Workplace Confidential: Museum Women Talk Gender Equity

Track
Career Management
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
127 America's Center
Description
In this session, the authors of the forthcoming book, Women|Museums: Lessons from the Workplace, and several of their interviewees and contributors discuss a variety of gender equity issues persistently plaguing the field and offer insights about how women can navigate them based on their own experiences. From micro-aggressions to unconscious bias to toxic workplace environments, we'll explore the implications for women and for a field that prides itself on open and equal public access.

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

Learner Outcome
  1. Participants will gain a better understanding of the current state of the field in terms of gender equity in museums.
  2. Participants will gain insights from the session's presenters about and tactics for navigating workplace bias and micro-aggressions.
  3. Participants will discuss goals for a bias-free workplace and leave the session with strategies for implementation in their own institutions.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Ilene Frank
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Chief Curator
Organization: 
Connecticut Historical Society
Bio
Chief Curator/Director of Collections and Education at the CT Historical Society; made a conscious decision to leave the directorship of a small county historical society to become the #2 at a larger institution in an effort to feed both professional and personal needs. She now brokers communications between her male director and the staff. Frank will share insights about navigating these relationships as the only woman on the leadership team.
Presenter: 
Jessica Phillips
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Bio
Executive Director of Fraunces Tavern Museum (NYC) and Women|Museums book interviewee, will share insights of a working mother with young children and how she dealt (and continues to deal) with family issues with her staff and male board (Fraunces Tavern is owned and operated by the Sons of the Revolution of NYS).
Presenter: 
Joan Baldwin
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Curator-Special Collections - The Hotchkiss School
Bio
Curator, Special Collections, Hotchkiss School and co-author of Women|Museums: Lessons from the Workplace. She is also the co-author of the book Leadership Matters (2013).
Presenter: 
Kaywin Feldman
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President
Organization: 
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Bio
Director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; immediate past chairman of AAM; discussed gender equity in her 2016 AAM keynote; that keynote is the epilogue in Women|Museums: Lessons from the Workplace.
Presenter: 
Wyona Lynch-McWhite
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Vice President
Organization: 
Arts Consulting Group
Bio
Currently Vice President at Arts Consulting Group, specializing in executive search, Lynch-McWhite is the former director of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA, and is a Women|Museums book interviewee. Lynch-McWhite will bring to the conversation the issues around the confluence of gender and race in the museum workplace.