The Museum Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (MLI@ CGU) provides educational opportunities designed to enhance the leadership of experienced museum professionals and strengthen institutional capabilities.

The MLI philosophy for advancing leadership in the museum field is built on a straightforward framework:
• Know yourself—understand and leverage your own leadership style;
• Know your museum—understand the strengths and weaknesses of your team and institution; and
• Know your field—understand trends, scope opportunities, analyze threats, and dedicate your efforts to moving the field forward.

Executive Education for Museum Leaders

The renowned Museum Leadership Institute for executive leaders has over 40 years of history. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities and advance the field.

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Executive Education for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders

NextGen is a blended-learning experience for the museum field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for professionals who are in the first 3-5 years of a new mid-level management position, and who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential.

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The Museum Leadership Institute faculty comes from top ranking institutions including the USC Marshall School of Business and the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. We work with practitioners and leaders in the areas of audience engagement, development, and leadership.

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Alumni Testimonials

“Thank you to everyone. I really can’t tell you how much this experience meant to me. I came back really renewed in mind and spirit. I really loved every moment of this experience, the bus rides, the walks, the sessions, the assessments, the people!” – GLI 2018 Participant

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done professionally, and I have no doubt it will influence my work for years to come. Thank you!” – NextGen 2017 Participant

“GLI showed me the importance of looking at the value of my work beyond a single institution and it’s impact on society and the field at large.” – GLI 2016 Participant

“The way the GLI team had set up everything it allowed us to be able to take the best of everything – the arrangement and organization was incredible so we could focus 100%.” -GLI 2017 Participant