Lead the Way!

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI at CGU) welcomes application for its new 2014 Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders aimed at helping experienced executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions' capabilities. Program participants undertake three weeks of intensive courses that are designed to address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The new program has been informed by evaluation findings from key GLI constituents. Whereas in prior years, the Museum Leadership Institute (MLI) ran as a three-week residential program at CGU, the new program is blended with one week online and two weeks of residency at CGU and a full day practicum at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

MLI 2011 Participants. Click to enlarge. Copyright 2011 GLI at CGU.

Program Dates

April 21-26, 2014:
Asynchronous online classroom with live peer interaction and faculty webinars.

June 6-21, 2014:
Classes at the beautiful tree-lined campuses of the Claremont Colleges in southern California.

Program Learning Outcomes

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. Skills and knowledge are built 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.

See sample list of faculty.

Program Highlights:

  • 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.

Eligibility and Selection

The GLI 2014 program is open to thirty highly committed museum CEOs, COOs, directors, curators, and managers in their first five to seven years of senior-level management. The selection process is competitive and candidates are chosen based on their ability to influence policy and effect change at their institutions.

See more about Eligibility and Selection.

Program Fee

The 2014 program fee is $6,500. The fee includes accommodations at the Claremont Doubletree Hotel, breakfast, lunch, and most dinners. The fee covers all course materials, access to the online learning portal, and coaching sessions during the program. Travel to the program location and incidental expenses are not covered. Because some individuals and institutions may not be able to bear the entire program fee, GLI will consider need-based requests for reduced fees for eligible candidates on limited basis, up to the full program fee amount. Candidates may request scholarships on the application form.

Application Submission

MLI 2012 Participants. Click to enlarge. Copyright 2012 GLI at CGU.

The application deadline is January 17, 2014. Two letters of recommendation are required. For more information and to apply, please download the application packet.


MLI 2011 Participants. Copyright 2011 GLI at CGU.


"My most important professional experience ever. Individuals in leadership positions hardly ever receive such significant feedback. Thanks to wonderful colleagues, experienced and generous faculty, and an amazing environment providing an absolutely safe and creative situation, we all could grow, assess and be humbled by the trust we were given. I have benefited enormously personally, and love sharing gained knowledge and ideas with my staff and beyond."  MLI 2010 Participant.

View more testimonials in Pierre Arpin's blog, in a 2007 New York Times article, or watch videos of alumni talking about their experience at MLI.

MLI 2006 Participants. Copyright 2006 J. Paul Getty Trust

MLI 2011 Participants. Click to enlarge. Copyright 2011 GLI at CGU.

Past Attendees

Since its inception in 1979, MLI has served 1,150 museum professionals from the United States and 31 countries worldwide.

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