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Sneak Peak! 2015 Annual Conference this October in Lehi

Monday, May 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Sneak Peak! 2015 Annual Conference this October in Lehi

By: Jessica Weiss




We have been busy at work for the 2015 Annual Conference, and I am pleased to announce an exciting lineup of events! Here is a sneak peak of what you can look forward to October 7-9 at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.


Our theme for this year is “Embracing Change” and with that in mind, we will be exploring not only innovation and creativity, but also reinforcing the industry standards that are so critical to our success and sustainability.


We will kick off the conference with Chris Bray as our plenary speaker. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Utah Nonprofit Association she has an inside perspective of what is happening at organizations across the state, large and small. With over 25 years of work in the nonprofit community, she is well versed in organizational best practices, and will help us start the conference off right.


Our keynote for the conference will be Marsha L. Semmel. Over a lengthy career, Ms. Semmel has served in key leadership roles with IMLS, the Office of Museum Services, the Women of the West Museum in Denver, and Conner Prairie, a living-history museum near Indianapolis. She has worked in museums and arts organizations across the United States, and is currently a Senior Advisor to the Noyce Leadership Institute and runs her own consulting firm. Her passion for transformative practices, leadership for the future, and the public value of museums make her an excellent fit with the theme of “Embracing Change,” and she is a dynamic and engaging speaker. We are pleased to be hosting her at this year’s conference.


There are also many other special speakers, sessions, panels, and workshops that will round out this conference. Regardless of your museum size, discipline, or location, this conference should be an excellent networking and learning resource.


A preliminary program will be posted soon, and registration will open this summer. Be on the lookout in the coming months for more information about scholarship opportunities, pre-conference workshops, and local field trips. We look forward to seeing you all in Lehi in October!


Jessica Weiss is the Head of Education at the Springville Museum of Art and serves on the Professional Development Committee for the UMA Board, where she works to organize trainings and workshops such as the Annual Conference.

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