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Laura Foster

2013 Speaker

Laura Foster is president and CEO of Please Touch Museum®, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia™.  Foster has been with the Museum since 1991 and previously held the positions of executive director, senior vice president and chief of staff, vice president of development, and director of development and marketing at the Museum. She is a board member of the American Association of Museums and also served as a board member of the Association of Children’s Museums from 2000-2010 and as President of the Association from 2008-2010.  She is also participant in National Arts Strategies, Chief Executive Program. Foster was adjunct associate professor in the Museum Studies Department at the University of the Arts where she taught Museum Governance: Legal Issues, Ethics and Museums. Foster holds a BA in anthropology from Barnard College and a JD from University of Baltimore School of Law, and she is a graduate of the Getty Museum Management Institute.