Changing of the Guard

The NDSC welcomed a new president at the symposium in Kansas City and said goodbye to an able leader as she retired to an advisory role on the board. Madelyn Mayberry (right) stepped down from her position at the helm of NDSC after three years of hard work in uncharted territory. Michelle Carpenter (left) has stepped into her new role as president. Here are Michelle's closing remarks as she celebrated accomplishments and looked to the future.


by Michelle Carpenter, President, NDSC
Closing Remarks from the National Docent Symposium, September 19, 2022

Thank you, Madelyn, for your three years of leadership as our president. One year longer than you anticipated! You led us through a time of great challenge and uncertainty. And, as the pandemic erased life as we knew it, your calm confidence, nurturing presence and innovative
spirit allowed this organization to continue its mission to support docents and guides everywhere. As keynote Jane Chu said, sometimes we’re building the plane as we’re flying it. We found new ways to move forward, expanding our resources to reach you all wherever you were...through regional zoom conversations, our first international webinar, a 1500 member Facebook group, articles written by peers on our website, a new touring handbook and now, finally the symposium. I am honored to follow in your footsteps.

Thank you to our 30 Council directors for volunteering your time and talents to the NDSC as you also serve as docents in your home institutions. And we thank the 20 past symposium host museums for paving the way. The National Docent Symposium council is 40 years strong, celebrating our Ruby Anniversary. Your support and participation are so important. Thank you for helping to sustain this organization by buying our Handbooks and by donating, particularly on Giving Tuesday which is November 29 this year. We appreciate your continuing generosity.

We hope you find meaning and belonging through your connection with this organization. We’re here for you and we will stay in touch. Materials from the breakout sessions will be available on the NDSC website soon so that you can share part of your symposium experience with others.

I know you already know that the 2024 symposium in Atlanta is going to be another smash hit. Please welcome, from the High Museum of Art, co-chairs Bryan Brooks, Kristen Kiersey and Dianna Smeal.

We look forward to sharing more information about NDSAtl24 soon!

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