Straight Talk: What DO Directors Want from Development?

Track
Museum Directors
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
229 America's Center
Description
The relationship between a director and their development staff has tremendous financial implications for an institution. There continues to be significant turnover among museum chief development officers, often due to misaligned expectations and priorities, especially as new development directors are hired from outside the museum field and junior staff are promoted without experience working with directors and boards. This moderated conversation will be an opportunity to hear from directors about their expectations and needs from development, what works and what doesn't, and their vision for a successful development program.
Learner Outcome
  1. Both development/membership staff and directors will gain practical, immediately applicable advice through this conversation and extended Q&A session.
  2. Junior development/membership staff will better understand directors' expectations and ultimately be more successful over the course of their careers.
  3. Curatorial/program staff aspiring to directorships or senior positions will better understand the relationship between directors and development.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Andrew Walker
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Bio
Andrew J. Walker, Ph.D is Director, Amon Carter Museum of American Art. 26-year museum career. Former roles with Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, and Art Institute of Chicago. Undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College; Ph.D. in art history from University of Pennsylvania. Held Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship and Jacob Javits Fellowship with the United States Department of Education.
Presenter: 
Carl Hamm
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Deputy Director, Development & External Affairs
Organization: 
Saint Louis Art Museum
Bio
Carl G. Hamm, CFRE is Deputy Director, Development/External Affairs, Saint Louis Art Museum. 25+ years nonprofit experience, including 2 art museums, a museum of science & history & multiple performing arts organizations. Past chair of DAM & AAM's SPC Council & AMDA president. Spoken on American system of philanthropy for Arts Council of England, at AFP International, DMA NonProfit Day, a national PBS conference, and numerous AAM annual meetings.
Presenter: 
Frances Levine
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
President
Organization: 
Missouri History Museum
Bio
Dr. Frances Levine is President & CEO of the Missouri Historical Society and Missouri History Museum; former director of New Mexico History Museum. B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; M.A. & Ph.D. in Anthropology, Southern Methodist University. Accomplished author and educator on American Southwest. Getty Museum Leadership Institute grad. AAM accreditation evaluator for museums in US and Mexico. Local Host Committee Chair for AAM 2017 in STL.
Presenter: 
William Harris
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
President and CEO
Organization: 
Space Center Houston
Bio
William T. Harris is President & CEO, Space Center Houston at NASA Johnson Space Center. 30 years of nonprofit leadership with senior positions at the California Science Center Foundation; the University of California, Los Angeles; the RAND/UCLA Center for Soviet Studies; AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts; and the Boston University School of Medicine. Vice Chair of AAM board; co-chair of ASTC Development Committee. BS from Tufts University.