2016 Conference


Career Growth Studio



NEMA’s Career Growth Studio returns; an overnight experience of inspiration, skill building, and self-awareness immediately following the conference in Mystic. This year’s CGS is open to professionals of any level of experience, and focuses extensively on skill-building and self-assessment as well as peer-mentoring and motivation as participants prepare their next steps toward museum leadership.

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

  • To strategize next steps for your career
  • To gain new understanding or techniques for museum administration, finance, and governance
  • To brush up your personal brand, networking skills, and work habits

On Friday, November 11, we'll start with a reception and dinner discussion. Then get ready for a full day on November 12, when we'll discuss the skills necessary for leadership versus management, financial and governance strategies, how to gain career momentum, and creating a career plan. The Career Growth Studio will continue throughout 2016/17 with web conversations to check in and see how you're doing, plus a reunion at the 2017 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 2017 NEMA conference.

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

Click here to register. Deadline to register is October 21, 2016.


Friday, November 11

5 – 6 pm      Reception

6 – 7 pm      Dinner

7 – 8 pm      Discussion

  • Do you know where you’re going? Do you not? What’s holding you back? What do you hope to get out of this weekend & cohort?
  • Resume Swap for Saturday’s review

Saturday, November 12

7:30 am      Buffet breakfast

8 – 8:30 am      Skill Building: Elevator Speeches as Networking Basics

8:30 – 9:30 am      Leadership vs. Management

  • Self-assessment: what’s your leadership style?

9:30 – 9:45 am      Break

9:45 – 10:15 am      Skill Building: Uncorking Your Day

  • Habits for good organization and workflow

10:15 – 11:15 am      The Resume and Beyond

  • Resume-swap peer review
  • Other channels for rounding out your professional persona
    • Publication & Media
    • Board & Committee Service

11:15 – 12:00 pm      Open Discussion & Cohort Mentoring: What I Wish I Knew About…

12:00 – 12:45 pm      Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 pm      Self-Assessment & Discussion: Forward/Backward Thinking

1:15-2:15      Understanding Organizational Practices

  • Self-Assessment & Discussion: What do you know about Budgets & Finance?
  • Board relations

2:15 – 3:15 pm      How to Move Up / How to Move Out

3:15 – 4 pm      Wrap up/Discussion

  • Cohort Mentoring Database

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.