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Advanced Leadership Institute: Building a More Diverse & Inclusive Board

Advanced Leadership Institute: Building a More Diverse & Inclusive Board

Join Our Inaugural Leadership Institute Cohort

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)

Event Details

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 a year of virtual 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; ALL SESSIONS, with the exception of the 2022 conference, will be virtual)

Session #1: Building a More Inclusive and Equitable Board - Pt. 1

This initial session will focus on the concepts of diversity, inclusion and equity, as well as how to create board diversity based on best practices.

December 9, 2020

10:00 am-11:30 am

Session #2: Building a More Inclusive and Equitable Board - Pt. 2

This session will explore the action planning process and additional resources to determine where each organization is currently and where they want to be. Participants will receive forms and resources to develop an action plan to build board diversity, equity and inclusion at their own institutions. 

January 25, 2021

10:00 am-11:30 am

 Interim: Participants begin developing Action Plans specific to their own institutions.

 Session #3: Action Plan Progress – 3-month Check In

Participants will discuss progress made with their Plans and describe any challenges and issues they have had getting started, sharing their experiences and lessons learned from the process of developing their action plans. Feedback will be received from the VCIC Facilitator and colleagues and any necessary edits made to their action plans.

April 21, 2021

10:00-11:00 am

Interim: Participants begin implementing Action Plans specific to their own institutions.

Session #4: Action Plan Implementation – 6-month Check In

Participants will share their experiences and lessons learned from starting to implement their Action Plans, identify and discuss any challenges and issues they have, and receive feedback from the VCIC Facilitator and from their colleagues.

October 13, 2021

10:00-11:00 am

Session #5: Action Plan – 1-year check-in

Participants will share their experiences, lessons learned and results from implementing their Action Plans, and any continuing issues or challenges facing them as they move forward. The series will culminate in discussion of how to assess the success of their Plans and how to sustain them long-term.

VAM Conference, Spring 2022

Richmond, Virginia


$65 - Individual member
$100 - Individual non-member
$100 - Two representatives from the same organization

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