2022 ASMD Directors Forum in Seattle

We will head to Seattle for the 2022 ASMD Directors Forum (February 1-4, 2022). The Program Committee chaired by Vice Presidents William Harris (Space Center Houston) and Tracy Calogheros (The Exploration Place + Science Centre), and including other ASMD Board members (President Joe Keiper, Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Pierce, and Immediate Past President Todd Boyette), and Host Committee members Julie Stein (Burke Museum), Will Daugherty (Pacific Science Center), and Matt Hayes (Museum of Flight), and ASMD Executive Director Bonnie Styles have completed the Preliminary Program and it is accessible by clicking on the link. We are very excited to return to our traditional in-person format.

The program includes sessions on decolonization of museums, strategies to make hiring and executive leadership searches more equitable, updates on DEAI initiatives, planning for institutional renewal, and pandemic survival stories and reflections. Sessions and highlight tours with the directors will occur in all three of the host museums. The meeting will also include special visits to the Amazon Spheres and Expressions Labs, Gates Foundation Discovery Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Climate Pledge Arena. Our meetings feature a retreat-like atmosphere with great opportunities for sharing strategies to improve our institutions.

The conference hotel is the new LEED Gold Hyatt Regency Seattle in the heart of downtown. We have negotiated a room block with a great room rate of $139/night for one or two beds for single or double occupancy.

Plan to travel to Seattle on February 1 and arrive in time for our 6:00 p.m. reception in the Hyatt Regency. You may want to depart in the late afternoon or evening on February 4 or stay on for a few days at the conference rate. The conference rate will be available for three days prior and three days after our meeting. Please remember that the meeting is only open to ASMD members in good standing, Associate Directors invited by ASMD members, and directors/CEOS invited by the ASMD president. ASMD members may choose to bring their significant others, and they will be able to participant in social and field trip functions. The Registration Form is available in the Updates for Members Section of this website.

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