Navigating the Workplace & Harnessing Community as an Emerging Conservation Professional: A Panel Discussion

The first Fall webinar in the 2019-2020 series will facilitate a dialogue about the various roles an emerging conservation professional (ECP) may occupy within the conservation profession, and how AIC and ECPN can function as both a professional resource and a support community. Speakers Anisha Gupta and Leslie Gat will discuss challenging, but commonly encountered, workplace scenarios ECPs may face; from increased employment transparency to the situations unique to working in a small private practice to effectively communicating expectations with your employer. The speakers will highlight resources and tools that ECPs may find helpful in these situations and provide insight into addressing matters in different contexts, both within and outside institutional settings. Through this discussion, we aim to empower and inform any ECPs currently navigating an ambiguous or challenging situation. 

Leading up to the webinar, join ECPN as the Digital Platforms and Communications Co-Officers share a variety of resources through our Facebook page and ECPN Member Community. The shared resources will provide introductory information about the current state of conservation employment, address terminology of positions commonly occupied, and provide a foundation for discussion amongst our community.  We hope that the topics introduced through these posts will inspire members to have their own discussions amongst colleagues, and submit reflections for our speakers to comment on during the webinar. The webinar will be structured as a panel discussion, where s

As an emerging professional, do you have a situation or scenario that you’ve had difficulty navigating? ECPN is seeking questions and examples from ECPs in advance of the webinar to help shape the conversation. Please submit all questions and scenarios to our Digital Platforms Co-Officers via this Google form. All submissions received through this form will be anonymous. 

`If you have any questions about the content of this webinar, please contact Emma Hartman and Natalya Swanson, ECPN Digital Platforms Co-Officers, directly at

This is the second webinar generously supported by the Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware, in honor of Bruno Pouliot. ECPN is grateful to the University of Delaware for this opportunity to celebrate Bruno's legacy as a mentor and educator and to commemorate his passion for the conservation profession. For more information, please see the announcement on the ECPN Community in AIC's Online Community.

Anisha Gupta

Assistant Conservator for Archival Materials, American Philosophical Society

Anisha Gupta is the Assistant Conservator for Archival Materials at the American Philosophical Society (APS). She is also co-chair of AIC’s Equity & Inclusion Committee and co-chair of the Philadelphia Area Conservation Association. Anisha graduated from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation with a major in works on paper and a minor in photographic materials.

Leslie Ransick Gat

Owner & Principal, Art Conservation Group

LESLIE RANSICK GAT is the owner of Art Conservation Group and the principal objects conservator. She has worked in private practice and for major museums since 1981. Leslie holds a Certificate in Art Conservation and a Master’s degree in Art History from New York University Institute of Fine Arts. During her career, she has worked in the objects conservation departments of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is an occasional lecturer at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center. Leslie is a Fellow of The American Institute for the Conservation. Address: 44-02 11th Street, Studio 401, Long Island City, NY, 11101. E-mail: 


11/19/2019 at 12:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes
11/19/2019 at 12:00 PM (EST)   |  90 minutes Navigating the Workplace and Harnessing Community as an Emerging Conservation Professional: A Panel Discussion