Strategize Me! Personal Career Planning

ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon Friday, January 8, 2016   |  event code ALC2

We participate in strategic planning to chart our organization’s future, but how often in our personal careers do we stop and examine where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going? Strategize Me! is an engaging half-day workshop that invites participants to explore ways to energize their career paths by giving them tools, ideas, and a renewed sense of focus. This interactive workshop can help those facing job stagnation or frustration create positive change. Through personal hands-on work and small group discussions, participants will be energized by their own personal planning and through brainstorming with colleagues. 

At the end of this symposium, participants will…

  • reconnect with their careers
  • develop a personal strategic plan for their future
  • feel energized by their profession
  • gain a new sense of focus about their careers
  • use tools and develop ideas for career planning

This workshop is for anyone feeling frustrated by their job, ready to move to the next level but are unsure where they would like to go, those just starting out in the field, as well as those preparing to move beyond their careers into retirement.

Confirmed Speakers

Donia Conn, moderator

Anne Ackerson photo

Anne W. Ackerson works with cultural institutions on organizational issues, including planning and board development. She is co-author, with Joan Baldwin, of Leadership Matters, a book and related blog about history museum leadership. You can find her on Twitter where she's tweeting a lot about leadership, at @leadingbydesign or read her blog, Leading by Design.

Linda Norris photoLinda Norris is an independent professional, whose work focuses on the ways that we can strengthen community and cultural organizations' connections through compelling narratives, active conversations and the development of our own professional practice. She is the co-author,  with Rainey Tisdale, of Creativity in Museum Practice. She blogs at The Uncataloged Museum and you can also find her on Twitter at @lindabnorris and on Facebook as The Uncataloged Museum.

Space is limited so register early online through the ALA Midwinter Meeting website. Registration for the ALA Midwinter Meeting is not required to register for this symposium.

Registration Fees

$109 for ALCTS members (use special code ALCTS2016), $159 for ALA members, $224 for nonmembers

How to Register

Existing Midwinter Registrants

To add this event to your existing Midwinter Registration, please visit your dashboard link, which can be found in your confirmation email. If you need additional assistance or cannot locate your confirmation, please call CompuSystems at 866-513-0760 or email

New Midwinter Registrants

NOTE: A Midwinter Meeting registration is NOT required to register for an ALCTS Symposium.

If you have not already registered for the ALA Midwinter Meeting and would like to register for this symposium, please follow these instructions:

To Register Online

To register online, go to and everyone should click on the "I am a member and would like to register online" link.  You will be prompted to login before proceeding to the registration form.  ALA members should login with their ALA ID and password.  Nonmembers will need to create a guest ALA account by clicking on the “Don’t have an ALA account? Make One!” link in order to receive a Login ID and password.

To receive the ALCTS member discount, ALCTS members should be sure to enter “ALCTS2016” in the box under “If you have a promotional code, please enter it here.”  You must enter the code before leaving this page.

To Register by Mail

Download the registration form here. To indicate that you are registering for this ALCTS Symposium, you must enter the ALC1 Event Code under Section 2. To receive the ALCTS member discount, ALCTS members should be sure to write in the ALCTS2016 promotional code in Section 2 as well.

A Special Note to ALCTS Members: To receive the ALCTS member discounted rate, ALCTS members must mention the ALCTS2016 promotional code when registering.  When registering online, be sure to enter the promotional code in the “If You Have a Promotional Code” box before you leave page 1.   When registering by mail, write the promotional code along with the event code in Section 2.  When adding the event to your existing Midwinter Meeting registration, mention the promotional code when speaking with a CompuSystems representative.

For more information or help with registration, please contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager at