Update from the Chair

AIC News Network Column, May 2019

Annual Meeting Programing

It’s not too late to register for ECPN’s programming during the AIC Annual Meeting in Connecticut! Please see full event descriptions and RSVP on Sched, or register for ticketed events

Ticketed Events: 

- Emerging Leaders Seminar: Art of Diplomacy - Leading with Influence. Tuesday, May 14th, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Attendance is limited to 24 participants 

- ECPN Leadership Lunch Lecture: To Serve is to Lead. Wednesday, May 15th, 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch included! 

Free Events: 

- ECPN Networking Happy Hour. Tuesday, May 14th, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. We request that if you are planning to attend the ECPN Networking Happy Hour, please RSVP on the Sched page for the event. 

- ECPN Information Session. Wednesday, May 15th, 12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Sponsorship has generously been provided by the Getty Conservation Institute and ANAGPiC. 


ECPN collaborated with the Equity and Inclusion Committee to offer the webinar “Gender Equity in the Conservation Field.” ECPN’s communications officers coordinated a series of related posts on social media to share information and generate interest in the topic.

The webinar took place on April 27 and featured Joan Baldwin and Anne Ackerson, authors of the Leadership Matters blog and co-founders of the Gender Equity in Museums Movement. Joan and Anne discussed issues of gender equity and leadership as they pertain to the conservation field and to the museum sector at large, including suggestions for promoting and supporting the fair allocation of resources and decision-making power to both men and women. 

The full video recording is available on ECPN’s Playlist on the AIC & FAIC YouTube channel.


Continuing with our International Education Interview Series, this blog post features Sarah Giffin’s experiences as she pursued her MA in Principles of Conservation and an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums from University College London.

Specialty Group Liaison Highlights Series

ECPN is pleased to feature two of our Specialty Group Liaisons who served during the 2018-19 term: Lindsay Dobrovolny, Liaison to the Architecture Specialty Group, and Karen Bishop, Liaison to the Wooden Artifacts Specialty Group. Past highlights may be viewed on ECPN’s Liaison Program News webpage.

Employment Survey

ECPN’s Chair, Vice Chair, and Professional Education and Training officers have been working hard to analyze the results of the Emerging Conservation Professional Employment Survey developed and circulated in late 2018. The results will be shared with AIC Membership during the 47th AIC Annual Meeting in Connecticut.

2019-20 Term

It has been a great pleasure working with all of the officers on the committee, and I’d like to express heartfelt thanks for their hard work and dedication this term. Incoming officers will be announced during the 47th AIC Annual Meeting at the ECPN Information Session on May 15th. 

I have been honored to serve AIC and the emerging conservation community over the last three years and to see the impact of ECPN’s programming and resources. I have no doubt ECPN will continue to provide a positive force for our field! 

—Kari Rayner, ECPN Chair

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