Guest Speakers

The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) and Wisconsin Federation of Museums (WFM) are thrilled to announce this year’s speaker lineup!

Opening Plenary Session

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko

Working in museums for more than 20 years, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko has served as a museum leader since 2001. Prior to joining the Illinois State Museum as director in 2019, Cinnamon was the director of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum where she led the organization to the National Medal for Museum Service in 2008. She then served as president and CEO of the Abbe Museum where she co-led their decolonization initiative and developed policies and protocols to ensure collaboration and cooperation with Wabanaki people. Cinnamon served as treasurer for the American Association for State and Local History (2012-2014) and was the founding chair of their Small Museums Committee. She currently serves as a board member of the American Alliance of Museums.

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is the author and editor of several books and articles including Museum Administration 2.0 (2016) and the Small Museum Toolkit (2012). In 2016, she gave her first TEDx talk, We Must Decolonize Our Museums ( Most recently Cinnamon was awarded the Neal Allen, Jr. award by the Maine Historical Society for her outstanding contributions to the field of Maine history.

Leadership Breakfast Keynote


Keynote Session


Community Flash Talks

Brian Schupper, Executive Director, Sculpture Milwaukee

David Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Imagine MKE

David is the CEO of Imagine MKE, a coalition of arts, business, and civic leaders united to create a prosperous Milwaukee where the future is driven by a vibrant arts and culture economy. A nationally recognized non-profit specializing in government relations, community relations, public affairs, and advocacy, David was most recently the founding Executive Director at Feeding Wisconsin, where he was the key driving force to launch and grow Wisconsin’s state association of food banks. 

David also brings a rich, professional performing arts background to his role as CEO at Imagine MKE. He studied drama and acting at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. After attaining an A.B. in Film and Drama at Vassar College, David worked in New York and Los Angeles writing, acting, and directing plays and films. 

David is also alum of Georgetown University McDonough School of Business’ Business for Impact New Strategies Program, the Aspen Institute Academy 2.0 for Non-Profit Leaders, and the American Express/Independent Sector NGen Fellows program. He serves on the board of directors for Outpost Natural Foods, one of the nation’s largest consumer food cooperatives and Ex Fabula, Milwaukee’s live storytelling organization.

Reggie Baylor and Melissa Courtney, The NEXT Museum

Melissa Courtney, a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, has worked in the creative industry for 20 years and co-owns B2Design. Currently Melissa partners with Reginald Baylor Studio, a brand icon that manufactures, broadcasts and serves the creative industry culture. 

Reginald Baylor is the Founder and co-Creative Director of Reginald Baylor Studio.  Reginald Baylor Studio is a brand icon that manufactures, broadcasts, and serves the creative industry culture. In 2018, in order to advance the creative industry, Reginald Baylor Studio currently resides in Walkers Point where it now targets it’s energies on the design and development of brands. The RBS Brands, along with Creative Director, Melissa Courtney, are currently contracting with a multitude of talented creative professionals to enhance Milwaukee’s creative industry movement. 

The NEXT Museum is a collaborative design/build platform for strengthening Milwaukee and it’s peer region communities. The NEXT Museum design/build platform facilitates the growth of the creative capital through community led experiential projects

Reggie Jackson, Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum

Tony Panciera, director, MKE United, Greater Milwaukee Committee

Tony Panciera works as Director of MKE United at the Greater Milwaukee Committee, focusing on building a shared and inclusive vision and action agenda for Milwaukee’s downtown and adjacent neighborhoods. His experience has led him from an art and education background in Ohio to urban education, serving two terms of service with AmeriCorps through City Year in southern New Hampshire. Afterwards, he worked in HR in both the private and nonprofit sectors before returning to school to get his MBA at Marquette. For the past four years, Tony has been working for the Greater Milwaukee Committee, focusing on efforts relating to quality of life and vibrancy of place, working to make Milwaukee the best place for all of its residents.