Especially for You: Presidents, CEOs, and Executive Directors

Although the official conference runs Saturday–Tuesday, September 29–October 2, chief executives will find focused opportunities on the preceding Friday, to network, share what’s working (and what’s not), and roll up our sleeves to work on ways for institutions and our field to increase impact in our communities and around the world.

If you already signed up for ASTC2018, you can add these to your existing registration, or consider who else in your organization will benefit from these rare opportunities to meet with other science center and museum people who share your challenges and passions.


CEO Forum
Friday, September 28, 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Join us for an honest and open discussion of issues critical to our field, ways to improve the function and impact of science centers around the world, and what you need from ASTC to support that going forward.
For chief executives of science centers, museums and institutions. Preregistration required.


Up the Learning Curve:
Tips and Networking for New CEOs and Senior Leaders

Friday, September 28, 2:00 –5:00 p.m.

For those new to science center leadership in the past three years so—and a senior leader on their team—this workshop will be a chance to dig into relevant topics together and build supportive peer networks, with help from experienced science center and museum leaders.
Preregistration required.


There are also two events further along in the conference that are places for you to talk about some of the big questions and emerging themes from the conference—and to continue to build your network of people who work in environments similar to your own.


Development Breakfast
Monday, October 1, 8:00 – 9 a.m.

For institutional leaders and fundraising professionals, this event will explore corporate social responsibility (CSR), nonprofit-corporate partnerships and ecosystems, and the ways that initiatives can achieve (and demonstrate) the most impact with Carolyn Berkowitz, President & CEO of the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals.
This event is open to all, but preregistration required.


CEO/Trustee Luncheon
Monday, October 1, 12:30–2:00 p.m.

This gathering is designed to offer museum CEOs and the board members they bring to the conference with an opportunity to get acquainted, network, and candidly address issues of mutual interest. It is open to museum CEOs and trustees only and is sponsored by PGAV Destinations.
Open to museum chief executives and trustees. Preregistration required.


And, whether you are already a member or interested in joining, the Association of Science Museum Directors invites you to a reception on Saturday, September 29, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Additional opportunities abound for meeting peers who wear hats similar to yours—browse the online program or explore some of these sessions of interest to science center and museum leaders:


Aligning Your Agendas with Those of Your Visitors: Lessons Learned from Zoos and Aquariums


Building Science Capital and Engaging New Audiences in STEM Experiences


A Business within a Business: How Research Centers Drive Both Impact and Revenue


Digging Deeper: Grassroots Efforts to Build a More Equitable and Inclusive Staff Culture


Embracing Industry: Aligning Funders with Your Mission


Future Thinking in Science Centers


Global Trends and the Role of Science Centers


How to Uncover and Use All the Talent in Your Organization


The Innovators’ Journey: The Power of Museum Experiences to Inspire the Next Generation of Innovators


Leading Change and Learning to Love It


Managing Leadership Transition: Well-planned, Bumpy, and Abrupt


Prototyping to Build Capacity: Using Iteration Processes to Facilitate Cross-departmental Collaborations and Change