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Back to School for CWB’s Executive Director

September 2, 2011

With the arrival of September I still feel that it’s “back to school” time.   I am looking forward to learning in so many venues over the next two months. I will be attending the national conference for the American Association for State and Local History in Virginia learning from colleagues about best practices for small museums, including a lunch with Executive Directors from around the country discussing “Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Through Crisis and Embracing Change.” It will also be a great honor for The Center for Wooden Boats to be one of the organizations recognized as one of the recipients of a national award at their Leadership in History Awards Banquet during the conference.

At the end of September I will attend an intensive two-day conference at Stanford Business School with speakers from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and leading practitioners from across the country. I particularly look forward to sessions about “Understanding and Adjusting Your Business Model” and “Building the Right Funding Model for Your Organization.”

In the later part of October I will be attending the Museum Small Craft Association conference, which will launch at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath with a tour of the museum’s large small craft collection and new visible storage. From there we will head down to Searsport with visits to boatbuilders along the way, ending at the Penobscot Marine Museum, where we’ll tour their extensive small boat collection.

It is wonderful to learn from peers, and closer to home both Dick and I will be attending the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council that will be held on October 1st up in Anacortes. The meeting will be facilitated by Council Co-chair Bryan Klassan of BC’s Brittania Shipyard.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals of Washington hosts a remarkable annual Symposium on Major Gifts and this year it will focus on “Creating the Environment for Major Gifts Through Meaningful Engagement”.  I know that Judith, CWB’s Member/Donor Specialist, and I will leave with new ideas.

I look forward to all this learning and will be happy to post a little information along the way.  Feel free to contact me with any questions, or let me know to keep my eyes out for you if you will also be attending any of these sessions!

Betsy Davis

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