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Saturday, November 7 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
New Museum Technology Leaders Reflect on Their Adventures

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In the past 18 months, the museum sector has seen an influx of new, experienced technology leaders. Five of these professionals will participate in a moderated discussion to share their fresh perspectives on technology in the museum and cultural heritage arena. Each brings a unique set of experiences and a deep knowledge base to their new posts. Let’s find out what they’ve observed, how they are applying their skills, and what the future holds for all five at their new organizations.

This session will be a moderated discussion that includes discussion around the following questions: Why did you join our field? How did you get recruited? What sold you on the job?What sector(s) did you come from, what do you bring from that experience into your new field?What should museums be integrating/implementing that you have experience with in your previous stop(s)? What have you observed in our field so far? What surprised you - did anything really make your jaw drop? What’s giving you the biggest headaches so far? What do you see as most-entrenched in museums? How does it differ from your past experience? Okay, honestly, did you think it would be “easy”? Has it been? How could we be “more popular” with the commercial sector - get on their radar, get better services? Are we really under-resourced? How do we compare to your previous stop(s)? Any advice for us? Please! What questions do you still have? What will you be digging into next? Plus: plenty of opportunities for questions and answers

Moderator: Douglas Hegley, Director of Media and Technology, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Panelists - alphabetical order:
Doug Allen, CIO, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Anne Bennett, CIO, Toledo Museum of Art
Tim Rager, Director of Technology, Seattle Art Museum
Richard Scott, Director of Information Services, Detroit Institute of Arts
Bryon Thornburgh, Director of Technology, Denver Art Museum

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Douglas Hegley

Chief Digital Officer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Doug Allen

CIO, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
New to the museum world, but have worked in both for-profit (financial services and retail) and not-for-profits (higher ed and classical music) for over 30 years.

Anne Bennett

CIO, Toledo Museum of Art

Tim Rager

Director of Technology, Seattle Art Museum
Tim Rager is the Director of Technology for the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Tim was excited to join SAM in 2014 to help deliver highly effective back-office solutions as well as digital experiences that enliven, excite and engage their community. Current projects include strategic planning... Read More →
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Richard Scott

Director of Information Systems, Detroit Institute of Arts
I am new to the museum world, but have always enjoyed visiting museums when travelling. I have a 20+ year technology background in financial services, consulting, hospitality services and retail. I am excited to explore new uses of technology to further the Detroit Institute of Art's... Read More →
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Bryon Thornburgh

Director of Technology, Denver Art Museum
Bryon Thornburgh joined the Denver Art Museum in May 2014. He has spent his entire career working in technology, but this is his first position in the museum sector. Bryon's career has spanned a number of industries including manufacturing, local government, public relations and financial... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Great Lakes A1 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States

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