Informal Dinner Discussion at NEMA

Shameless plug time! If you’re headed to NEMA, and you’re a Young or Emerging Professional, I have a suggestion for you. On Thursday night, if you don’t feel moved to purchase a ticket to go to a museum event (and they can be pricey, especially on a student budget!) come hang out at the Bluebird Restaurant in Burlington. It’s going to be great. I’m not just saying that because as a co-chair of the NEMA YEPs, I’m co-hosting this event along with Kate Laurel Burgess-McIntosh of Revitalizing Historic Sites Through Contemporary Art. Here are the details:

Push the Envelope, Break the Mold, Climb Out of the Box: Set Yourself Apart for Success 

Evening Dinner and Discussion: Thursday, November 8, Bluebird Restaurant

Open to all museum professionals at all levels;
recommended especially for Young and Emerging Museum Professionals

Especially designed for those who are seeking creative ways to approach job searching and networking, this open forum dialogue will provide opportunities for participants to brainstorm and discuss ways to set themselves apart in an increasingly challenging field. Talk to professionals with all levels of experience—be it fellow job seekers, those with more experience in the field, students, consultants, and more—and learn ways to highlight your skills, create a career plan and goals, and emphasize your unique qualities when applying for positions, interviewing, climbing up the ladder, and, ultimately, setting yourself apart.

YEP Book Club & Networking

Heads up – the NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals and the Greater Boston Museum Educators Roundtable are teaming up to present a great night of discussion and networking at the DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum.

Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable and the New England Museum Association Young and Emerging Museum Professionals bring you a discussion and question and answer session with John Falk, author of “Identity and the Museum Visitor Experience”.

Mr Falk will be joining the book club via Skype.

Join us for networking from 4:00pm-6:00pm and for Book Club with John Falk from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Please RSVP to both/either event by emailing Emily Silet at esilet@decordova.org

Interested in carpooling to the event? The New England Museum Association is helping to arrange carpooling to the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park for the event. Please contact Leslie Howard at leslie.howard@nemanet.org if you are interested in carpooling. Please be mindful that NEMA cannot guarantee carpool arrangements.

Upcoming NEMA Workshops

Just in case you aren’t on the NEMA mailing list, here’s a review of upcoming workshops by Dan Yaeger, Executive Director of NEMA:

On Saturday, May 19, I will be personally leading a workshop called “Your Best Foot Forward: Personal Skills for Professional Success” at the Concord Museum. Designed especially for emerging museum professionals, the workshop draws on insights that my colleagues and I have gained from our own museum careers.

 

We’ll talk about things like personal branding, elevator speeches, getting organized, remembering people’s names, emotional intelligence, and other habits that lead to great leadership. Joining me will be Dan Verrico, a sales and marketing professional with more than 30 years experience, social media guru Erica Holthausen of Honest Marketing Revolution, and Leslie Howard and Kate Laurel Burgess Mac Intosh, co-leaders of NEMA’s YEP program. I hope you’ll join me too!

 

On Monday, May 21, we host “Do-It-Yourself Techie Tools for Museums” at Plimoth Plantation. Leading the session will be Carrie Midura from the Andover Historical Society and Rob Pyles, CEO of Toursphere, a cutting-edge mobile app and web development company.

 

On Friday, May 25, head to Hartford for “Management Skills for Non-Managers,” led by Michael Flinton, known for his contributions to the museum field as Assistant Professor of Museum Administration and Management at the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Michael will give you a solid foundation in things like human capital management, functional team building, problem solving, and building organizational support.

 

Finally, on Monday, July 9, I’m back in the picture again with “Banish the Boring: Developing Effective Presentations” at the Seacoast Science Center with the SSC’s CEO, the inimitable Wendy Lull. Wendy and I will share everything we know about public speaking, perhaps the most essential skill for professional advancement. If you’re presenting at the November NEMA Conference, you can attend the workshop for 50% off.

NEMA YEP Workshop: LAUGH: From the Trenches – 10 Things I Wish I Had Not Learned the Hard Way

Today is the last day to register for the NEMA YEP workshop “LAUGH: From the Trenches – 10 Things I Wish I Had Not Learned the Hard Way.”

Here’s the description:

Thursday, April 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, http://maps.bpl.org/
Register at: http://nemanet.org/workshops/12YEP.htm

The wisdom of crowds is great, but how about learning from individuals who learned the hard way? This workshop will bring together a group of more experienced young and emerging museum professionals who will share the biggest lessons they have learned on the job thus far. Each panelist will cover ten lessons they have learned the hard way, from how to approach new problems, to discussing issues with Directors, how to work with difficult Board members and more. Ample time will be provided to ask these not-quite emerging, not-quite mid-career professions questions you have about the field. Amusement and laughter are also on the agenda, as learned lessons, despite the pain they may have brought on at the time, are entertaining in retrospect!

LAUGH Speakers:
Stacey Fraser-deHaan, House Manager, Wentworth-Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses Association,
Museum Educator, Ipswich Museum, and Program Coordinator, Haverhill Historical Society/Buttonwood Museums

Zerah Jakub, Visitor Services and Program Assistant, Old South Meeting House, and Graduate Student, Museum Studies, John Hopkins University

Amanda Kay Gustin, Researcher, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, and Graduate Student, History and Museum Studies, Tufts University

Melissa Higgins, Program Manager, Museum of Science

Phillippa Pitts, Gallery Instructor, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Web Content Specialist, The Mary Baker Eddy Library

Meg Winikates, Art & Nature Program Specialist, Peabody Essex Museum

Reasons you should sign up:

  • -it promises to be a ton of fun
  •  the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is brand spanking new and by all accounts, gorgeous
  • – who doesn’t want to hear about other people’s ridiculous mistakes and learn from them?
  • – your friendly neighborhood blog editor is speaking

Learn, Laugh, Love, Part II: A Series of Mini Workshops with Maximum Impact

From NEMA:

Learn, Laugh, Love: Part II
A Series of Mini-Workshops with Maximum Impact     

Learn, Laugh, Love brings together individuals from various professional positions and levels of seniority, both of local and national stature, to encourage those who are just entering the field, especially career changers, students, and those who are seeking to further their current position, in three informal learning situations, where networking at peer to peer and peer to mentor level are key components.
Each workshop includes light refreshments and is $15 for NEMA Members,

$25 for Non-Members. Members can register for all three workshops for only $40, a savings of $5!

The registration deadline is one week prior to each workshop.

Space is limited! Register early!

LEARN: To Museum Studies or not to Museum Studies? Considering Grad
Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Chestnut Hill, MA
Registration Deadline: March 22
Is it time to consider a graduate degree? Interested in the museum studies, but not sure what the degree will cover, and if it is the right fit? This topic, in some ways controversial, has gained steam lately, with the January/February 2012 American Association of Museums’ Museum magazine tackling the topic in two articles, and with countless blogs following suit in support, defense, or defiance of museum studies programs. Join a panel of professors, teaching assistants, thesis directors, and alumni from museum studies and related programs throughout New England as we contemplate the validity of such programs, the respect given (or not given) to graduates, the weight of academic degrees when seeking employment, and the implications of museum studies on the museum field.

Register Now

There will be a networking event after the workshop:
CitySide
1928-1960 Beacon Street
Brighton, MA 02135
RSVP here for just the networking event
LAUGH: From the Trenches: 10 Things I Wish I Had Not Learned the Hard Way
Thursday, April 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
Registration Deadline: April 5
The wisdom of crowds is great, but how about learning from individuals who learned the hard way? This workshop will bring together a group of more experienced young and emerging museum professionals who will share the biggest lessons they have learned on the job thus far. Each panelist will cover ten lessons they have learned the hard way, from how to approach new problems, to discussing issues with directors, how to work with difficult board members and more. Ample time will be provided to ask these not-quite emerging, not-quite mid-career professions questions you have about the field. Amusement and laughter are also on the agenda, as learned lessons, despite the pain they may have brought on at the time, are entertaining in retrospect!

Register Now

There will be a networking event after the workshop:
Connexion Lounge
Copley Place
110 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116
RSVP here for just the networking event

 

LOVE: I Love My Job, But… Raises, Transitioning, and Advocating for More Responsibility
Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Tufts University Art Gallery at the Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, MA
Registration Deadline: April 19
Feeling like you will never move beyond an entry level position? Not sure how to move from part-time, hourly positions, to salaried positions with benefits offered? How do you gain experience to move up the ladder? How do you escape the perpetual loop of needing the experience to get the job but need the job to get the experience? What can you learn from the findings of the 2010/2011 NEMA Salary and Benefits Survey and how can it help you when seeking a raise or a new position? Panelists will provide tips on self-branding, advocating for better positions and more responsibility, and discussing raises with your supervisors and directors.

Register Now

There will be a networking event after the workshop:
Orleans Bar and Restaurant
65 Holland Street
Somerville, MA 02144
RSVP here for just the networking event