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Wonder Women in the Arts – Breakfast & Workshop in NYC

October 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Thursday, October 11, 8am-11am at the Museum of the City of New York.

Does gender matter in leadership roles in the arts? From recent literature, the answer is yes.

Only one of the nation’s 13 largest museums is run by a woman. Women today are nearing equity in the arts, leading 48 percent of art museums, which is up from 43 percent three years ago.  However, a gender gap persists at the largest museums — of those with budgets of $15 million and higher, just 30 percent have female directors. As the budgets grow, the ranks of women thin, with just three women heading the 20 largest-budget institutions in the association.

So, what tools can help women get to the top? Is undertaking a strategic plan an effective means of leading and influencing arts organizations?

In this workshop we will explore the path women in the arts, particularly in museums, take to the top and the role strategic plans play in moving women leaders along that path. Come join us to hear from three top women leaders in the museum field on this important topic.

This morning workshop, held at the Museum of the City of New York, will include networking opportunities for attendees from every part of museum industry, a delicious breakfast, and every participant will gain a free day pass to the museum which will be featuring their new exhibit, Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism.

Meet the Panelists:

Darsie Alexander is the chief curator for the Jewish Museum in NYC. Alexander has been the executive director of the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York, since 2014. Prior to that, she had been chief curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, senior curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and a photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art.
Kaywin Feldman has served as the director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) since 2008. She has used digital technologies to enhance audience engagement; diversified staff, audience, and board; and strategically acquired major collections and works of art for the collection. She is a past president of both the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Pamela Franks is director of the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Franks was previously at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven since 2004, and is currently holding the titles of senior deputy director and curator of modern and contemporary art. She also previously worked at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.


OPG is an organizational development consulting firm that believes people and their ability to work together are critical to the success of an organization. Organizations that inspire and empower their employees have a competitive advantage. Simply put, we believe an organization’s success depends on its people.
Strategic Planning: OPG has assisted some of the top museums in the United States in developing a shared vision for their future through our unique strategic planning process.  Our previous clients include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Each registration is $45. *This event has a maximum capacity of 100 individuals, and space is limited*

OPG would like to thank our sponsors for helping to bring you this event!






October 11, 2018
8:00 am - 11:00 am


Robert Roche


The Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave & 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029 United States

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