Membership now means Mentorship!

Our newest perk offers a great professional development opportunity whether you are a veteran or a newbie in the museum tech community. Participation in the MCN Mentorship program helps you grow your professional network, build leadership skills, practice personal communication strategies, and much more. Lasting only 9 months but requiring regular commitments of time and energy, there is no better (or more fun) way to discuss and plan your career goals than with a trusted partner who can give you quality feedback from an objective POV. Our program is flexible, and we have space for every kind of person, so if you are interested in working in a peer-to-peer structure rather than a traditional senior/junior pairing that’s welcome too.

Don’t believe it? Ask one of our pioneer participants from the 2017 class:

  • Greg Albers (Digital Publications Manager, J. Paul Getty Trust) with Caitlin Kearney (Digital Content Developer, The Field Museum)
  • Douglas Hegley (Director of Media and Technology, Minneapolis Institute of Art) with Andrea Ledesma (Research Associate at the Digital Public Library of America)
  • Tim Svenonius (Senior Content Strategist, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) with Rachel Ropeik (Manager of Public Engagement, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)
  • Charlotte Sexton (Director, Charlotte Sexton Associates) with Rachel Rabinowitz (Visitor Services Coordinator, Historic London Town and Gardens)
  • Kelsey Johnston (Social Media Specialist, National Aquarium) with Keir Winesmith (Head of Digital at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art)
  • Darren Mulligan (Senior Digital Strategist, Center for Learning and Digital Access, Smithsonian Institution) with Laura Hoffman (Manager of K-12 of Digital and Educator Initiatives, The Phillips Collection)
  • Liz Neely (Senior Director of Integrated Content, AAM) with Erin Harper (Multimedia Producer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
  • Tina Shah (Senior Developer, Art Institute of Chicago) with Sara Cardello (Educational Specialist, Smithsonian Libraries)
  • Brendan Ciecko (CEO @ Cuseum) with Sean Blinn (Jacobus Vanderveer House and Museum)
  • Scott Sayre (Chief Digital Officer, Corning Museum of Glass) with Desi Gonzalez (Manager of Digital Engagement, Warhol Museum) and Susan Wigodner (Web and Digital Project Manager, The Field Museum)

Want to learn more?

  • Join us at MCN 2017 on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 1:15-2:15pm ET.
  • Fill out the Mentorship Program Application form for the 2018-2019 Mentorship Program (available starting November 1st).

Fine print:

Participants:

  • Mentors and mentees are selected through an application process.
  • For senior/junior pairings, mentors are understood to be professionals with more than five years experience in the sector. Mentees are students and emerging professionals (< 5 years experience).
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship participants can be in either of these categories, but must be at approximately the same point in their careers.
  • MCN Mentorship is an exclusive benefit of membership: you must be a current MCN member to participate.

Expectations:

  • Mentorship pairs are expected to attend an online orientation at the start of the program and meet at least once a month throughout the entirety of the program.
  • Mentees will create a list of goals that they plan to accomplish by participating in the program.
  • In the case of peer-to-peer pairings both participants will create a list. At the conclusion of the program, all participants will be asked to fill out a self-evaluation to examine what they’ve accomplished and identify some tangible take-aways they learned over the course of their mentorship relationship.