NextGen 2016 | Executive Education Program

Today’s museum leaders create the future.

NextGen 2016 is a blended-learning experience for the art museum field's emerging top talent. The 2016 Executive Education Program for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders is designed for mid-level managers with three to five years of management experience and extraordinary leadership potential as recognized by senior-level executives.

The program blends one week of online learning and one week 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 leadership development, design thinking and strategy, negotiation and influence, and innovation.

The format of NextGen 2016 offers a multifaceted learning experience. Learning online and in the classroom includes formal lectures, discussions, self-directed reading, leadership assessments, and practicum assignments. The curriculum incorporates time for peer conversations, group study, and private reflection. Participants use newfound insights to address institutional challenges 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.

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 4, 2016 – Applications Due
  • March 7-12, 2016 – Online program week: Asynchronous online classroom with peer and faculty interaction, and live webinars.
  • March 28-April 2, 2016 – Residency week: Classes at the beautiful tree-lined campuses of the Claremont Colleges in southern California.

  • How to Apply
    Step 1: Review the Eligibility and Selection Criteria.

    Step 2: Read the Application Submission Guidelines for details about each step in the process.

    Step 3: Complete and submit the NextGen 2016 Application Form.

    Step 4: Forward the Confidential Recommendation Form to your recommenders.

  • Program Fee
    The NextGen 2016 program fee is $3,000.
    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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