Advanced Leadership Institute: Building a More Diverse & Inclusive Board

Join Our Inaugural Leadership Institute Cohort

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Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM (EST) to Friday, January 15, 2021 at 3:00 PM (EST)
Virginia Museum of History and Culture
428 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220-3307
United States
* Registration open until 2/17/20 at 11:59 AM ()EST)

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VAM Advanced Leadership Institute: Building a More Diverse & Inclusive Board

Join this year-long leadership cohort to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to transform your organization to become a more inclusive community. Through in-person and online meetings, you'll gain resources and insights to create an action plan specific to your institution while building supportive partnerships among your colleagues in the field.
The Advanced Leadership Series is designed for participants to receive training that leads to creation and initial implementation of an action plan to improve diversity and inclusion in the leadership of their organization. Designed for museum leadership, this multi-day series is open to directors, board members, senior staff and others in leadership positions. Museum leaders are strongly encouraged to invite board members to join them and discounted rates are offered to encourage participation. Board members from all-volunteer organizations are welcome. 

Join us for the following sessions: (you will be expected to attend all sessions)
Session #1: Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Board 
Friday, February 21, 2020; 10:00am - 3:00pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture; Richmond, Virginia
This initial meeting will focus on diversity and inclusion, with an emphasis on how to create board diversity and the action planning process. Templates and resources will be provided so participants can develop and implement action plans specific to their own institutions. *Includes Lunch
Session #2: Discussion of Action Plans and Next Steps
Friday, May 15, 2020; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Online Meeting
Participants will share their action plans during the second gathering of the cohort during an online session with the presenter. We will share our experiences and discuss our progress to date including challenges and successes with opportunities to gather feedback provided by the presenter. We will also discuss implementation of the plans and how to create buy-in from board members, staff, and organizational stakeholders.
Session #3: Sharing Progress and Challenges
Monday, September 21, 2020; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture; Richmond, Virginia
Presented by VAM Staff, this is an informal check-in allowing participants to share their progress with fellow classmates, and talk about challenges being faced along the way.
Session #4: Celebrating Action Plan Implementation
Friday, January 15, 2021; 10:00am - 3:00pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture; Richmond, Virginia
We'll celebrate our year's journey of organizational transformation at our final meeting. We'll discuss lessons learned from implementing our action plans, discuss any issues or challenges in the expereince, and receive feedback from the presenter and fellow cohort members. The session will also cover how to assess the success of the action plan and how to sustain it long-term.  *Includes Lunch


Virginia Certificate in Museum Management

The Advanced Leadership Institute provides:

  • 1 credit Internal Affairs
  • 1 credit Career Development


“To make real and lasting change, work needs to be done at the top where the tone and priorities for each museum are established…Museum trustees and leaders can and must do more.” – Laura Lott, president and CEO of the American Alliance for Museums


Institute Facilitators:

We are honored to work with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities in the presentation of our inaugural Advanced Leadership Instititute.

The Institute will be led by Charm Bullard, Director of Programs at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). Ms. Bullard may be joined by additional VCIC staff members: Jacquie Johnson, Professional Development Coordinator or Nelson Reveley, Outreach Programs Coordinator.

In her role, Ms. Bullard designs and facilitates educational programs on diversity and inclusion for middle schools, high schools, colleges, workplaces, and community groups. Charm particularly specializes in VCIC’s higher education, workplace, and community programming and has conducted over 300 workshops across the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is particularly known for her warmth and humor as a facilitator, and her passion for encouraging and supporting diversity and inclusion. Ms. Bullard received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Lander University and her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia.

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) traces its roots back to 1935 in Virginia. With a lengthy and rich history, it has been destined to change with the times, even as it works to change the times in which we live. Originally founded as the Virginia Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has concluded its association with NCCJ and has joined with many of its fellow offices across the country to become the cornerstone of a new movement fighting prejudice in all its forms



The Diversity & Inclusion Series is Generously Supported by:

Virginia Museum of History & Culture

VAM's Advising Members Panel

Douglas Harvey Museum Services