Thriving museums require strong leaders, and MMA is committed to helping build the community of leaders for Michigan’s museums. This year-long leadership series will use monthly online programs to help build skills and increase knowledge for participants. Program content will alternate between developing who you uniquely are as a leader and understanding diversity, inclusion and equity, both of which are required for successful leadership.

The series is appropriate for all levels and roles in an organization, not just those with direct reports or who are in leadership positions currently. The series is geared toward the museum community, but others are welcome as well. 

Series sessions will be led by Greg Mutch and Abbey Johnston of AG Collaborative and Katena Cain from Nonprofit Network

Participants who have attended all twelve sessions will receive a certificate at the end of the year. 


MMA Member* $40
Non-Member $80

*MMA members need to log-in to access the member rate. 

Upcoming Sessions

The MMA 2021 Leadership Series is offered every third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am. 

Inner Critic  
July 21, 10:00 am

In this session we will uncover the, often subconscious, negative scripts that keep  our leadership stuck and stagnant. We will give tools to help participants decrease  the power of these messages and increase their leadership impact. Led by AG Collaborative.

Understanding Unconscious and Implicit Bias
August 18, 10:00 am

Implicit bias is something we all have. This session examines what it is, how it differs from overt bias, how to recognize our own, and how we move past bias through action. Led by Nonprofit Network.

The Power of Listening
September 15, 10:00 am

In this sessions participants will look at communication fundamentals, unpack the  power of presence and learn a specific tool for increasing our impact through  listening. Led by AG Collaborative.

The Layers of Our Identities
Wednesday, October 20, 10:00 am
Through this session, participants will gain a better foundational understanding of social identities, what they are, how they are formed, and how social identities interact with systems of oppression in the form of social advantages and disadvantages. Led by Nonprofit Network.

Navigating Tough Conversations
Wednesday, November 17, 10:00 am
Tough conversations are - by definition - TOUGH. In this session participants will  learn a specific strategy for increasing their effectiveness in these vital but  unpleasant conversations. Led by AG Collaborative.

Implementing Diversity in the Organization: Strategies to Advance the Work
Wednesday, December 15, 10:00 am
Culturally Competent and Inclusive organizations yield effective results. This interactive session will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect and discuss current topics on diversity and inclusion and ultimately lead to the development of strategies for building and leading effective, culturally competent teams. Led by Nonprofit Network.

  Session Presenters

AG Collaborative

Abbey Johnston (R) and Greg Mutch (L) are co-creators of AG Collaborative, a leadership and people development company operating from the belief that every organization’s greatest strength lies within its people.

Unlocking and unleashing the brilliance of your people is a game changer. We take a stand for co-facilitated experiences that are fun, engaging, inspiring, and transformative - over the long haul. This is what creates better leaders, better teams, better humans.

Abbey works in the leadership space to empower people - especially women - to be big in the world and unapologetic in their leadership. A Gallup-Certified Coach with an Executive Coaching Certification through the ECI Institute at UC Berkeley, she believes our greatest opportunity for owning our influence and impact lies at the intersection of Communications + Leadership.

Greg is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and leadership guru rooted in two core values of authenticity and aliveness that seeks both what is real (no BS) and shakes us awake to the wonder of ourselves and the world we inhabit. In 2019, he got to slap hands with Brené Brown while becoming a Certified Dare To Lead™ Facilitator.

Nonprofit Network

Katena Cain, PhD is a Management Consultant skilled at helping diverse groups and communities think creatively and collaboratively together. She empowers people to translate conflict and differences into creative breakthrough. Her passion is creating environments where individuals, teams, and organizations can transform and shift old ways of doing things.

Katena specializes in leadership and team development, board governance, strategic planning and communication. She is skilled in Cognitive Coaching, is a certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer, and is a co-creator of a statewide Diversity, Inclusion and Equity toolkit. Her ongoing clients represent a broad range of groups, including police departments, local municipalities, schools, religious institutions, social services and human services.

Katena holds a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University. 

Completed Sessions

Diversity M&M: Microaggressions & Marginalization
Wednesday, June 16, 10:00 am
This session is an interactive exercise tailored to assist in giving participates an opportunity to self-reflect on their interactions within diverse groups. Workshop participants will understand how to discuss microaggressions, build inclusive groups, and use inclusive language. Workshop participants will also discuss marginalized groups and learn about a framework for moving from tolerance to acceptance. Led by Nonprofit Network.

Courageous Leadership 
Wednesday, May 19, 10:00 am
In this session we will leverage the research of Dr. Brené Brown and her Dare To Lead program by introducing the 4 skill sets of courage. We will zero in on what keeps us from being brave leaders and creating brave spaces  and what we can do to become more daring leaders. Led by AG Collaborative.

Cross-Cultural Communication 
Wednesday, April 21, 10:00 am
This session engages participants in conversations regarding “what gets in the way” when communicating across difference. This workshop reviews interactive communication theory and U.S. domestic dynamics of Human Diversity. Participants will work with each other in discussing and applying this information in varied situations. Led by Nonprofit Network.

Inner Game of Leadership
Wednesday, March 17, 10:00 am
Our leadership growth happens from the inside out. This workshop will explore the  key elements that make up the “inner game” of leadership and how change here has the power to make change everywhere. Led by AG Collaborative

Beyond the Buzzwords: Creating a Common Language relevant to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Wednesday, February 17, 10:00 am 
This interactive session is designed to help participants learn more about the breadth and depth of diversity, equity and inclusion. Definitions, types, and issues relevant to diversity, equity and inclusion are explored. Participants will have an opportunity to explore their identities as well as learn about how the application of these terms can be utilized in the workplace. Led by Nonprofit Network.

Redefining Leadership  
Wednesday, January 20, 10:00 am
As our world becomes increasingly complex we need every person in our  organization to show up and lead (in their unique way) for better outcomes, better  solutions, better impact, and a better world. In this session you will explore a new perspective on leadership. Led by AG Collaborative.

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Thank you to our Partners!

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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