Description:  The South Carolina Federation of Museums is pleased to announce the forthcoming workshop Leadership Training for Museum Professionals. Museum employees at all levels are in need of critical skills in management and leadership. Most staffs in museums have not had the formal or informal training needed to be effective contributors to the management of their organizations. Leadership is not exclusively a skill required of senior staff members. Workshop participants will learn through lecture, role playing, and self-assessment techniques to improve their contributions to maintaining high standards and meeting the museum’s mission. Topics covered will include project management, supervision, strategic planning, decision-making, managing change and current trends in museum leadership. Handouts will be provided.

 Featured Speaker:  The workshop will be lead by Martha Morris, Assistant Director and Associate Professor of Museum Studies at George Washington University (GWU). Professor Morris has worked in museums for over 35 years and offers a number of courses at GWU that focus on building management and leadership skills. She is retired from the Smithsonian Institution where she held the position of Deputy Director of the National Museum of American History. Professor Morris’s expertise is in museum management with an emphasis on strategic planning, project management, teambuilding, and leadership issues. She has lectured widely on museum planning and actively serves as a peer reviewer for AAM. She has published articles on collections management, organization change, exhibition development, and building projects. In 2009, Professor Morris co-authored the book, Planning Successful Museum Building Projects.  She served on the Board of the Mid Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) and chair of the annual Building Museums conference.                        

This workshop is made possible in part by the Dan Silosky Award from the Southeastern Registrars Association (SERA)


When: Wednesday, May 11, 2011              9:00am-4pm  Where:  The Charleston Museum 360 Meeting Street  Charleston, South Carolina  29403

Cost: $55 for SCFM members, $75 for non-members (includes SCFM membership) *Registration fee includes lunch*

PLEASE REGISTER BY APRIL 29, 2011 (space is limited to 25 attendees)

  Registration information and forms available at 

Need financial assistance to attend this workshop??? Consider applying for the George D. Terry Professional Development Fellowship!! 

 Questions?? Contact: Zinnia Willits Director of Collections Administration Gibbes Museum of Art 135 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401 email:  direct: 843.722.2706 ext. 32


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