Leaving the Museum Field

Sarah Erdman, Claudia Ocello, Dawn Estabrooks Salerno, and Marieke Van DammeFeatured40 Comments

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Noted museum bloggers Sarah Erdman, Cabinet of Curiosities, and Marieke Van Damme, Joyful Museums, join Claudia Ocello, President & CEO of Museum Partners Consulting, and Dawn Estabrooks Salerno, Deputy Director for Public Engagement and Operations at the Mystic Museum of Art in this post about why more museum professionals are leaving the field. Sarah Erdman, Museum Blogger, Cabinet of Curiosities … Read More

Workplace Culture – Face the Facts!

Shawn VanDerzielDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, Financial Sustainability3 Comments

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Shawn VanDerziel is the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Field Museum in Chicago.  This is the second in a series we’ll be presenting that discusses the Field Museum’s staff culture and engagement initiative. Are we ready to hear the hard truths from our employees? What workplace dynamics lead our success? What workplace nuances are getting in our way? These … Read More

The Question of Gender: The “Unseen” Problem in Museum Workplaces

Joan BaldwinDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured3 Comments

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Joan Baldwin is Curator of Special Collections at The Hotchkiss School. Why is it important? Because for too long women–and more recently those openly identifying as women–have experienced both hostile and benevolent sexism in the museum workplace. Yes, this is a problem across the board in American workplaces, but for-profit organizations don’t define their mission as all embracing. Shouldn’t museums … Read More

Leadership, and Why You Need a SWOT Analysis (and a Personal Board of Directors)

Greg StevensDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

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Recently, I was poking around on LinkedIn, and found a couple of short posts that caught my attention. One was How to Do a SWOT Analysis on Yourself (and Why You Need One) by speaker, professor, and author Andy Molinsky; the other was Why You (Yes You) Need a Board of Directors by speaker, author, executive and personal coach, and … Read More

10 Things We’ve Learned About Unbiased Hiring Practices at AAM

Katherine McNameeAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

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Last fall, I was a guest presenter in an AAM Webinar on unbiased hiring where I shared some blind screening techniques that we have begun incorporating into our hiring practices at AAM. With several recruitment efforts now concluded, my colleagues and I continue to reflect on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned as we experiment with ways to broaden the … Read More

Workplace Culture – Let’s talk about it!

Shawn VanDerzielAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

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Shawn VanDerziel is the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Field Museum. This is the first in a series we’ll be presenting that discusses the Field Museum’s staff culture and engagement initiative. Last year I attended a great session at the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo on hiring and diversity. One of the panelists spoke about the need to assess … Read More

Meet Arthur Affleck, the Alliance’s New VP of Development

Joseph KlemAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

Arthur Affleck, New VP of Development at AAM

On March 20, AAM welcomed Arthur Affleck as our new vice president of development. Arthur will lead all aspects of the Alliance’s fundraising programs and activities with the primary goal of building a culture of philanthropy in support of the Alliance’s 2016-2020 strategic plan. Before joining us, he has worked more than 30 years in higher education and most recently … Read More