NextGen 2017 |

Executive Education for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders

Today’s museum leaders create the future.

NextGen 2017 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field's emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff 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 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 assessment and development, design thinking and strategy, team leadership, negotiation and influence, fundraising, audience engagement and development, and innovation.

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 format of NextGen 2017 offers a multifaceted learning experience. Learning online and in the classroom includes lectures, peer discussions and group study, self-directed reading and journaling, group problem-solving exercises, field trips and practicum assignments and panel sessions with visual arts and museum leaders. Participants use newfound insights to address institutional challenges and plan meaningful solutions to take home.

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.

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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NextGen 2016 Alumni Testimonials

“NextGen has given me the tools to help tackle problems, to be comforable with ambiguity, and to work together with me team - to build confidence together and to think about the problems that really matter.”

“I love the blended learning experience. It gave me the opportunity to read and think more critically about things on my time. ”

Ed Rodley
Associate Director of Integrated Media
Peabody Essex Museum

Diana Nawi
Associate Curator
Perez Art Museum Miami

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Program Dates & Information
  • January 4, 2017 – Applications Due
  • March 6-11, 2017 – Online week: Asynchronous online classroom with peer and faculty interaction, and live webinars.
  • March 27-April 1, 2017 – Residency week: Classes at the beautiful tree-lined campuses of the Claremont Graduate University in southern California.

  • How to Apply

  • Follow these steps below to apply to NextGen 2017. Applications Due by January 4, 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 NextGen 2017 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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