Program Schedule


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Tuesday – June 21, 2022

Pre-Summit Workshop

Healthy Leader Identity – Integrating Leader And Racial Identities
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Amber Kea-Edwards, PhD Candidate, Claremont Graduate University

This pre-Summit workshop is limited to 30 emerging to mid-level museum professionals (with 2-15 years of management experience) who identify as BIPOC. Amber Kea-Edwards

Separate Registration Ticket Required (on Eventbrite).

In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore our implicit thoughts of leadership, racial identity, and pivotal events across the lifespan that contribute to current ideas of effective leadership. We will do so by crafting images, outlining lifespan timelines, and engaging in guided discussions related to cultural norms and leadership. We will start by unpacking their ideas of effective leadership and self-assessing their own leader identity through a series of engaging reflection exercises. We will then learn how the various interacting identities we hold inform our behavior and motivations, focusing specifically on when our racial and leader identities converge or conflict. Finally, we will focus on identifying the race-related events and stressors we face in the workplace and how we might use our positive racial identity in concert with our leader identity to buffer their impact. Ultimately, we hope this workshop will help narrow the representation gap in formal positions of leadership by helping racial minority leaders find strength through the integration of their racial and leader identities.

By the end of the workshop we will:

  • Develop a stronger leader identity;
  • Explore racial identity and other intersecting identities;
  • Understand what it means to have a positive racial identity; and
  • Integrate a holistic approach to managing leader identity. 

We 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 22, 2022

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

Toni Guglielmo welcomes everyone to IDEA Summit 2022.

Opening Keynote: View Recording
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Damon Reaves, Head of Education, National Gallery of Art

Traditionally museums have been comfortable claiming a position of authority, embracing the idea that we have assembled the greatest objects and scholars under one roof. But can museums truly claim to be a voice of authority when, historically, our institutions have lacked input and representation from diverse perspectives? As the world around us changes, our communities are looking for cultural engagement with greater relevance to their lived experiences. During his talk, Damon Reaves will explore how surrendering authority and embracing shared expertise within diverse communities can lead to more impactful connections and build greater relevance with our audiences.

Session 1: View Recording
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dana Mitroff Silvers,
Founder and Director, Designing Insights

In this interactive two-hour session, we will focus on our own professional development by exploring ways we can engage with our various museum communities using methods and mindsets from the design thinking framework. 

Design thinking, also referred to as human-centered design, is a creative problem-solving approach that puts the needs of people at the center. It involves developing empathy for and a deep understanding of the needs of people (these can be peers, colleagues, museum visitors, audience members, or others), discovering unmet needs and new opportunities, generating human-centered solutions, and iterating and learning through prototyping.

In this session, you will: 

  • Understand the process and mindsets of design thinking, and how they can be applied in your work as a museum professional;
  • Engage in collaborative and creative activities with peers to co-design solutions focused on professional development; and
  • Explore “How might we foster our professional growth through engaging with communities across/beyond the museum field?”

Break 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Session 2: View Workshop Document & View Recording
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Justin Samortin,
PhD Student, LeAD Labs, Claremont Graduate University

Communities thrive when diverse people understand and support each other. However, a highly diverse community may have a hard time connecting.  To alleviate this challenge, we need leaders that help people feel understood and like they belong. Museum leaders can use conservations as a tool to connect, finding common ground and ways to work together.  In this workshop, you will become a community HERO by learning to build the evidence-based psychological resources of Hope, Efficacy, Resiliency, and Optimism to unite those around you.

By the end of this workshop, you will have a better ability to learn about other people’s values, experiences, and strengths, and find ways to support them. Despite the challenges of highly diverse communities, Community HEROs may help abridge the challenges of uniting communities by creating opportunities to connect with others, one conversation at a time.

Session 3: View Session Handout
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Melody Kanschat, 
Professor of Practice, Claremont Graduate University

Much of our day-to-day work in the museum field is focused on conformity. What will the budget allow? What do other museums do? How did we do it last time? What do our audiences expect? How do best practices drive our work? What must we compromise to reach a common goal?

That day-to-day focus can cause us to lose sight of our institutional values, the impact our museum work can have on its community, and what drives us as vibrant members of society. Without a clear sense of values our communities suffer, our institution’s success is diminished and our own sense of engagement and work satisfaction plummets.

In this panel, museum professionals will share their strategies for identifying and embracing their own values. They will provide examples of strategic actions they have taken in advocacy, intervention, professional responsibility, or leadership to change their communities for the better. In an interactive activity at the end of the session, panelists will guide participants in breakouts that will help us define and prioritize our own personal values.

Moderator: Melody Kanschat

  • Gustavo Herrera, Executive Director, Arts for L.A. 
  • Robert LaFrance, PhD, Director, Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University
  • Keidra Daniels Navaroli, McKnight Doctoral Fellow, University of Central Florida

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Toni Guglielmo, PhD, Director, Museum Leadership Institute

Toni Guglielmo closes the first day of the IDEA Summit 2022.

Day Two: Thursday – June 23, 2022

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

Toni Guglielmo welcomes everyone to IDEA Summit 2022.

Session 4: View Recording
8:30 am – 9:45 am
Moderator: Nile Blunt, PhD, 
 McPherson Director of Academic Programs, Memorial Art Gallery 

This panel explores and critiques the evolving relationship between museums and their communities. Panelists, who are BIPOC leaders representing a variety of museums/arts organizations, will discuss timely questions related to topics such as how museums define “community” and the various frameworks for community engagement employed by a number of organizations. Panelists will also offer insights into their own roles in creating sustainable community partnerships as well as the challenges and opportunities of aligning their own personal/professional values with their institutions’ missions and visions. 

This program encourages participants to reflect on the critical role of promoting DEAI values, leadership development, and professional mentorship in the community engagement space.

  • Sofia Gutierrez, Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement, UCI Langson Institute/Museum of California Art
  • Carlos Ortega, Curator, Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation
  • Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick, Director of Education, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Session 5: View Slides
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Kim Perkins, PhD, Organizational Psychologist and Author

This session explores building trust among communities and individuals, recovering from gaffes or other breaches of trust, and creating remedies that strengthen shared museum communities. 

Specifically, we’ll talk about:

  • Vicarious threat-how stories of distant events affect and polarize us;
  • Well-meaning knee-jerk reactions and how to get to something better;
  • Restorative justice approaches; 
  • Techniques for communicating among folks who mean well but are at different stages of understanding about DEIA issues; and
  • Inspirational examples of trust recovery.

This high-energy, interactive and workshop combines perspectives from positive psychology with role play and coaching on real-world examples. 

Break 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Session 6: View Recording
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Carrie Kish, Senior Partner and CEO, CultureSync 
Carolina Romero-Morgan, Managing Director, 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;
  • Learn about the Intercultural Development Continuum;
  • Use the five stage Dynamic Leadership Model to assess and leverage diversity on a team; and
  • Increase your ability to be a more inclusive leader

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.


  • Carrie Kish, Senior Partner and CEO, CultureSync
  • Carolina Romero-Morgan, Managing Director, CultureSync;

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Toni Guglielmo, PhD, Director, Museum Leadership Institute

Toni Guglielmo closes the 2022 IDEA Summit.