ECPN Fall Webinar Announcement – Emerging Leaders in Conservation: Developing Leadership Skills as an Early-Career Professional

The Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) is pleased to introduce our next webinar, “Emerging Leaders in Conservation: Developing Leadership Skills as an Early-Career Professional,” which will take place on Thursday, October 27th from 12-1 pm (EST).
We are delighted to welcome three guest speakers to explore this topic. Our presenters have varied backgrounds and represent different career stages, but each has displayed great leadership aptitude: International Institute for Conservation (IIC) President Sarah Staniforth, who recently co-taught the workshop at the Winterthur Museum, “Learning to Lead: Training for Heritage Preservation Professionals,” in April 2016; Paper Conservator Michelle Facini from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, a Fellow of AIC who has formerly chaired the Book and Paper Specialty Group; and Molly Gleeson, a Project Conservator in Objects Conservation at the Penn Museum, Professional Associate of AIC, and former chair of ECPN.
The presenters will briefly introduce theoretical information pertaining to leadership styles, discuss why it can be important to cultivate leadership skills, and consider what it means to be a leader at any stage of your profession. The speakers will also draw from their experiences to discuss specific instances in their careers that have required leadership skills. Finally, we will be discussing strategies for early-career professionals to cultivate leadership skills and provide information on additional resources for individuals who would like to learn more.
Attendance is free and open to all AIC members. To register to watch the webinar, please visit our registration website. If you are unable to view the program on October 27th, or are not a member of AIC, the full video will be recorded and uploaded onto the AIC YouTube Channel.
We would like to hear from you with any questions up until the morning of the webinar. Please feel free to email or submit questions as comments to this post. These questions will either be answered during a Q&A session or follow-up blog post or session.
Please read on to learn more about the speakers:
SARAH STANIFORTH was elected President of the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) in January 2013. Sarah is a Fellow of IIC, the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society of Arts. From January 2011 – June 2014, Sarah was Museums and Collections Director at the National Trust. She was Historic Properties Director from 2005-2010 and Head Conservator from 2002-2004, and she joined the National Trust in 1985 as Adviser on Paintings Conservation and Environmental Control.  Sarah studied easel paintings conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has also written and lectured extensively on preventive conservation for collections in museums and historic houses; some of this work is recorded in the National Trust Manual of Housekeeping and Historical Perspectives on Preventive Conservation. Sarah was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours 2015.
MICHELLE FACINI is an American Institute of Conservation Fellow, the former Chair of the Book and Paper Specialty Group, and a paper conservator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She has a forthcoming publication describing Degas pastels on tracing paper and has presented research in the past on the preservation of oversized artworks and the materials and techniques in illuminated manuscripts. Michelle regularly collaborates with curators and conservation scientists, as well as conservation colleagues, globally. She received her Masters of Science in art conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program and has worked at the National Archives and Records Administration. She participated in fellowships and internships with the British Museum, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
MOLLY GLEESON is the Schwartz Project Conservator at the Penn Museum. Since 2012, Molly has worked in the museum’s open conservation lab, “In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies.” She has worked as conservator for the University of Pennsylvania’s excavations in South Abydos, Egypt since 2015. Prior to joining the Penn Museum Conservation Department, she worked on contract in Southern California and as a Research Associate on the UCLA and Getty Conservation Institute feather research project. She completed her M.A. in 2008 at the UCLA/Getty Master’s Program in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials. She is an American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Professional Associate and is a co-chair of AIC’s Archaeological Discussion Group (ADG).