Who will mind the store? As Baby Boomers — who now make up a minimum of 25 percent of all museum positions — begin to retire, the field will find itself in a whole-scale search for new leadership. New York has about 1,900 museums and heritage organizations with about 12,000 employees. Between now and 2020, at least one in four of them will retire. "Who's Next? Questioning the Future of Museum Leadership in New York State" is an extensive white paper focused on the need for and goals for succession planning in museum leadership.
Around the Water Cooler discussion guides are based on the white paper and are designed to help staffs and boards get talking about succession planning and institutionalizing professional development opportunities.