Events Professional Development

April 18: Workshop: Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

April 18 | 6 – 8 PM | The New Children’s Museum

It takes seven seconds to make a first impression, so why not start off on the right foot with an elevator pitch that is professional, memorable and confident? San Diego EMP is here to help you craft a 30-second pitch to help you ride the elevator all the way to the top!

Alison Urban, long time education specialist for organizations such as the San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Playhouse and Michael Warburton, Director of Parkwide Communications at the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership will facilitate.

Come prepared to practice your elevator pitch in a supportive, collaborative environment!

Suggested donation: $10
Includes free elevator pitch resource, snacks, and parking

The New Children’s Museum
200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Free Parking!
The parking garage is located directly behind the museum and is accessible from either Front or Union Street. Park only in GREEN museum spots. Please arrive between 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm for parking. Parking is only available during the event. The garage is not accessible after the event. Any cars parked outside of a museum spot or left after the event are subject to towing.

Learn More About Our Presenters!

Michael Warburton: Director, Parkwide Marketing, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Michael is currently the Director, Parkwide Communications for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a non-profit supporting 30 organizations residing on the 1,200 acre Balboa Park campus. In this role, he is focused on building the Balboa Park brand and positioning the Park as a must-visit destination. Michael was formerly the Associate Director of Communications for the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, among other leadership roles held during his 20+ years with the non-profit San Diego Zoo Global.

Alison Urban, PhD Student, UC San Diego

Alison Urban is a second-year PhD student. She holds a B.A.Honors in Drama in Education & Community from University of Windsor and a M.A. in Drama with a specialization in Theatre for Social Action from University of Alberta. Prior to studying at UC San Diego, Alison was the Associate Director of Education & Outreach at La Jolla Playhouse working with schools to bring drama based cross-curricular arts integration into classrooms. Areas of interest include theatre with youth at-risk, Theatre of the Oppressed, cultural memory, and informal education. Based on her nine years as an educator at the San Diego Zoo, Alison is focusing her research on theatre in museum spaces. Career highlights include joker training with Augusto Boal, handling endangered species, and learning to drive a double-decker bus!

Events Networking Professional Development

September 6: Smith Leadership Symposium

September 6 | 9AM – 5:30PM | The San Diego Museum of Art / Fleet Science Center

San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals are invited to attend the 2017 Smith Leadership Symposium: Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement on Wednesday, September 6 in Balboa Park.

This year’s Smith Leadership Symposium will explore the connection between social responsibility and civic engagement. What is your organization’s social responsibility to the arts, culture, and science community, as well as, the community at large? How can organizations be more civically engaged? This professional development opportunity will bring together local and national speakers for a full day of learning opportunities focused on how individuals can be advocates for not only themselves, but for organizations as a whole through civil discourse and inclusive programming.

Speakers: Shamell Bell a dancer and Community Organizer and Arts & Culture liaison with Black Lives Matter LA, Milenko Matanovic founder of the Pomegranate Center in Seattle, Monica O. Montgomery founding Director and Curator of the Museum of Impact, and Mike Murawski Director of Education and Public Programs from the Portland Art Museum. Learn more about the program and what they’ll be sharing.

Registration is now open! ​San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals receive $5 off each ticket price ($20 in savings!) – enter promotional code Affiliate_Org. Register here!

**Planning to take a group of 10 or more? Email for group rates!**

Events Networking Professional Development

April 27: Building Relationships to Propel Your Career Panel

April 27 | 6 – 8 PM | San Diego Art Institute

In the arts and culture world, it’s often a game of “who you know.” You know the importance of networking, but what does it really take to build authentic, long-lasting professional relationships?

Join San Diego Emerging Museum Professionals and industry experts as they share their secrets to building meaningful professional relationships throughout their career.

We’ll cover the do’s and don’ts and provide insight about ways to advance within the industry you love through networking. Don’t forget to bring your questions on how to create relationships that will get you to your next career goal!


Erika Katayama | Exhibits Director, San Diego Museum of Man
Jessica York | Director of External Relations, Mingei International Museum
Michael Field | Exhibit Designer, San Diego Natural History Museum
Lissa Corona | Interim Executive Director, San Diego Art Institute

RSVP Here!

Please note that RSVP is required as space is limited. Tickets are $10 each, light snacks and beverages included. Please contact for questions. 

See you there,

San Diego EMP