WMA's 2022 Opening General Session & Keynote with Dina Bailey


With the theme of FORWARD, WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting will focus on the ways museums can be adaptable, FORWARD-thinking institutions, and will be more inclusive and participatory then ever before.

To help set the "key note" of the overall conference experience, WMA's attendees will have the unique opportunitiy to attend the Opening General Session & Keynote with special guest speaker and national thought leader, Dina Bailey, CEO of Mountain Top Vision.

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In 2016, Dina Bailey started Mountain Top Vision – a consulting firm that generates systemic change within organizations so that they can more positively impact their communities and, so, impact the world – to address the growing needs of fundraising and organizational development for small arts + culture organizations. Dina supports organizations as they transform themselves into places that consistently center on inclusion in decision-making and action using a unique approach that combines research in empathy, bias, antiracism, and DEAI with strategies and techniques from the fields of education, anthropology, and transitional justice.

Dina Bailey has over 15 years of experience in formal and informal learning. Since 2008, she has focused on collaborating with museums, cultural organizations, and nonprofits. She has a proven record of fostering organizational growth and strengthening institutional infrastructure while resolving multiple and complex issues. Dina is a national thought leader with extensive experience in developing inclusive solutions in collaboration with volunteers, staff, boards, and stakeholders. She is a recognized trainer, author, and speaker on the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing organizations in transition. A skilled facilitator, Dina has developed exceptional approaches that lead to both a breadth and depth of inclusive action. She has developed tools that increase the likelihood of successfully transitioning from theory to practice.

Dina has served as the Board Chair of Next Generation Men & Women, the Secretary of the American Association for State and Local History, the Chair-Elect of the American Alliance of Museum’s Education Committee, and the Secretary of the Association of African American Museums. As a recognized expert, Dina has consistently presented at professional conferences. Her publications have been required reading for undergraduate and graduate-level education, museum studies, and public history programs.

Her previous positions have included being the Director of Methodology and Practice for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the inaugural Director of Educational Strategies for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Director of Museum Experiences for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and a high school English teacher at Pike High School. Dina holds an undergraduate degree in Middle and Secondary Education, with a concentration in English, from Butler University (Indianapolis, IN); a graduate degree in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex (Brighton, England); and, a graduate certification in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH).

In 2020, Dina Bailey sat down for a conversation with Preservation Long Island – a not-for-profit organization committed to working with Long Islanders to protect, preserve, and celebrate our cultural heritage through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections. Watch the video below to get to know WMA's 2022 Keynote Speaker Dina Bailey.


Getting to Know: Dina Bailey from Preservation Long Island on Vimeo


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