Creating a Culture of Innovation in an Era of Rapid Disruption
May 19, 2019

Venue: The Historic New Orleans Collection
New Orleans, Louisiana

Register now.


Artificial Intelligence. Immigration. Personalization. Representation and Identity. False Information. These are just a few of the forces that our transforming our world and work. Disruption, while destabilizing, offers opportunities for museums to re-envision their mission, purpose and strategies for greater relevancy. Equally important is to take cues from other sectors that have experienced disruption and how they succeeded—or not—to shape a future that is sustainable, inclusive, and whole.   

The 2019 CEO Summit provides an examination of some emergent forces of disruption that are sparking radical change, lessons learned from disruption in other sectors and implications for the museum field, promising new museum models, and organizational attributes that nurture and sustain a culture of innovation and experimentation.


Invitations are non-transferable and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited to the first 50 registrants. Registration to the CEO Summit also includes full registration to the 2019 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. Please register by March 4, 2019.


  • Alberto Ibargüen, president, CEO and a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Lisa PhillipsToby Devan Lewis Director, New Museum


The summit will help CEOs and directors to:

  • Explore some disruptive environmental forces that will impact the museum sector and attendant opportunities and threats
  • Understand lessons learned from disruption in the media industry and its relevance to the museum sector
  • Identify some techniques to inform strategy development in your museum
  • Learn the key attributes that contribute to a culture of innovation and experimentation
  • Gain insight into how funders think about innovation and the cultural arts

Generously supported by


Alberto Ibargüen is president of the Knight Foundation, which focuses on journalism and community engagement. During his time at Knight, the foundation has grown into a major funder of the arts in America, with an evolving focus on the uses of technology in the creation and presentation of arts and culture, and in the engagement of audiences. Previously, he was publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, studied at Wesleyan University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela’s Amazon Territory and in Colombia. He practiced law in Hartford, Connecticut until he joined The Hartford Courant, then Newsday in New York before moving to Miami. He has chaired the boards of PBS, the Newseum and the Web Foundation (founded by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee). Over time, he has served on the boards of arts, education, and journalism organizations, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Wesleyan University, Museo del Barrio and was a member of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lisa Phillips is the Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum, and has been director since 1999.  During her tenure, she has quadrupled the size of the museum, staff, budget, attendance, and board transforming the museum into a critically acclaimed, leading international cultural destination. She conceived and realized the museum’s first dedicated building, which opened in New York City in 2007, designed by leading architects SAANA who went on to win the Pritzker Prize. The museum quickly became a catalyst for the transformation of the Bowery neighborhood, and inspired Phillips to found IDEAS CITY (2011), an international program exploring the future of cities with culture as a driving force, as well as NEW INC (2014), the first museum-led incubator for art, technology, and design. She is currently leading a second expansion, with a building by OMA/Rem Koolhaas which will double the museum’s size. Phillips has authored over thirty publications, has lectured extensively around the world, and has served as a visiting critic at Yale University. She was named a “Top 40 New Yorker” by New York Magazine as well as a “top 100 Business Women of the Year” by Crain’s, and Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” and was recently profiled in the New York Times.


The registration fee is $575 until March 4 and includes:

  • CEO Summit registration
  • AAM Annual Meeting registration   
  • Continental breakfast and luncheon
  • A CEO/Director Reception on Monday, May 20

Register now.


Sunday, May 19               

8:15-8:45 a.m.                    Check-in, coffee and conversation

8:45-9:15 a.m.                    Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15-9:45 a.m.                    Lisa Phillips & Alberto Ibargüen in Conversation

9:45-10:15 a.m.                  Q&A with Presenters

10:15-10:30 a.m.                Break

10:30-11:30 a.m.                Facilitated Conversation with Peers

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.             Reporting Out & Next Steps

12:00-1:30 p.m.                 Luncheon


The CEO Summit on May 19 will be held at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street.  The Historic New Orleans Collection is located in the French Quarter and within walking distance from most hotels in the AAM annual meeting housing block. Transportation to the museum is at your own discretion.