F*#L: The Other Four-Letter Word

Track
Career Management
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
130 America's Center
Description
In this session, four museum professionals will face their failures and encourage you to do the same. Instead of extolling failure's virtues, they will confront the significant impact it can have on the individual, the institution, the community served, and the museum sector writ large. They will also explore how failure can be particularly challenging for smaller, less established, institutions, ultimately proposing how we might change this inequity.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

Learner Outcome
  1. Participants will understand how failure affects certain institutions and individuals more profoundly, widening the gap in equity and inclusion.
  2. Participants will understand that a reluctance to discuss personal and institutional failure stunts our sector.
  3. Participants will recognize that transparency about failure builds public trust and ensures professional accountability.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Brian Carter
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Heritage Lead
Organization: 
4Culture
Bio
As Heritage Lead at 4Culture, in Seattle, Brian Carter oversees all heritage funding programs, working with regional organizations, specialists, and community members to bring our shared history to life. Prior to this position, Brian served as Director of Interpretation at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture; Museum Director at the Oregon Historical Society; and was a founding staff member of the Northwest African American Museum.
Presenter: 
Helen Divjak
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Interpretive Planner
Organization: 
Thinc Design
Bio
Helen Divjak has over a decade of experience working with museums in the US and the UK. She specializes in community engagement, adult learning, and the interpretation of historic collections and sites, and is a passionate advocate for world heritage and the arts. Helen has studied and taught with the University of Washington's Museology Department and holds a MA in European History. She currently lives in Brooklyn.
Presenter: 
Marion McGee
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Program Specialist
Organization: 
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Bio
Marion McGee is a Program Specialist at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she oversees the design, implementation and evaluation of the Museum's key initiatives, programs and partnerships. Marion previously served as the Executive Director of the John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture in Tallahassee, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership & Change from Antioch University.
Presenter: 
Tara McCauley
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Education
Organization: 
Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture
Bio
Tara McCauley is museum educator who believes in the power of curiosity. She is the Director of Education at Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, and an instructor at the University of Washington. She also served as the Education & Youth Programs Manager at the Museum of History & Industry and Education Curator at the White River Valley Museum. She holds an MEd in Museum Education from the University of British Columbia.