Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo

Peer Mentoring Roundtables for Emerging and Mid-Career Professionals

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

Getting Started in Your Career
Table 1: Creating a Career Plan as an Emerging Professional

Susan Rosenberg, Director, M.A. Program in Museum Administration, Associate Professor of Art History, St. John’s University, Queens, NY

Table 2: Getting That First Job
Katherine Mercier, Conference Committee Co-Chair, National Emerging Museum Professionals Network

Table 3: How to Complete a Higher Degree while Working Full-time in a Museum
Rosanna Flouty, Museum Educator/Professor, New York University, New York, NY

Table 4: Interviewing: Preparation, Portfolio, and Saying Thank You
Becky Bacheller, Collections Technician, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York, NY

Table 5: Resume Tips for Emerging Professionals
Richard Harker, Education and Outreach Manager, Museum of History & Holocaust Education, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA

On the Job
Table 6: Being Heard and Being Valued as a Mid-level Manager

Rebekah Beaulieu, Associate Director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME

Table 7: Communicating with your Boss
Elisabeth Stone, Director of Education, Spurlock Museum at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Table 8: Do’s and Don’ts of Career Planning
Bill Appleton, Associate, Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc., St. Louis, MO

Table 9: Having or Being a Mentor on the Job
Tim Rhue II, Senior Informal Education Specialist, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD

Table 10: Job Skills of a Curator in the 21st Century
Rob DeHart, Curator, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN

Table 11: Leadership at All Levels
Tomoko Kuta, Deputy Museum Director, The New Children’s Museum, San Diego, CA

Table 12: Self-awareness, Career Planning, and Mentoring as Part of the Leadership Learning Curve
Anne Ackerson, Executive Director, Council of State Archivists, Troy, NY; Joan Baldwin, Curator of Special Collections, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

Table 13: The Opportunities and Challenges of Working in a Small Museum
Lise Dube-Scherr, Executive Director, Driehaus Museum, Chicago, IL

Table 14: What is a Leader?
Alesha Mercado, Mexico City, Mexico

Table 15: Working on Teams
Vicki Wawerchak, Director of Public Programs, Guest Experience, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA

Making your Way (Moving Up, Moving On)
Table 16: Aligning Career and Organizational Goals
Laura Roberts, Principal, Roberts Consulting, Cambridge, MA

Table 17: Bouncing Back after Losing a Job
Claudia Ocello, President & CEO, Museum Partners Consulting, LLC, Maplewood, NJ

Table 18: Jumpstarting your Networking
Jack Ludden, Assistant DIrector, Head of Web & New Media Development, The Getty, Los Angeles, CA

Table 19: Making Contacts
Traci Slacum, Educator, Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern Program Alumni, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica, CA

Table 20: Resume Tips for Mid-Career or Career Changers
Steven Miller, Executive Director, Boscobel Restoration Inc., Garrison, NY

Table 21: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Megan Wood, Director of Museum and Library Services, Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH

Table 22: Getting Started in Consulting
Kate Livingston, Founder & Principal, ExposeYourMuseum LLC, Detroit, MI

Table 23: So, you Want to be a Director?
Dawn Salerno, Deputy Director for Public Engagement and Operations, Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT

ROUND 2: 12:45-1:15 p.m.

Getting Started in Your Career
Table 1: Balancing Museum and Non-Museum Work
Deirdre Araujo, Manager Volunteer Services, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

Table 2: Grappling with Finances and Grad School
Chloe Sherpe, Associate Curator, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

Table 3: Hopes and Concerns about Starting a New Museum Job
Heidi Lung, Lecturer, Museum Studies, University of Iowa, Anthropology, Iowa City, IA

Table 4: Selling yourself in an Interview
Jina Lee, Museum Research & Program Specialist, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, Washington, DC

Table 5: Should You go to Grad School?
Denise Alexander, Chief of Museums and External Programs, Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston, TX

Table 6: Tricks of the Trade: Getting a Job in the Public Sector
David Blackburn, Site Director, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Elverson, PA

On the Job
Table 7: Building Cultural Competency and Positive Equity Conversation

Whitney Welsh, Community Engagement Manager, Portland Children’s Museum, Portland, OR

Table 8: Diversifying your Skill Set for Various Museum Roles
C. Cali Martin, Collections Manager, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

Table 9: Gender Issues in Museums
Marjorie Schwarzer, Professor, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Table 10: Identifying Community Partnerships in a Small Museum
Amy Durbin, Director of Education & Visitor Experience, New Haven Museum, New Haven, CT

Table 11: Leadership Stories, Leadership Disasters
Barbara Elfman, Executive Director, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Chestnut Hill, MA

Table 12: Leaders Finding Solutions, Building Trust, Empowering People
Tina Menendez, Vice President of Education, HistoryMiami Museum, Miami, FL

Table 13: Managing Up, Managing Down
Natalia Hurley, Assistant Manager, Administration, Guest Experience, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA

Table 14: Mission Locked: Clash Between Professional Ideals and Institutional Missions
Michael Madeja, Museum Education Coordinator, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA

Table 15: Supervising and Managing Emerging Professionals
Jen Maxcy, Head of Family Programs and Community Engagement, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

Table 16: Why Do you Want to Lead?
Tim Hallman, Director of Communications & Business Development, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Making your Way (Moving Up, Moving On)
Table 17: Alternate Academic Careers within the Museum Field

Suanna Crowley, Manager, Outreach & Development, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Boston, MA

Table 18: Building your Networking Skills
Nancy Harmon, Chief Curatorial Officer, Encurate, Chicago, IL

Table 19: Making a Personal Career Plan
Alexandra Krueger, Manager of Museum Afffairs, New-York Historical Society, New York, NY

Table 20: The Power of Professional Engagement
Anthony Pennay, Chief Learning Officer, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute, Simi Valley, CA

Table 21: Resume Tips for Mid-Career or Career Changers
Michelle Kenner, Association Services Programs Specialist, Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), Washington, DC

Table 22: GenXers and the Next Professional Pursuit
Tara Young, Deputy Director, Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA

Table 23: So, You Want to be a Consultant?
Carol Bossert, Consultant, Carol Bossert Services, Rockville, MD

Table 24: Unusual Stops on your Career Path?
Jennifer Lawrence, Senior Exhibit Writer/Researcher, California Science Center, Los Angeles