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Advanced Leadership Institute

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“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 & CEO, American Alliance for Museums

Recognizing that change doesn’t happen easily after just one day, this program offers a cohort structure and multi-session format to build on resources and tactics introduced and a supportive environment to keep you motivated and on track. The 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. Specially geared for museum leadership, this 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 we offer a special rate to support this partnership approach to help you more affordably move your institution to the next level. Board members from all-volunteer organizations are welcome. 

We invite you to join this year-long learning cohort to gain the knowledge to transform your organization to become a more inclusive community. Through in-person and online meetings, you'll gain resources and insights on creating an action plan specific to your institution and building partnerships among your colleagues and throughout the field.

Session #1: Building a More Diverse and Inclusive Board 

This initial session 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. *Lunch included

Friday, May 15, 2020; 10:00am - 3:00pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture; Richmond, Virginia


Session #2:  Discussion of Action Plans and Next Steps

In the remote session participants will share their Action Plans with one another and with the Presenter.  During the session they will describe their experiences and discuss their progress, challenges and successes in developing them, with feedback provided by the Presenter. She will also discuss implementation of the Plans and how to create buy-in from other board members, staff and stakeholders.

Tuesday, September 15; 1:00pm-4:00 pm
Online meeting

Session #3: Final meeting with all participants

Participants will share experiences and lessons learned from implementing their Action Plans, discuss any issues or challenges they have, and receive feedback from the Presenter and from their colleagues. The Presenter will also discuss how to assess the success of their Plans and how to sustain them long-term, celebrating participant successes. *Lunch Included

Friday, January 15, 2021; 10:00am - 3:00pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture; Richmond, Virginia


Registration Fees for the Entire Series:

  • $150 - Member
  • $200 - Museum Director & Board Member attending together
  • $200 - Two Board members from a member museum
  • $200 - Non-Member
  • $300 - Non-Member & Board Member attending together

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Institute Facilitators:

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.

VAM's Advanced Leadership Institute will be led by Ms. Charm Bullard, Director of Programs at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC). In her role, she 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.

Ms. Bullard may be joined by additional VCIC staff members: Jacquie Johnson, Professional Development Coordinator or Nelson Reveley, Outreach Programs Coordinator.

The Advanced Leadership Institute is Generously Supported by:
Virginia Museum of History and Culture
VAM's Advising Members Panel

Douglas Harvey Museum Services