2015 Conference


Career Growth Studio

For mid-career professionals


CGSCreate a masterpiece of your career. Attend NEMA’s Career Growth Studio, an overnight experience of inspiration, skill building, and self-awareness immediately following the conference in Portland. This year’s CGS focuses exclusively on mid-career museum professionals seeking guidance and motivation as they prepare their next steps toward upper-level museum leadership.


This year's Studio is designed for you if you have:

  • 5-20 years' experience in the museum field
  • Experience in a supervisory or managerial position

This year's Studio is designed for you if you need:

  • To strategize next steps for your career
  • To better balance your life in and out of the workplace
  • To brush up your personal brand and administrative skills

On Friday, November 6, we'll start with a reception and dinner discussion. Then get ready for a full day on November 7, when we'll discuss the keys to leadership, personal branding, financial and management strategies, lifestyle management, how to gain career momentum, and creating a career plan. The Career Growth Studio will continue throughout 2015/16 with quarterly web conversations to check in and see how you're doing, plus a reunion at the 2016 NEMA conference. 

Cost to participate is just $250 for NEMA members and $300 for non-members; includes participation fee, materials, meals, web conversations throughout the year, and a reunion at the 2016 NEMA conference. The Holiday Inn by the Bay will honor its special conference rate for your Friday night stay.

Space is limited. Register by October 28.

For more information contact Meg Winikates at meg.winikates@nemanet.org or 781-641-0013.

Click here to register.


Friday, November 6
5 – 6 pm   Reception
6 – 7 pm   Dinner
7 – 8 pm   Discussion

Saturday, November 7

7:30 am             Buffet Breakfast
8 - 9 am              The Keys to Leadership
9:15 - 10:30     Manage Your Personal Brand
                                          includes Resume Review (please bring 3 copies)
10:45 - 12:15  Organizational Practice
                                         Finance and Management: Your Questions Answered
                                         Management & Supervision Skill-building
                                         Board Relations
                                         Creating a Joyful Workplace
12:45 - 2 pm    How to Move up the Museum Ladder
2 - 3 pm            
Manage Your Lifestyle
3 - 4 pm             Wrap Up & Next Steps

Ways to Save

Roommate Matching
Email Meg Winikates (meg.winikates@nemanet.org) with your contact information if you’re interested finding a roommate for Friday night, and we will do our best to match you with another attendee. Roommate matches are not guaranteed.

Financial Aid
Limited financial aid is available to help defray the cost of attending the Career Growth Studio. Financial aid may be applied to participation fees.

To apply, email Meg Winikates (meg.winikates@nemanet.org) with a brief statement about how participation in the Career Growth Studio would enhance your personal, academic, and/or professional development, and the circumstances that prompted you to apply for financial aid.

Financial aid will be distributed on a rolling basis, with priority given to current NEMA members.

We will contact you to let you know if your financial aid request was successful. Please do not register using the online registration system until you have heard about the status of your financial aid request. We will provide registration information along with your financial aid notification. Questions? Contact Meg at 781-641-0013 or meg.winikates@nemanet.org.