2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo

A Conversation with Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Museum Directors
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
St. Louis America's Center

Makeba Clay, former chief diversity officer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), will engage NMAfA Director Johnnetta Betsch Cole in a conversation that delves deeper into questions of diversity and inclusion that Cole addressed in her keynote at the 2015 AAM Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Their conversation will focus on why the very future of our museums-as well as of zoological parks and aquariums-requires greater diversity on our boards and staff, in our exhibitions and educational programs, and among our visitors.

Learner Outcome

    Learn about how social and political trends in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion impact the work of museums.
    Learn about best practices for building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive culture in your museum.
    Learn about strategies for leveraging cross-sector partnerships as a means for building capacity and achieving inclusion in museums.

Presenter: Johnnetta Cole
Role: Presenter
Title: Executive Director
Organization: National Museum of African Art

Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, is past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors. She received a doctorate in anthropology that focused on African Studies. Cole has been a professor and served as president of Spelman and Bennett Colleges. She has received numerous awards, including 67 honorary degrees.

Presenter: Makeba Clay
Role: Presenter
Title: Chief Diversity Officer
Organization: National Museum of African Art

Makeba L. Clay has worked in the field of higher education for the past 20 years at premiere educational institutions. She is a consultant with expertise in the areas of diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, leadership development, and organizational change. Ms. Clay formerly served as the Chief Diversity Officer at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.