Museum Mingling: Keeping Staff Connected

Brooke Rosenblatt, foreground, talks with Scott S and other colleagues over lunch in the cafe this past Monday. Photo: Sue Nichols

Phillips employee Brooke Rosenblatt, foreground, and colleagues talk with trustee Scott Spector over lunch in the café this past Monday. Photo: Sue Nichols

Our museum is fortunate to have a cadre of absolutely fantastically devoted trustees, and they are very supportive of museum staff. To give the trustees and staff a chance to get acquainted, we have instituted a series of mingling opportunities. These include lunches with a small number of staff members and a single trustee,  as well as periodic group lunches where several trustees and a larger number of staff gather for a musical chairs buffet lunch, giving everyone a chance for informal conversation. Brooke Rosenblatt, Manager of Programs and In-Gallery Interpretation, attended one of these lunches on Monday and shares her take on the experience:

“At the lunchtime meet-up, I got to know a couple of our Board members better. For instance, Carolyn Small Alper and I discussed her artistic and design practice; Scott Spector shared his insight on local neighborhoods and DC’s changing landscape. I really appreciated how both asked me about my experience of the Phillips and my contributions to the museum. In the comfort of our Tryst at the Phillips café,  I stayed right up until the end and enjoyed learning more about our museum’s governing body. And so did many of my colleagues.”

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