Welcome to wittwering.com! Part portfolio and part brain dump, this site should give you a pretty good idea of who you're about to hire. I am a graduate of the renowned Disney Guest Service training program and have worked in cultural and tourist attractions for nearly 20 years including stints as the director of the Elfreth’s Alley Museum, the manager of Visitor Services at Please Touch Museum, and several other stops along the East Coast. I'm a fan of traveling, photography, live music and theater, rooting for the underdog, karaoke, camping, playing ukulele, and I am very likely the biggest Muppet fan you will ever meet. 

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Working in the museum field is a crash course in everything. A career in this field requires deftly adapting to new situations, taking on a variety of projects that span departments, managing people and tasks in all directions, and doing it all with little to no budget. This is why every museum job description includes the caveat of "other duties as assigned." While perusing through my portfolio or my LinkedIn page will give you an idea of some of the expertise I have gained over the years, here's a fun list of some of those other duties that have popped up in my 19-year career:

  • Sweeping leaves off the roof of a row of 18th Century homes at Elfreth's Alley

  • Planning and executing a fashion runway show at the Painted Bride

  • Cleaning up after the horses pulling a Wells Fargo Stagecoach during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in San Diego

  • Supervising television production in and around a historic site

  • Running into a burning building to evacuate folks who assumed a false alarm

  • Designing 12 collectible coins, having them minted, and distributing them across the country

  • Throwing an impromptu prom for a science summer camp

  • Performing live improvisational science demonstrations to cover for a mishap in the Planetarium

  • Riding a Segway with a live snake on my neck

To see how I've sold my labor throughout the years, check out my LinkedIn page

Read my Philly Love Note to the Schuylkill RIver Trail.

Education

  • Rowan University: Coursework in Education, Public Relations, and Communications & Media

  • Temple University: BA in Film and Media Arts

  • La Salle University: Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Training

  • Walt Disney Company: Marketing, Communications, Guest Services, and Human Resources

  • Franklin Institute: Museum Interpretation, Accessibility, and Inquiry-Based Learning

  • Please Touch Museum: Working with ASD Visitors 

  • Wells Fargo: Accessibility, Risk Management, Marketing, and Financial Literacy

 

Consulting Clients

  • Academy of Natural Sciences - Adult Programming

  • Broadway Green Alliance - Branding

  • National Museum of Health & Medicine - Visitor Experience

  • Le Bus East Falls - Marketing

  • Wolf Performing Arts Center - Marketing, Digital Programming

  • Winterthur Museum and Gardens - Visitor Experience, Staff Engagement

  • Holden Arboretum - Visitor Experience, Staff Engagement

  • Cleveland Botanical Gardens - Visitor Experience, Staff Engagement

Awards

  • American Alliance for Museums - Mistake of the Year 2018 - This award is voted on each year during a session in which folks are encouraged to own up to mistakes. My story won and taking home the trophy ended up fixing the mistake that won it!

  • Walt Disney Company - Great Service Fanatic - Awarded twice for exceeding guest service standards

  • Wells Fargo - 2016 Brand Engagement Top Performer & 2020 Marketing Champion - Awarded for a 78% increase in museum attendance in 2016 and for preparing and executing the museum COVID-19 response in 2020

In my work I strive for improvement in diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion, transparency, and environmental initiatives. 

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Verb. 1) Pertaining to the behavior of being a Wittwer. 2) Doing odd things that only Wittwers would do. 3) Catchall phrase for the thoughts and actions of Patrick Wittwer.