GLI 2016 | Executive Education Program

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI at CGU) welcomes applications for its 2016 Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders aimed at helping experienced art museum 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 two 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 and two weeks of residency at CGU, and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

The blended course is designed as a four-way partnership among participants, their museums, program peers, and GLI faculty. Participants—selected from a wide range of institutions around the world—start the multi-month experience by conducting a thorough self-assessment and crafting strategic challenges pertaining to their institutions. Subsequently, participants come together for an intensive, immersive program in California where outstanding faculty and guest speakers facilitate thoughtful analysis and discussions in a confidential, collegial environment.

Learning experiences include independent activities, formal coursework, peer learning, coaching sessions, and practicum assignments. The curriculum incorporates time for conversation, group study, and private reflection. Participants use newfound insights to address strategic challenges for their institutions and plan meaningful solutions to take home. The executive education programs offered through the Getty Leadership Institute aim to develop skills and knowledge in four core areas:

  • Self-Knowledge: Gain an in-depth understanding of individual leadership styles and learn how to hone strengths and maximize team dynamics.
  • Management Skills: Sharpen business and financial knowledge and understanding of best practices in key subject areas of Marketing, Alliances, Fundraising, Financial Planning, Strategy, and Leadership.
  • Pragmatic Practice: Understand core strategic steps, action plans, and measurement tools to solve complex organizational challenges; and implement best practices through individualized strategic challenges.
  • Leadership: Develop design thinking skills, and assess and generate new museum thought-leadership to effectively build cultural infrastructure.
  • Combines intellectual rigor with skillful management practices in a balanced curriculum.
  • Deepens understanding by examining case-studies, applicable to museums.
  • Scaffolds learning with increasingly complex ideas and theory, building from self-learning online, to immersive learning in residency, and implementation through individualized strategic challenges.
  • Varies pedagogical approaches with lectures and practicums, individual and group exercises, panels and presentations, and online and classroom learning.
  • Integrates technology as a learning modality, supporting green leadership and initiatives.
  • Fosters change through individualized strategic challenges, which are informed by self-awareness, curriculum, coaching, and assessments.
  • Provides participants with benchmarks to assess how they are moving their institutions forward.
  • Challenges participants to move beyond their comfort zones, recognizing broader contexts and opportunities for personal growth.
  • Empowers leadership based on individual styles, self-awareness, and authenticity rather than “one right way” of leadership.
  • Creates a strong cohort of leaders and enduring professional relationships in an alumni network.

Faculty comes from top ranking institutions including the USC Marshall School of Business and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Faculty members incorporate museum case studies and hands-on exercises in their curricula that draw upon current events and trends, blend theory with best practices, and that are applicable to issues in the visual arts. Guest speakers include strategists, thought leaders, and executives from the museum field and Los Angeles area art museums.

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Program Dates & Information
  • January 11, 2016 – Applications Due
  • May 9-21, 2016 – Online program weeks: Asynchronous online classroom with live peer interaction and faculty webinars.
  • June 10-25, 2016 – Residency weeks: Classes at the beautiful tree-lined campuses of the Claremont Colleges in southern California.

  • How to Apply
    Please check back in the fall of 2016 for detailed information on GLI 2017.

  • Program Fee
    The 2016 program fee is $7,500.
    The fee includes accommodations at the Claremont Doubletree Hotel, most meals, and all course materials. Need-based scholarships may be available.

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