NextGen 2015 | Executive Education Program

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 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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The new format of NextGen 2015 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 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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Program Dates & Information
  • January 5, 2015 – Applications Due
  • March 9-15, 2015 – Online program week: Asynchronous online classroom with peer and faculty interaction, and live webinars.
  • March 24-28, 2015 – Residency week: Classes at the beautiful tree-lined campuses of the Claremont Colleges in southern California.
  • Download Application Submission Instructions
  • Download Confidential Recommendation Form

  • Eligibility & Selection
    The NextGen 2015 program is open to up to thirty-five museum professionals from around the globe, in their first three to five years of mid-level management. Applicants can work in any museum department. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions. View more info
  • Program Fee
    The NextGen 2015 program fee is $2,500.
    The fee includes accommodations at the Claremont Doubletree Hotel, for four nights (March 24-March 27, 2015), most meals, and all course materials. Need-based scholarships may be available.

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