Program Schedule


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Tuesday – June 1, 2021

Pre-Summit Workshop

Healthy Leader Identity – Integrating Leader And Racial Identities
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Amber Kea-Edwards, Ph.D. Candidate, Claremont Graduate University

This pre-Summit workshop is limited to 25 emerging to mid-level museum professionals (with 0-10 years of management experience) who identify as BIPOC. 

Separate Registration Ticket Required (on Eventbrite).

Race specific leader development acknowledges, supports, and integrates the unique qualities of racial minorities with the qualities of effective leadership. In this workshop, BIPOC museum professionals are encouraged to embrace their racial/cultural identity as a tool for positive and inclusive leadership. Developed by LeAD Labs, this workshop facilitates self-reflection-based activities and grouplevel discussions. Participants will explore their implicit thoughts about leadership, their racial identity, and pivotal events across the lifespan that contribute to current ideas of effective leadership. During the 2-hour session, participants will explore their internal thoughts by crafting images, outlining lifespan timelines, and engaging in guided discussions related to cultural norms, and leadership.  

Specifically, you will: 

  • Develop a stronger leader identity; 
  • Develop a more positive racial identity; 
  • Integrate a positive racial identity with a leader identity; 
  • Successfully navigate negative race-related events; and 
  • Develop a personalized self-development plan. 

You will leave the workshop equipped with knowledge and tools to develop a healthy and personalized leader identity. This is an interactive, hands-on workshop. Please come prepared with some sheets of paper/journal and pens/pencils for writing.

Day One: Wednesday – June 2, 2021

8:15 am 
Toni GuglielmoDirector, Museum Leadership Institute

Toni Guglielmo welcomes everyone to IDEA Summit 2021.

Opening Keynote: View Recording
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Lisa Sasaki, Interim Director, Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum

Mentors are the ones who tell us not just the things we want to hear but also the hard truths that we need to hear. Join Lisa Sasaki, the Interim Director of the new Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum and the Director of Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, as she talks about her leadership journey, and the sometimes difficult wisdom she received from her mentors along the way. Sasaki will also share advice from her chapter entitled, “Dear White Colleague: Thoughts on Inclusive Museum Leadership from a Colleague of Color” in the forthcoming book The Inclusive Museum Leader (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) on how we can all work on being more inclusive leaders, no matter where we are on our career path.

Session 1: View Recording
9:45 am – 11:45 am
Carrie Kish,
Senior Partner and CEO, CultureSync

High performing teams understand differences, create opportunities for collaboration, and leverage the wide variety of strengths they have available.  This session offers three frameworks to explore strengths, preferences, style, and approach while building an increased understanding of collective identities.   

In this session, you will: 

  • Learn a model for understanding collective identities; 
  • Explore the differences between management and leadership; 
  • Learn when and what to manage and when and what to lead; 
  • Take a short leadership assessment to increase your strategic selfawareness;
  • Observe the strengths and challenges of your leadership style; and 
  • Get tips for using the full power of your team. 

Prior to the session, please take 10 minutes to read and complete the Leadership Style Assessment to identify your style.

If you would like to print the Collective Identities Worksheet, it may be useful to you during the session.  If you don’t have access to a printer, you may want to have a blank sheet of paper available to make some notes on.

Break 11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Session 2: View Recording
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Moderator: Ben Garcia,
Deputy Director and Chief Learning Officer, Ohio History Connection

During this panel, cultural leaders will reflect on challenges and opportunities around what they have learned from their own experiences as change agents in the field. Discussion topics include pathways to leadership and personal empowerment, being a change agent, advocacy and policy, putting DEAI values into action, and post-pandemic transformations for the cultural sector.


Ben Garcia, Deputy Director and Chief Learning Officer, Ohio History Connection

  • Edgar Garcia, Assistant General Manager, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, City of Los Angeles
  • Maria Jenson, Creative & Executive DirectorSOMARTS Cultural Center
  • Solimar Salas, Vice President of Museum Content & Programming, Museum of Latin American Art

Headshot of Solimar Salas

Session 3: View Slides
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Jessica Diaz,
Ph.D. Candidate, Claremont Graduate University

Recently, organizations across the globe have doubled down on their commitment to eradicate racism. However, many still lack the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make meaningful and long-term change. This workshop focuses on the role psychological safety plays in building an equitable and inclusive workplaceDefined as the feeling that a team or organization is safe for interpersonal risk taking, research suggests psychological safety is a key ingredient in ensuring both inclusive workplaces and successful DEI initiatives.  

In this session, you will:  

  • Discuss how subtle racism manifests in our organizations; 
  • Define psychological safety and its role in workplace equity;
  • Describe what limits psychological safety for employees of color;
  • Acquire strategies and tools for increasing psychological safety for employees of color; 
  • Explain the role of psychological safety in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work; and  
  • Examine ways of promoting psychological safety during DEI work. 

Networking Event
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Moderator: Melody Kanschat, Professor of Practice, Claremont Graduate University 

Thnetworking event will include social break-out rooms led by IDEA Summit facilitators. This time is an opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer learning and share out reflections. The discussion will include an overview of the conference and connecting themes. The themes will be based on attendees’ thoughts on conference sessions, gathered from the Google Jamboard throughout the day

Moderator: Melody Kanschat

  • Makeba Dixon-Hill, Interim Director, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
  • Victoria Gerard, Vice President of Programs & Collections, Bowers Museum
  • Tim Hallman, Director of Communications and Business Development, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Marisol Rojas Jara, Manager of Public Programs, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Andrea Kim Neighbors, Manager of Education Initiatives, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Toni Guglielmo, Director, Museum Leadership Institute

Toni Guglielmo closes the first day of the IDEA Summit 2021.

Day Two: Thursday – June 3, 2021

8:15 am
Toni Guglielmo, Director, Museum Leadership Institute

Toni Guglielmo welcomes everyone to IDEA Summit 2021.

Session 4: View Recording
8:30 am – 9:45 am
Katherine Skinner,
Executive Director, Educopia Institute

Katherine Skinner

Leadership is not an organizational role or title; it is a mental state that anyone can choose to use and occupy. The Nexus program encourages and enables individuals at every level of career and organizational rank to intentionally build their own lifelong learning trajectory. In this session, you will receive an overview of the Nexus “Layers of Leadership” tools, developed in partnership by Educopia Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership, and more than 35 museum, library, and archives associations and representatives.

After this session, you will:

  • Know how to use the Nexus tools to gauge the leadership competencies at different stages of your work and career;
  • Understand how to build your own lifelong learning trajectory for leadership and;
  • Know how to help others identify the leadership skills and resources that will help them to build those skills.

For your reference, please browse the Nexus LAB: Layers of Leadership framework prior to the session.

Session 5: View Slides
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mike Murawski, Consultant and Author

This 2-hour participatory workshop will explore our own individual roles as changemakers and how we can effectively bring this mindset of change into our institutions. This workshop will include moments of reflective practice as well as small group breakout discussions, and participants will receive a downloadable workbook with exercises designed to support your practice as you work to make change happen. 

During the workshop, you will:  

  • Examine your own internal barriers to change;  
  • Challenge assumptions about organizational structure and hierarchy; and 
  • Develop strategies we can enact to become changemakers and engage these practices as an institutional level.

Break 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Session 6: View Recording
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Dana Mitroff Silvers,
Founder and Director, Designing Insights

In this interactive, two-hour session, we will explore tools and methods from the design thinking framework. Also referred to as human-centered design, design thinking is a process for problem-solving, creativity, and innovation for solving complex challenges. It involves developing empathy for and deep understanding of the needs of end users (whether these are visitors, audience members, guests, customers, staff, or trustees), discovering opportunities, generating user-centered solutions, and building and iterating with prototypes. In a post-COVID world, design thinking offers museum professionals the tools and methods for identifying human needs, cultivating socially responsive and engaging institutions, and developing relevant and meaningful experiences, services and products.

In this session, you will: 

  • Understand the process and mindsets of design thinking and how it can be applied in museum work;
  • Engage in collaborative and creative activities with peers in order to explore solutions to a design challenge; and 
  • Explore: Following this Summit, how might we take positive actions to foster inclusive museum leadership?

Closing Keynote: View Recording
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Melanie A. Adams, Director, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

What does mentoring look like to you?  Before entering the workforce, closing keynote speaker, Melanie Adams held an antiquated idea of mentors and their role in one’s professional life. Mostly based on popular culture, Adams was surprised to learn that she did not find or interact with mentors in the traditional ways she saw on TV or in movies.  Instead, Adams found mentoring, and more importantly, learning, in ways that better fit her cultural and gender identify, communication style, and most importantly, her professional and personal goals. This closing keynote will encourage you to find your own personal mentorship style and search out the people that will help you along your life’s journey.