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Expert Profile


Hilary Hansen





Full or Part-time

Position Type:



United States of America

Years in the field:

16 – 20 Years

Areas of Expertise

Operations, Project Management, Rentals/Sales


Leadership • Project Management •Written/Oral Communication • Fiscal Management • Consensus Building •

Team Collaboration • Cross Cultural Competency• Contract Negotiations



Project Director, Exhibitions | IMG/Endeavor | Chicago, IL Aug. 2019 - Jan. 2020

Managed the transit and installation of traveling exhibition “King Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

  • Handled $3M budget including expense projections, estimate comparisons, and expense tracking.
  • Coordinated 30+ person installation team and oversaw the daily installation schedule of 15,000 square foot exhibition to ensure on-time completion for opening events.
  • Interfaced with international partners including the consular corps, government officials, curators, academic partners, and the press.
  • Worked with fine arts insurance providers, international shippers, customs agents, and international security experts to safely move and install artworks valued at nearly $3B.

Sr. Project Manager for Capital Projects | The Field Museum | Chicago, IL Dec. 2016 - Jul. 2019

Delivered high-quality project management to complete multi-faceted and highly visible projects efficiently and on budget. Synchronized multiple intra-departmental, design, curatorial, and engineering teams of 10-30 people to achieve ambitious organizational goals outlined in the museum’s 2018 strategic plan.

  • Oversaw the transformation of the museum’s iconic grand hall into a welcoming and engaging space for visitors. Hall renovation included indoor hanging gardens, re-location of world’s largest and most famous T.rex fossil, installation of 122-foot long titanosaur cast and fossils, and re-designed spatial configuration for more efficient ticketing operations and improved life safety.
  • Administered fiscal management for over $8.2M budget. Conducted spending analyses, expense tracking, cash flow projections, and planning of endowment spending.
  • Supported cultivation and stewardship efforts by the Development department. Exhibited exemplary interpersonal communication through delivering regular, ongoing presentations, talks, or private tours to donors, board members, and sponsors about current and upcoming projects.

Traveling Exhibitions Manager | The Field Museum | Chicago, IL Sept. 2010 - Nov. 2016

Strategically led sales and operations of a diverse range of traveling exhibitions in domestic and international markets. Generated over $4M in gross revenue in rental fees and intellectual property licensing agreements.

  • Organized profitable exhibition tour schedules by utilizing targeted outreach to attract new clients and maintain relationships with past or recurring host venues.
  • Created and tracked tour budgets ranging from $250K to over $1M. Involved in creating multi-year program budgets, cash flow analyses, expense and revenue projections, and analyzing revenue share models.
  • Led reconfiguration efforts of traveling exhibitions for new markets, including conducting market research, budgeting and managing internal processes.
  • Spearheaded diverse travel teams of production, artifact registration, and media services staff. Coordinated efforts related to installations and de-installations, including booking fine arts shipping, generating daily work schedules, floor plan review, and hiring contractors.
  • Conducted contract negotiations for intellectual property licensing with international clients and ensured compliance with contract terms.

Sr. Project Manager | The Field Museum | Chicago, IL Jul. 2002 - Aug. 2010

Prioritized the development, design, and production of 25+ science and cultural exhibitions ranging from 800 to 10,000 square feet.

  • Supervised teams of up to 20 peers and high-level staff—including curators, exhibit designers, production supervisors, registrars, and media producers—to create and open exhibitions on schedule including projects with international loans and budgets ranging from $5K to $1M.
  • Organized international diplomatic efforts related to high-level projects, including leading artifact loan negotiations in Spanish, planning team visits abroad and hosting international delegations.
  • Coordinated museum-wide efforts to support exhibition projects and facilitate interdepartmental communication.
  • Established and maintained relationships with external partners such as lending institutions, international cultural agencies, consular corps, and community groups.

Director of Programs and Events | International Museum of Surgical Science | Chicago, IL Aug. 2001 - Jun. 2002

Designed and executed educational programs such as adult lecture series and school group tours. Implemented marketing and PR strategy, gift shop operations, cultivating special event clients, and managing ticket sales.



Associate Board Member, Service Advocacy Committee Chair | The Night Ministry | Chicago, IL Mar. 2019 - Present

Nonprofit focused on providing housing, health care, and human connection to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty and loneliness.



Executive M.A. NonProfit Administration | University of Notre Dame | South Bend, IN

B.A. History, Spanish | Albion College | Albion, MI



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