Dr. Laura Calamos Nasir enjoys working as a boundary spanner, serving to bridge numerous professional disciplines and partnerships in daily practice. As the Interim President of the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago, Illinois, she first came to the museum as a strategic advisor then trustee, then executive manager on staff. Taking a fresh approach to this position, she uses her experiences as a community educator, primary care nurse, professor and ethnographer to uncover the opportunities to increase understanding, improve service delivery and facilitate change.
Building trust between all the stakeholders of a museum—from board to staff to community members—is about hearing what is most important from each perspective, and building meaningful links. In this talk, Laura will explore the realities of positioning a museum and cultural institution as a learning organization, while at the same time honoring heritage and facing a complex future.
Dr. Laura Calamos Nasir earned her Ph.D. from King’s College London, England and she holds a postgraduate certificate in academic practice. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with special teaching interests in lifelong learning, online delivery and experiential education. As an author, university lecturer and esteemed conference speaker across North America, Africa and Europe, Laura is internationally recognized for teaching advanced communication skills, teamwork and leadership. She has been on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2003, and recently joined the adjunct faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Engaging interdisciplinary groups every day, she works to develop meaningful processes in the co-creation of shared, continuous learning cultures, at work and in the community.