In their own words:
This institute will empower you to find your best self, be the change, become a voice for
inclusivity, and take on giants.
I loved the instructors and they fit perfectly together. They introduced a culture of
positivity and lifting each other up. That’s not an across-the-board standard.
As a result of the Institute, I feel more confident and competent to speak up when
invited to the “table”.
My understanding of what an equitable, inclusive, diverse workplace looks like and
what I should expect from my employers has shifted. I’m more aware of what I want
and what to look out for.
I’ve become a better listener. I ask thoughtful and insightful questions to provoke a
more honest and transparent culture within our department.
Figuring out the aspects of a good leader helped me communicate what was missing
from my job and realize it wasn’t unrealistic for me to expect those things.
I am thinking about ways that I can make DEI effort, in cultural and historical
organizations, more effective and less burdensome for museum professionals who are
people of color.
My vision for my organization’s external community has expanded. I’m considering
how we interact with the community and who will be our audience in 10-20 years. I
often think about the long haul.
I prompt peers with conversations on topics and skills I learned during the Institute
that could serve as aid in organizational growth.
I can better diagnose strengths and weaknesses in my organization, understand the
phases of where we are and identify areas that need to be addressed. I feel better
equipped to make positive changes.
I have been taking advantage of the new network that I gained through the
Leadership Institute. I am incredibly grateful for those relationships.
Just having a network of peers that have gone through the same topics, just using each
other for ideas or when things get hard is my main thing.
It’s nice to have a group of people I don’t work with to ask questions about my job and
organization. We have the cone of silence and there’s no fear of judgment.
I’ve appreciated having a sounding board and a group
It has really opened my eyes to so much potential in myself and in my organization.
I have already encouraged some of my colleagues to apply to the next one.
This Institute has given me such confidence that I did not have before... I now feel
more empowered as a museum professional with the connections and tools that I need
to continue to improve in this field. You will not be the same; you will be more
successful and prepared to adapt to obstacles...