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Creating Doors and Rooms: Taking Risks, Engaging Marginalized Communities, and Challenging the Status Quo

Despite the resonant theme of plant biodiversity inherent in the public garden sector, institutions grapple with a staggering lack of human biodiversity in their staffs, member base, donors, and audiences. To achieve inclusivity and maintain relevance...

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7/9/19
Finding Balance across Departments at Multi-Attraction Gardens

Many of our institutions are much more than gardens: historic estates, zoos, university campuses, event spaces, and sculpture parks. Within any organization, having a diverse set of attractions can potentially lead to confusion about mission or become...

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6/22/18
New Botanical Gardens: Balancing Growth and Innovation

Learn about new botanical gardens projects under development in Fort Collins, Pittsburgh, and Santa Fe, cities of diverse populations, geographic regions, and cultural histories. Executive Directors from these institutions will discuss strategies for...

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6/21/18
Motivating Your Staff

Presented at the 2018 Small Gardens Symposium by Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, this presentation will cover how to motivate your staff and why that is important to the success of a garden. 

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1/17/18
Movin’ On Up: The Opportunities and Challenges of Becoming Executive Director

Do you aspire to work your way “up the ladder”? While exciting, the leap can be harrowing, fraught with challenges along the way. But you don’t have to go it alone! Join this courageous group of new botanic garden leaders as they share their...

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7/9/17
BHS The Keys to Interviewing, Hiring, Managing, and Maintaining a Superior Visitor Services Team

What are the best questions to ask in an interview to tease out the strengths you are seeking? How do you keep your Visitor Services team motivated, energized, and positive 100% of the time? How do you manage effective teams that will remain in service...

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7/9/17
Grow Your Staff, Grow Your Garden

Every organization needs to find innovative ways of doing more with existing resources. In public gardens our staff can be both our biggest asset and most flexible resource. Creating a culture of growth begins with vision and leadership. Strategically...

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7/9/17
Creating a Healthy Balance of Ownership: Empowering Team Members while Advancing Institutional Goals

Granting ownership and autonomy instills a sense of pride and generates institutional loyalty among staff members. The panel will explore how institutions can benefit from these gains while having confidence that each employee is working to advance the...

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7/9/17
Sage Advice: Changing Perspectives of Emerging & Emerged Public Garden Professionals

Are you an aspiring public garden leader or looking to find new talent for your team? We all know that emerging into the public garden profession isn’t always a straightforward process, so we’re here to open...

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9/24/16
Preparing the Next Generation of Transformational Leaders of Cultural Institutions

As a leader or emerging leader, does your staff feel trust, admiration, loyalty, and respect for you? Does your staff work harder than expected to accomplish your institution’s goals? Hear and engage panelists...

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9/24/16
Inspired Internships: Infusing Leadership Experiences into High School-, Undergraduate- & Graduate-Level Internships

How can we help identify and train the public garden and environmental leaders of tomorrow? By starting early! Find out how four institutions are infusing authentic leadership experiences into their...

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9/24/16
Peer Power: Using a Peer Review Process to Galvanize Your Public Garden

Harness the power of your peers! Public gardens of all shapes and sizes can benefit from seeking expert opinions. Professionals from many diverse gardens will share their experiences with peer reviews as tools...

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9/24/16