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Webinar: Speaking Truth to Power: Why Transparency and Accountability Matter

June 12

| $40 - $65

You might think of transparency and accountability as just buzzwords, but in reality they are a choice – a chosen way of organizing and running an institution no matter its budget size.

Many museums embrace the ideals of openness, communication, and trustworthiness in their work. In fact, the words transparency and accountability and others like them, can be found in vision, mission, and values statements of museums large and small. Too frequently, however, transparency and accountability get sidelined by good intentions. What do they really mean in day-to-day practice? How do they become part of an institution’s DNA so that, even in difficult times, they aren’t ignored?


Date: June 12, 2018

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm EASTERN (Remember to adjust for your time zone)

Cost: $40 members/$65 non-members; organizations enrolled in the StEPs program receive a $15 discount if they use the special StEPs promo code found on the StEPs website


Guest speaker Anne Ackerson will discuss the meaning and importance of organizational transparency and accountability. Anne will offer strategies for increasing and communicating both, and help participants create a transparency and accountability checklist for their organization.

This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series of webinars offered to both StEPs participants and all others interested in the topic of transparenchy and accountability. Applying what you learn in a StEPs Lab to your policies and practices helps your organization make meaningful progress.

In this webinar, participants will learn:

  1. What is meant by the terms transparency and accountability and how they impact internal and external organizational performance.
  2. How transparency and accountability create a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and trustworthy organization.
  3. How to assess their organization’s transparency and accountability and steps to take to increase both.
  4. Strategies for communicating what they have learned about transparency and accountability to others, both internally and externally.
  5. How their organization can meet transparency- and accountability-related standards and performance indicators in the StEPs program


About the Instructor:

Anne Ackerson is an author and frequent workshop presenter, focusing on issues of board and organizational development, governance, and planning. She writes about management and leadership issues for cultural institutions in her blog, Leading by Design. She is also a regular presenter on issues of museum ethics, executive leadership, financial management, and board roles and responsibilities. Anne teaches AASLH’s Small Museum Pro online course on museum leadership and administration.

Previously, Anne served as director of several historic house museums and historical societies in central and eastern New York, as director of the Museum Association of New York, and as executive director of the national Council of State Archivists.

Anne is a co-founder of the Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM). She is a co-author with Joan H. Baldwin of Women in the Museum: Lessons from the Workplace (2017). Anne and Joan also co-authored Leadership Matters, a book examining history museum leadership for the 21st century, published in 2013 by Rowman & Littlefield, AASLH’s publishing partner.