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Australian Museum CEO, Kim McKay.

Madeleine Dore, What arts managers can teach business, ArtsHub, 29 February, 2016

Arts managers have plenty to teach business managers, as Macquarie Graduate School of Management has just recognised.

In a move that recognises that the business world can learn from the arts, the CEO of Australian Museum, Kim McKay, has been appointed as an Honorary Adjunct Professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) to help build the Women in MBA Program.

The unique and agile skills of arts managers and the progression McKay has made in leading gender diversity in the museum sector will be of particular interest to MGSM.

The MGSM has recently prioritised nurturing women leaders and has made the MBA program more accessible and flexible.

‘It really has been a bold move by them to do that and it has been very well received. They have a clear objective of increasing the number of women who are undertaking MBA study and making it more accessible for them to do so,’ McKay told ArtsHub.

Professor Alex Frino, Dean of MGSM said McKay brings ‘a breath of fresh air.’

‘We are the leading MBA school in Australia and therefore it makes sense to have one of the leading CEOs in the museum and arts sector engaged with us.’

By nature of working in the arts sector, managers have honed skills that are particularly valuable to the business sector.

‘I think managing a museum and managing a business in the arts sector is one of the most difficult things to do. We can use that knowledge and experience at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management,’ said Frino.

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