GEMM Circles

Past GEMM Circles

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

GEMM Circle with the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network

The National Emerging Museum Professionals Network and GEMM Steering Committee members enjoyed a GEMM Circle talking about how all museum professionals navigate discussing gender issues in the workspace.  The NEMPN provided a resource document for folks to explore. Download the GEMM NEMPN resource document here.

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March 17, 2022

GEMM Circle: How Can Unions Fight for Gender Equity?

11am PT/ 12pm MT/ 1pm CT/ 2pm ET 


Join GEMM on Thursday, March 17, 2022 (11 PT/ 12 MT/ 1CT/ 2 ET) for our next GEMM Circle "How Can Unions Fight for Gender Equity?" with Kara Furman from the Philly Museum of Art.  The COVID-19 pandemic has not only highlighted systemic inequities in the workplace but created new issues often drawn on gender lines. What role do unions--and the fight to create them--play in raising awareness of these problems and working towards gender equity?


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Thursday, September 16, 2021:
Women in Preservation with Nzilani Glass

11 PT/ 12 MT/ 1CT/ 2 ET 


About Ariana Makau:  

Makau is the second person in the world – and the first woman to receive a Master’s Degree in Stained Glass Conservation from the Royal College of Art in London. Equally comfortable on a job site, at a board meeting or in a museum, Makau has over 25 years of experience with art and architectural preservation. She is a Board Member and Health and Safety Chair of the Stained Glass Association of America and is a Fellow of AIC. Before Nzilani, she worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, London’s V&A Museum, and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Nzilani Glass Conservation is one of the few companies in the United States qualified to create new or preserve historical glass works. Explore the company website here:

Explore More about Makau and her incredible work:

Portrait of Ariana Makau, Founder of Nzilani Glass Conservation
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Thursday, October 21, 2021:
GEMM Circle on Anti-Bullying with Tamsin Russell

11 PT/ 12 MT/ 1CT/ 2 ET

Download Tamsin's PPT presentation for GEMM here.

About Tamsin Russel:
Tamsin’s career to date has been on workforce and organisational development and she has worked in both public and private sectors, moving to the cultural sector 20 years ago.

Starting as head of training and development for the Science Museum Group, she led the function and implemented new approaches to leadership development; at National Museums Scotland highlights included the development of their Competency Framework, at Historic Environment Scotland her role was in organisational transformation and at National Trust for Scotland she worked on a comprehensive online resource looking at organisational change.

Her current role at the Museums Association (MA) looks at workforce and careers in the broadest sense. Providing career workshops, speaking on workforce ethics, equality, and wellbeing; as well as leading all the MA’s formal professional development, mentoring and online learning programmes. Her recent research Sticks and Stones: Bullying in Museums has highlighted the extent and diversity of the experience of the sectors workforce and the report and recommendations to affect change to become a sector with a zero-tolerance to bullying.

In addition to her paid role Tamsin volunteers for Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of Scottish Government on their Recognition Scheme Panel and as an accreditation mentor. Tamsin works with Arts Council England sitting on the UK Accreditation Committee; is a Steering Group member of the Heritage Volunteers Group, leading on the equality and inclusion work, as well as undertaking pro bono and paid freelance work for the sector.

For more insights into #Museums and #Careers follow her on Twitter - @TamsinRussell or email


Thursday, November 18, 2021:
GEMM Circle during the NEMA Conference

11 PT/ 12 MT/ 1CT/ 2 ET