GLI 2017 |

Executive Education For Museum Leaders

The renowned Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders is entering its 38th year. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions' capabilities and advance the field.

This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum 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 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 selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

The blended course is designed as a four-way partnership among fellows, their museums, 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 southern California where outstanding faculty and guest speakers facilitate thoughtful analysis and discussions in a confidential, collegial environment.

The format of GLI 2017 offers a multifaceted learning experience. Learning experiences include lectures, peer discussions and small group study, self-directed reading and journal reflections, group problem-solving activities, faculty coaching sessions, peer mentoring sessions with GLI alumni, field trips, practicum assignments, and sessions with visual arts and museum leaders. Course modules include leadership assessment and development, fundraising, leading high performing teams, strategy, marketing, innovation, mergers and alliance, audience engagement and development, revitalization, and thought-leadership. Fellows use newfound insights to plan meaningful solutions that address their institutional strategic challenges, to further their own careers, and to advance the museum field.

GLI executive education programs help museum professionals become better leaders. Program participants increase their knowledge and skills in four core areas:

  • Self-Knowledge: Gain an in-depth understanding of individual leadership styles and learn how to hone strengths and maximize opportunities.
  • Management Skills: Sharpen your knowledge and understanding of innovative concepts and current trends in key subject areas of Leadership Assessment and Development, Fundraising, Audience Development, Team Management, Innovation, and Strategy.
  • Pragmatic Practice: Understand core strategic steps, frameworks, and measurement tools to solve complex organizational challenges and build capacity at your organization. Meet leaders in the field and explore best and new practices.
  • Leadership: Understand effective leadership and develop your overall leadership skills. Create action plans to implement for your own leadership development and to effectively build your career. Assess and generate new museum thought leadership and contribute to cultural infrastructure for the field.
  • 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.
  • Engages fellows in a comprehensive leadership assessment and development course that includes a 360 evaluation, self-assessments, simulations, coaching, feedback reports, and step-by-step actions for creating and implementing a leadership development plan.
  • 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-assessments, curriculum, coaching and mentoring sessions, and peer-learning.
  • 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 within a global network of close to 1600 alumni.

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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GLI 2016 Alumni Testimonials

“GLI provided me with a cohort of colleagues and thinkers. It allowed me to be much more mindful of my own behaviors at all times and consider how to show up as a leader.”

“Thank you for the depth of thought that has gone into the program content and pace - it has been so rewarding and impactful. One of the best professional development experiences I have ever had.”

“This is an exceptional program that was very well designed with content and a pedagogical presentation. The most valuable overall lesson is to remember to reflect on our leadership impact.”

“GLI gave me a set of tools, analytical, observational, strategic, and human interactive that I did not have or thought I did not have. It has prepared me to think ahead (of what I have now, or where I am now) helping to identify my future career goal.”

Jean-Louis Andral
Chief Curator and Director
Picasso Museum, Antibes, France

Marilu Knode
Executive Director
Laumeier Sculpture Park

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Program Dates & Information
  • January 18, 2017 – Applications Due
  • May 15-27, 2017 – Online weeks: Asynchronous online classroom with live peer interaction and faculty webinars.
  • June 9-24, 2017 – Residency weeks: Classes at the beautiful tree-lined campus of the Claremont Graduate University in southern California.

  • How to Apply

  • Follow these steps below to apply to GLI 2017. Applications due January 18, 2017.
  • 1. Review the Eligibility and Selection criteria.
  • 2. Review the Application Submission Guidelines.
  • 3. Provide this link to the Confidential Recommendation Form to your recommenders.
  • 4. Gather all your materials in advance, complete and submit the application:

  • Program Fee
  • The 2017 program fee is $8,000.
  • 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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