This month marks a big transition for the Noyce Leadership Institute as the second cohort wraps up its final retreat and the third prepares for its first face-to-face meeting. The second cohort’s Capstone Retreat, held April 21–24 in the Washington, D.C. area, offered an opportunity for the participants to reflect on the future of their leadership and the role of their centers in the evolution of their communities and the science center field. The event featured group presentations by the 2009–2010 Fellows, which were attended by representatives from ASTC, the Noyce Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the American Association of Museums, the Association of Children’s Museums, and the National Science Foundation.
The start of the third cohort of NLI Fellows marks a distinct change in the program’s format. In contrast to prior cohorts that focused on CEOs, the 2010–2011 cohort includes senior managers inside and outside the field with the passion and potential to work as a CEO, COO, or another senior executive position within a science center or children’s museum. After a competitive application process, 18 participants were selected in February. The Fellows began meeting via audio conference in March, and will meet for their Opening Retreat in San Diego, California, May 15–23.
About the image: Ronen Mir, general director, MadaTech, Haifa, Israel, and Margie Marino, executive director, North Museum of Natural History, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, brainstorm ways to engage new audiences in their centers during Cohort 2’s Capstone Retreat. Photo by Jennifer Zoffel