Our speakers are thoughtfully selected to provide timely and relevant information to the arts, culture, science, and nonprofit field. With the help of the Informal Learning Leadership Collaborative, we have selected speakers and facilitators who will assist with your leadership questions and give guidance on leadership growth.

Panel Speakers

Alexander Zwissler | Einstellung Labs

Alexander Zwissler is the Principal of Einstellung Labsa consultancy working with museums and other non profit organizations around the country. Prior to the formation of Einstellung Labs, Zwissler was Executive Director/ CEO of Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland California.  Before Chabot, Zwissler was the Executive Director of the Fort Mason Center for the Arts and Culture in San Francisco, which followed a 17 year career in the cable television industry.

Diane Miller | Detroit Zoological Society

Diane joined the Detroit Zoological Society in 2013, after many years as Chief Educational Officer at the Saint Louis Science Center. She is an internationally recognized innovator of informal science education. She began her career in informal science education and community outreach as a part-time floor assistant at the California Science Center, formerly the California Museum of Science and Industry. Learn more

Lāth Carlson | Museum of the Future

Lāth has been working in and with museums for almost 30 years, starting as a part-time exhibit preparator while at university. He has built a reputation for leading unconventional museums. Recently he led the creative revival of The Tech Museum of Innovation in Silicon Valley, was the founding director of Paul Allen's museum of usable vintage computers in Seattle, and is now leading the new Museum of the Future in Dubai. Learn more

Lisa Hayes | Cultural Leader

Lisa Hayes is an accomplished theatre maker, writer, public historian, and cultural leader. Though she has performed in dozens of plays, it is her one-woman shows that have taken her to London, Edinburgh, Rome, Istanbul, Prague, The Hague, Glasgow, Toronto, and to venues from New York City to Los Angeles. Her solo performances include Crusading Mrs. Catt, Jane Eyre, Nurse! and Finding the Light. Her playwriting credits include the critically acclaimed musical about breast cancer, Breast in Show, and Bedside Manners, a play about doctor-nurse communication. She is a long-time practitioner and teacher of museum theatre, using theatre and theatrical techniques to enhance the visitor experience in museums and other settings. Learn more

Afternoon Breakout Session Facilitators

(Current Participants, subject to change)
  • Linda Abraham-Silver, Chief Executive Officer, Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas
  • Sharon Ament, Managing Director, The Museum of London, England
  • Concetta Bencivenga, Director, New York Transit Museum, New York
  • Marcie Benne, Evaluation and Visitor Studies Manager, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland
  • Julie Bowen, Consultant, Columbia Group
  • Andrea Durham, VP of Exhibits, Digital and Evaluation, Science World British Columbia
  • Cathryn Ferree, President and CEO, Indiana State Museum and Historical Sites, Indianapolis
  • Judy Gradwohl, CEO, San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego
  • Joe Hastings, Executive Director,  Explora, Albuquerque
  • Lindy Hoyer, Executive Director, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha
  • Joe Imholte, Vice President of Programs and Operations, The Bakken Museum, St. Paul
  • Amparo Leyman Pino, Education Consultant, San Francisco
  • Jennifer Martin, CEO Advisor, Experience Developer, Calgary, BC
  • Ellie McCallie, Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Dale McCreedy, Vice President of Audience & Community Engagement, Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Murfreesboro
  • Polly McKenna-Cress, Director, Museum Exhibition Planning + Design, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
  • Jill Measells, CEO, The Works, Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Rita Mukherjee Hoffstadt, Research Projects Director, Sacramento Area Science Project at UC Davis, School of Education
  • Whitney Owens, Chief Learning Officer, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati
  • Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director, The Wild Center
  • Jennifer Rickard, Deputy Director, Montshire Museum of Science
  • Thomas Rockwell, Director of Exhibits, The Exploratorium, San Francisco
  • Scott Sampson, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
  • Geno Schnell, Schnell Management Consulting
  • Tim Scott, Executive Director, Eugene Science Center, Eugene
  • Marsha Semmel, Principal, Marsha Semmel Consulting
  • Steve Snyder, Executive Director, Fleet Science Center, San Diego
  • Barbara Stauffer, Chief of Community Programs, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
  • Holly Truitt, Principal, Holly Truitt Consulting
  • Blake Wigdahl Principal, Process Curiosity
  • Patty Ward, Director of Science Exhibitions and Partnerships, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
  • Karen Wise, President, Wise Strategic Advising, Los Angeles