Young and Emerging Museum Professionals

PAG Workshop Series:

Learn, Laugh, Love II
The NEMA Young and Emerging Museum Professionals (YEPs) PAG understands that new and emerging museum professionals have limited budgets to attend workshops, and frequently are unable to miss work for professional development and/or networking events. To break down these barriers faced by those with less than ten years in the field, and those who wish to network with new and emerging professionals, the YEP PAG Chairs have planned a series of workshops that break the mold. Learn, Laugh, Love brings together numerous 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.

LAUGH call to participants:

Do you have three or more years of experience in museums (but, maybe you’re not quite a mid-career professional)?  Do you feel you have lessons that you’ve learned (unfortunately) the hard way that you would like to share with emerging museum professionals?  Do you want to build your resume and help others by being a panelist?  Draft your ‘top ten lessons’ and email them to Kate at by Friday, February 10th.  Panelist will be selected based on their experiences, and what they have to share with others in the field.

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
700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

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!