Here are a list of sessions and activities recommended for EMPs attending the SEMC conference in New Orleans this year.
SEMC EMP Meetup
Tuesday, September 12, 5:30-6:30PM: Join SEMC EMPs and students at 21st Amendment for happy hour at a bar that pays tribute to the Prohibition era in U.S. history. Network and meet new friends!
If attending the conference, feel free to meet in the Grand Ballroom Gallery to walk to 725 Iberville Street as a group. Find the Facebook Event here.
*EMP Happy Hour hosted by MPMA EMPs and Denver EMPs
*MPMA’s EMP Session Series: BUILDING YOUR NETWORK
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BUILDING YOUR NETWORK
MPMA’s EMP Session Series is for those New to the Museum Field
If you are a student about to enter the museum field
If you are new to the museum field
You should attend MPMA’s 2017 EMP Session Series
EMP sessions are part of MPMA’s 2017 Conference
October 15-19 in Denver, Colorado
To attend these sessions, you must register for the conference
Register here: Registration Form
We have all wondered what happens after graduation? How do I get a job or internship? How do I dress? What do I look for in an institution? Who do I ask for help?
MPMA’s series of EMP sessions will help you answer these questions while building your professional network. The series is designed to help you get a job or an internship.
You will have the chance to talk to directors to find out what they look for in potential employees and you’ll talk to recently graduated EMPs to learn how they landed their first museum job. One-on-one resume counseling will provide you customized assistance.
By attending these EMP sessions, you will make friends who will help you “Get out there” during MPMA’s Conference to meet potential employers and mentors. So sign up and take your first step into a larger world!
There are EMP Sessions for All Levels of Emerging:
EMP Level 1 – Students newly graduated/about to graduate/looking for their first museum job
EMP Level 2 – Professionals with 1-3 years of professional experience in the field
EMP Level 3 – Professionals with 3+ years at or near mid-career
Highlights of EMP Session Series:
EMP ORIENTATION: Monday, October 16, 2017 (EMP Level 1)
EMP Happy Hour: Monday, October 16, 2017 9:30 p.m.– 11:00 p.m. (All Levels)
EMP RESUME REVIEW: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (All Levels)
EMP Hiring 101: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (All Levels)
EMP Session and Event Schedule by Day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Monday, October 16, 2017
EMP Orientation 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Aimed at EMP Level 1 for Students who will be entering the professional world but any level can attend.
The Orientation includes these four sessions:
EMP 1 12:00- 12:40- Lunch Meeting and Orientation: Introduction to MPMA and Building Your Contacts
The EMP orientation will introduce participants to MPMA, offer suggestions on how to create professional contacts, and navigating the transition from student to professional.
Presenters: Patti Wood Finkle, Director, Casper College Museums, Casper, WY; Valerie Innella Maiers, Professor, Museum Studies and Art History, Casper College, Casper, WY; Kristin Martin, Educator, Museum of World Treasures, Wichita, KS; Erin Brown, Curator of Collections, Colorado Territorial Museum Guthrie, OK
EMP 2 12:50 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dress for Success and Interviewing Tips
In this session, we’ll cover interview tips, making a good impression and how to dress for success.
Presenters: Shaley K. George, Curator, National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS; Casey Seger, Registrar, Deadwood History-Days of ’76 Museum, Deadwood, SD (MPMA Scholarship Class of 2014)
EMP 3 1:40 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. How Did YOU Get There from HERE? Talk to Newly Minted EMP’s
You can get a job doing what you love! This panel of EMPs will discuss how they got their current positions and offer tips to help you get started.
Presenters: Shaley K. George, Curator, National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS; Casey Seger, Registrar, Deadwood History-Days of ’76 Museum, Deadwood, SD (MPMA Scholarship Class of 2014); Kristin Martin, Educator, Museum of World Treasures, Wichita, KS; Joanna Butterworth, Archivist, Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
EMP 4 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hiring 101: Internships
This panel of directors, hiring managers, and supervisors highlights what they look for in internship applicants. (aimed at students).
Presenters: Nathan Turner, Regional Director, Museums and Historic Sites, Colorado Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK; Jamie Melissa Wilms, Director of Education, Molly Brown House Museum, Denver, CO; Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator, Golden History Museum & Park, Golden, CO
EMP Happy Hour: Monday, October 16, 2017 9:30 p.m.– 11:00 p.m.
Unwind after a long day of conference activities with a drink and food. EMPs and EMPs-at-heart are welcome to attend and build community. No-Host Event.
MPMA-EMP Co-Chairs: Erin Brown, Curator of Collections, Oklahoma Territorial Museum Guthrie, OK; Kristin Martin, Educator, Museum of World Treasures, Wichita, KS
Denver EMP Chair: Gillian Armstrong, Database Specialist, Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver, CO
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – For Any EMP Level
EMP 5 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Resume Building, Cover Letters, CVs, Individualized Resume Review
Writing a resume can be difficult. Learn what to include and how to arrange the information to create an outstanding museum resume. This session will also look at ways you can build and improve your resume for landing that job and how volunteering and other experiences can bulk up your resume. This is an opportunity to have a set of trained eyes review your resume. (Aimed at all level of EMPs)
Presenters: Valerie Innella Maiers, Professor, Museum Studies and Art History, Casper College, Casper, WY; Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator, Golden History Museum & Park, Golden, CO; Michael Williams, Assistant Curator, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – For Any EMP Level
EMP 6 8:30- 9:45 Hiring 101: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
This panel of directors, hiring managers, and supervisors highlights what they look for in applicants. (Aimed at all level of EMPs)
Presenters: Stephen L. Whittington, Executive Director, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville, CO; Nathan Turner, Regional Director, Museums and Historic Sites, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK; Jamie Melissa Wilms, Director of Education, Molly Brown House Museum, Denver, CO; Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator, Golden History Museum & Park, Golden, CO
Register here: Registration Form
EMP Orientation Coordinators:
Co-Chair: Patti Wood Finkle, Director, Casper College Museums, Casper, WY (MPMA Scholarship Class of 2008);
Co-Chair: Valerie Innella Maiers, Professor, Museum Studies and Art History, Casper College, Casper, WY
As we all know, the field of museum work is continuously progressing, and you, as an emerging museum professional, are essential to these new ideas that are taking form. As an EMP you are faced with many unique challenges – mastering museum skill-sets, the current economic climate, increased competition, all while new trends are continuously emerging. There is certainly a lot to keep up with!
With this idea of the future in mind, the Western Museum Association’s (WMA) 2017 Annual Meeting Program Committee determined the many forward-thinking presentations within the over 40 overall sessions. Based the theme of UNITE, WMA 2017 will focus on the ways museums can unite across sectors, across communities, and across borders to work towards innovative and inclusive solutions to shared concerns. These sessions are broken out into seven interdisciplinary tracks including, Business, Collections, Community Engagement, Indigenous, Leadership, Technology, and Visitor Experience. Much like many of the roles within your own institutions, each session incorporates multiple perspectives from across museum disciplines.
So why should you attend?
WMA 2017 will be a great opportunity for you to meet and network with colleagues and each other, in particular during the EMP Meetup, Speed Networking, #drinkingaboutmuseums, and multiple networking breakfasts and breaks. The sessions themselves have been thoroughly peer-reviewed and represent the most relevant and exciting topics in museums.
Remember that EMP survey you took way back when? Well, now you can see how your fellow EMP’s answered! Be on the look out over the next few months for these survey summaries to get to know your EMP network! First up, EMPs and internships.
Be sure to take our 2017 Annual EMP Survey to help us get and keep a more accurate portrait of EMPs!
NEMPN has partnered with Museum Masters Review in an effort to determine what Emerging Museum Professionals are truly seeking in their college/university experience. Your submissions are anonymous, so please be as candid as possible. This is the first step in what we hope will be a long overdue discussion on what Museum Studies programs provide and what students really need in their education to succeed. Any questions/concerns can be directed to NEMPN president Michelle Epps at email@example.com.
Watch it below
We ask you to join us on your lunch break for this half hour sessions getting YOU more connected with a different NEMPN group each month. In our first session we will be speaking with Tallahassee EMP leaders Gabrielle Graham and Mary Fernandez! Have questions? Join the conversation for the last 10 minutes of the session to pose your most burning inquires.
You can watch the live stream on our YouTube Channel here.