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SEMC Leadership Institute: Leading for Today’s Challenges

The Southeastern Museum Conference (SEMC) offers a professional development program for future museum leaders that supports diversity and inclusion. The inaugural SEMC Leadership Institute: Leading for Today’s Challenges ran as a virtual program November 8 - 16, 2020.

SEMC is proud to partner with the the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) to pilot this new program focused on leadership training for staff of small- and mid-sized institutions.

The SEMC Leadership Institute: Leading for Today’s Challenges aims to equip a new generation of museum leaders with outward-looking skills and strategies that increase their effectiveness as leaders and ability to create a productive and inclusive environment within the museum and among the museum’s board.


The Southeastern Museums Conference Leadership Institute will develop a diverse and inclusive group of future museum leaders who:

• Can identify and build on their existing personal strengths

• Assess how to maximize these strengths internally in an organization and externally as part of a community

• Identify methods to capitalize on their strengths and their environment to move an institution forward


The curriculum, taught by leaders in their fields, covers six areas:

• Reflecting Your Best Self*

• Building Inclusive Cultures

• Strategic Communication and Thinking

• Leadership Challenges

• Adaptive Leadership

• Creating Your Best Self as an Organization

*Using the Reflective Best Self Tool

Meet the Leadership Institute Faculty.

SEMC Virtual Leadership Institute tuition is $1,500 for SEMC and AAAM members and $1,600 for non-members. Tuition includes Institute resources, and a final workshop for Institute cohorts at the SEMC Annual Meeting. Conference registration for the SEMC Annual Meeting following the Institute will be complimentary for each.

Congratulations to the Leadership Institute Class of 2020!

Adam Alfrey
Senior Curator/Operations Manager
East Tennessee History Center
Knoxville, Tennessee

Kawan Allen
Research Historian
North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites
Raleigh, North Carolina

Kaila Austin
Director of Content Development
New Day Culture
Indianapolis, Indiana

Marcy Breffle
Education Manager
Historic Oakland Foundation
Atlanta, Georgia

Shatavia Elder
Vice President of Education
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, Georgia

Tafeni English
Civil Rights Memorial Center
Montgomery, Alabama

Cassandra Erb
Curator of Exhibits
Louisiana State Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana

Ruthie Massey
Director of Operations
Mississippi Museum of Art
Jackson, Mississippi

Mari Noorai
Curator of Education and Interpretation
Clemson University Department of Historic Properties
Clemson, South Carolina

Natalie Rodriguez
Historical Interpreter III
North Carolina Department of Natural Cultural Resources/North Carolina State Historic Sites
Raleigh, North Carolina

Kristin Hebert Veit
Curatorial Cataloger
The Historic New Orleans Collection
New Orleans, Louisiana

Robert Bull
Laura Morgan Roberts
Marsha Semmel
Curriculum Designer:
Alison Leithner

SEMC is grateful for the support of our generous sponsors and partners for the

2020 Virtual Leadership Institute


L. Carole Wharton

Robert and Nancy Sullivan

Mary Miller 

Susan Perry 

                   Special thanks to Banks Creative for Virtual Leadership Institute logo design!