project Director of mnartists.org at the Walker Art Center.
Meet This Year's Presenters
EVP of Communications and Visitor Experience,
Autry Museum of the American West
Maren Dougherty leads the Autry’s communications, public programming, and visitor experience division. Prior to joining the Autry in 2013, Dougherty was the director of external affairs for the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, a groundbreaking museum technology project serving cultural institutions in San Diego, CA. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Getty Leadership Institute's NextGen executive education program.
Senior Experience Officer,
Akron Art Museum
Seema Rao is the Principal and CEO of Brilliant Idea Studio (BIS) a consulting group that helps museums, non-profits, and libraries. BIS specializes in content development and strategy; change facilitation; and inclusive community. With nearly 20 years of museum experience, Ms. Rao has extensive experience in interpretation and programming from leading content development for all audiences. Ms. Rao led the content development for many digital projects including the innovative Gallery One, Studio Play, and Asian Odyssey. Ms. Rao holds a Master’s degree in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a Master’s degree in Information Science and User Experience Design.
Director of Programs and Audience Development,
National Museum of American History
As a museum leader, he is widely recognized as an audience-engagement innovator, a champion of change, and an advocate for visitors. Adam teaches an audience engagement seminar at the Harvard University Extension School’s Museum Studies program, of which he is an advisory board member. He is a founding member of the International Audience Engagement (IAE) network, based in Melbourne, and lectures on the topic worldwide. Previously, he was director of audience engagement at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. He has also held many roles at museums including the Oakland Museum of California, Harvard Art Museums, Boston Children’s Museum, and Boston’s Museum of Science.
Executive Director/Board President,
Idaho Black History Museum
Phillip Thompson is a 6th Generation Idahoan, with a 20+ year Career in Information Technology. As the Former President of the Islamic Center of Boise (ICB), Thompson now serves as ICB's Director of Outreach and is the Board President & Director of the Idaho Black History Museum (IBHM). Thompson additionally serves on the Boise Police Chief's Community Advisory Panel, the Board of Directors City Club of Boise, and the Board of Directors Future Public School. Furthermore, he is a Boxing Coach and works with Parkinson's patients to delay the progression of disease through the physical activity of boxing, weight lifting, and exercise. His biggest accomplishment yet is being a proud father of his 8-year-old daughter, Zaida.
We look forward to seeing you at WMA 2019, in Boise, ID!