by Phil Nowlen, Executive Director of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI at CGU)
In this, I hope one of many posts to come on our new Compleat Leader blog, I thought you might enjoy a snapshot of GLI at CGU. We’ve been settling in nicely at our new home at Claremont Graduate University, and now in addition to Leonie, MiJin and I on staff at GLI, we are fortunate to have the help of Emily Jaksa, a recent Claremont Graduate University alum with an M.A. in arts management and an MBA from the Drucker School. Sharing space with so many academics is truly a benefit, and we are enjoying being part of a continuing lunch conversation about leadership with some seventeen academics across the Claremont Colleges who are doing quite varied research about leadership.
This past summer marked a successful first offering of MLI: the Museum Leadership Institute at CGU. Some of the participants will give you their own reactions to the program and the campus and provide you with a glimpse of our new environment. Once again, MLI attracted a very strong group of U.S. and international participants. MLI continues to evolve – we just can’t leave it alone.
NextGen is back! MiJin led the five-day program in the U.S. this past March and, last May, Leonie and MiJin traveled to Canada to offer NextGen: Canada, in collaboration with the Alberta Museums Association and the University of Alberta Museums, in Edmonton. Next fall, NextGen will be offered on the east coast for the first time.
In the U.S., I continue to spend time exploring how GLI might strengthen museum boards. If you are fortunate to have a well led, high performing board, I’d love to have an opportunity to speak with some of your trustees regarding this potential GLI project – perhaps even gathering them in regional one-day discussion about whether GLI can be of some help.
Meanwhile our international activities continue to expand. We offered a program in Singapore and I will be going to Kurdish Iraq with a broad-based team to help rebuild the cultural ministry there and discuss how a new conservation institute in Erbil could achieve sustainability. There are also continuing conversations with Qatar‘s Museums Authority. In December, MiJin and I will be guests of the People’s Republic of China’s State Administration for Cultural Heritage (SACH). We will have discussions in BeiJing about how GLI and SACH might work together.