Penta senior writer Abby Schultz will speak with Laura Lott, president and CEO of the American Association of Museums, about how museums across the country grappled with the pandemic and reopening, and how they are addressing diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.

Fri, Jul 23, 2021 · 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (GMT -4:00)
Abby Schultz
Senior Writer, Barron's Penta
Abby Schultz is a senior writer for Penta, a Barron’s Group publication for wealthy individuals and families covering wealth management and philanthropy, as well as trends in collecting and owning art and wine, among other luxury goods. She joined Barron’s in October 2014 as the Penta Wealth Management Editor for Barron’s Asia in Hong Kong.

Abby covered the credit markets and money management industry for Dow Jones newswires in New York before freelancing and consulting for several years mostly on personal finance and other business and financial topics. Before rejoining Dow Jones, she was an editor in Hong Kong at IFR Asia, a Thomson Reuters publication focused on the capital markets.
Laura L. Lott
President and CEO, American Alliance of Museums
Laura L. Lott is the President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. A results-oriented, entrepreneurial, strategic leader with a track record of leading transformative change in nonprofit organizations, Laura served as the Alliance’s chief operating officer for five years before becoming the chief executive officer in 2015. Laura led the 2012 re-launch of the Alliance, including rebranding the organization and redesigning its membership and excellence programs – leading to a 70% growth in membership and the organization’s first five profitable years in a decade. More recently, Laura led the development of the Alliance’s current strategic plan which emphasizes topics that Alliance members strongly believe are vital to the future viability, relevance, and sustainability of museums: diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in all aspects of museums’ programs and structure; changing business models for financial sustainability; and museums’ growing role in the P-12 education ecosystem. Laura is also a passionate advocate for strong and engaged boards, speaking to numerous museum boards each year.

Prior to joining AAM, Laura served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of The JASON Project, an international nonprofit education program at the National Geographic Society with a mission to inspire and motivate students to learn science through great explorers. In the late 90s, Laura helped launch the MarcoPolo: Internet Content for the Classroom program at the former MCI Foundation and managed its partnerships with 50 state departments of education, as well as MCI’s community relations programs.

After studying in Tokyo, Japan during high school and graduating from American University in Washington, D.C., Laura gained public accounting experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers, with a focus on nonprofit clients. Laura is a Virginia-licensed CPA and a private pilot. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter.