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GLI 2015 | Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders

The renowned Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders is entering its 35th year. The program is aimed at helping experienced executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions' capabilities.

This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first five to seven years of their position. Program participants take four weeks of intensive courses that are designed to address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The program blends two weeks online, two weeks of residency at CGU, and a full day practicum at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

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Program Dates
Online | May 4-15, 2015
Residency | June 12-27, 2015

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Applications Due
January 15, 2015
Applications for GLI 2015 are now closed.

NextGen 2015 | Executive Education Program for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders

Today's museum leaders create the future. After a two-year hiatus, NextGen returns!

NextGen 2015 is a new blended-learning experience for the field's emerging top talent. The 2015 Executive Education Program for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders is designed for mid-level managers with three to five years of museum management experience and extraordinary leadership potential as recognized by senior-level executives. The program blends one-week of online learning and three days of residency in a collegial environment at CGU. The curriculum is intensive, while also offering time for self-reflection and practical application of materials and concepts. Participants examine their individual leadership styles, team dynamics, institutional needs and perspectives, and the future of the museum field. Course modules focus on self-assessment, leadership development, strategy, negotiation, and innovation.

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Program Dates
Online | March 9-15, 2015
Residency | March 24-28, 2015

Program Cost

Program Information
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Applications Due
January 5, 2015
Applications for NextGen 2015 are now closed.

GLI Collaborations

Ongoing activities of GLI include co-sponsored events featuring innovators in the art, cultural, and museum sectors. For the past three years, GLI has collaborated with the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) based in New York to produce a week-long program offering formal coursework and practicum assignments to the CCL fellows at Los Angeles museums.

GLI also works closely with the Instituto de Liderazgo en Museos' PADEM in Mexico, sharing programmatic materials and developing programs that can be offered to institutions throughout Latin America.

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GLI Thought Leadership

Every good museum leader can listen to the input of others and synthesize opinions to gain support for moving forward. Great museum leaders can diagnose the culture of various groups that influence the success or failure of their organization, and can identify the levers that move those groups to the next level of performance. In this video, longtime GLI faculty member Dave Logan, author of Tribal Leadership and professor at the USC Marshall School of Business, explains the 5 stages of organizational tribes and provides insight into the values that motivate each group.

What stage is your museum tribe in? How might you lead that tribe to the next level? How do you balance movement between the tribes in a complex museum environment? Are there tribes within your organization that tend to slide backward? If so, why? As a museum leader, what actions can you take to diagnose your museum's culture, recognize a set of shared values, articulate aspirations and create wow moments in fulfilling your mission?


"Life Stinks"
Don't bother, you can't change this stage-develop a strategy for transition.

"My Life Stinks"
Find the few within the tribe that have an interest in museum values and mentor them one on one to next stage.

"I'm Great"
Create a cross-tribe project that focuses all on their shared highest level aspiration-share credit and recognize the shared benefits of an invented future.

"We're Great"
Articulate that aspiration as a core organizational value and create an environment that encourages and rewards experimentation, innovation, and global impact.

"Life is Great"
Reaching for the stars! This tribe enjoys constant reinvention; they are surprised by their own impact ... they enable the "wow moments" that build community across tribes.

GLI Network

The Getty Leadership Institute alumni network is worldwide. Close to 1500 professionals have participated in GLI programs since its inception in 1979.

Download a printable list of GLI alumni

Download a printable list of NextGen alumni

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About GLI

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI at CGU) is dedicated to advancing thoughtful leadership in the museum field. GLI offers executive education programs, special events, and an online forum to help forward-thinking museum professionals develop their knowledge and skills in order to manage change and forge success.

GLI is part of an active center of arts management and leadership programs at Claremont Graduate University. Learn about the Arts Management Program, Sotheby's Institute of Art-Los Angeles, the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.

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Major funding for the GLI at CGU is provided by the Getty Foundation.

GLI Staff

Melody Kanschat, Executive Director
Melody Kanschat is an energetic arts professional with broad experience in management, communications, fundraising and master plan development. In April 2013, Melody was appointed Executive Director of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. She had recently concluded a 22-year career with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where she served in a variety of executive capacities. In her final six years at LACMA, she was the Museum’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Toni Guglielmo, Associate Director
Toni Guglielmo brings an impressive background in museums and academia to GLI. In 2011-2012, she was the Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to her fellowship, she developed and managed an award-winning distance learning program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and served as the Assistant Director for the Museum of Creativity Project as well as a Project Associate at the Getty Education Institute for the Arts.

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GLI Faculty

Faculty and speakers come from the top ranking institutions including the USC Marshall School of Business and the Claremont Graduate University’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. Faculty members incorporate case studies and exercises in their curricula that draw upon current events and trends, and blend theory with best practices in the museum field.

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News & Events
  • GLI produced a week-long professional development practicum in Los Angeles for Center Curatorial Leadership 2015 fellows. This is the third year GLI and CCL have partnered to produce a residency in Los Angeles. The 2015 practicum featured an in-depth analysis of the Ghetto Film School’s recent expansion to Los Angeles, as well as museum visits and strategy, media training, and time management classwork.
  • GLI selects 61 museum executives and managers for the GLI 2015 and NextGen 2015 executive education programs. Read the press release.

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