WestMusings 2014: Wendy Meluch

Track: 

  • Leadership/Careerpath

Wendy Meluch
Visitor Studies Consultant, Visitor Studies Services

Leading the Dance

Are you an activist for yourself and your career? How are you bringing your personal passions into your profession? Where are you in the dance of your museum career? Is it your time to take the lead? How will you shape the museum world?

In the museum world, Wendy Meluch is known as a busy evaluation and visitor studies consultant. For 17 years she has enjoyed working with a wide range of institutions including the Exploratorium, the Bishop Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Outside the museum world, Wendy, AKA Leyla, has enjoyed over 20 years as a professional belly dance performer, instructor and director. Wendy has reflected on her three developmental phases as a dancer—an Activist, Hostess, and Priestess—and noted the many similarities between those and the phases of museum careers, including Emerging Professional, Mid-career Professional, and Leader. Wendy's WestMusing explores how leadership and belly dance performance are similar, and describes those three phases of development, replete with dance moves that embody them. Where are you in the dance of your museum career? Are you prepared to lead dance?

All music by Light Rain
With generous permission by the artist, Doug Adamz
http://www.dougadamz.com

WestMusings 2014 was generously sponsored by Wells Fargo. The event was underwritten by and filmed at Springs Preserve.

Postproduction for WestMusings 2014 generously provided by Solstream Media (http://solstream.net/ss).

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