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Attend the 2011 Women's Leadership Summit

  • 1.  Attend the 2011 Women's Leadership Summit

    Posted 09-02-2011 05:42 AM

    On behalf of the national AIA Women's Leadership Summit, we would like to invite you to participate in the next summit being held  in Kansas City, Missouri September 23-24. 

    The AIA Women's Leadership Summit was created in 2009 by the Boston Society of Architect's Women's Principles Roundtable as a national-level conversation to advance women in architecture and design.  This initial summit held in Chicago in September of 2009 drew 160 leaders from across the country.
    Similar to the 2009 summit, this year's conversation in Kansas City will again focus on advancing women in leadership positions in architecture. Friday will be devoted to a series of presentations and dialogue on Leadership; Saturday will be more focused on Design. The themes of the summit include discussions on new paths to Leadership and how Women Architects are redefining the profession through new collaborative processes and design.

    Highlights of the Summit 2011:

    • Focus on leadership on Friday, including an in-depth discussion about how firms of different sizes and disciplines define success, with leaders from emerging firm Studio Gang, legacy firm Sheplely Bulfinch, and multi-disciplinary international firm AECOM.
    • The Saturday Design discussion will be held in the internationally-acclaimed Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Bloch Building, designed by Steven Holl.  Keynote speaker Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS, will present a 'Design Report' on the current pulse of the industry, highlighting the firms, individuals and trends that are breaking new ground in architecture.
    • Celebrate design including the work of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the only firm founded by female principals to be designated by the AIA as "Firm of the Year."

    Friday: Leadership
    Marriot Country Club Plaza

    Julie Benezet, Business Growth Consulting, L.L.C.
    Margaret Cavenagh, Senior Managing Architect for Studio Gang Architects
    Jacinta McCann, Executive Vice President at AECOM
    Carole Wedge, President of Shepley Bulfinch
    Debra S. Kunce, Schmidt Associates, Inc, 
         AIA National Vice President 2012-13
    Laura Lesniewski, Principal at BNIM
    Stacy Bourne, Owner of The Bourne Group
    Laura Pastine, Owner of Form Field Studio
    Sho-Ping Chin, Principal at Payette
    Heather Taylor, Principal at EYP
    Beverly Willis, Founder of Beverly Willis Foundation
    Sue Yoakum, Owner of Yoakum Law
    Rania Anderson, Founder of Meridian Consulting

    Saturday: Design
    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Exhibition Galleries 
    Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief of METROPOLIS
    S. Claire Conroy, Editorial Director of Residential Architect
    Nancy Alexander, Yale Lecturer
    Helene Combs Dreiling, Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Architecture 
        AIA Institute Secretary 2011-2012
    Jane Weinzapfel, Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates
    Andrea Leers, Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates
    Sylvia Smith, Senior Partner at FX Fowle
    Carol Burns, Principal of Taylor & Burns Architects
    Susan Ubbelohde, Principal of Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates
    Hugh Hochberg, The Coxe Group
    For further information and registration, see the AIA conference website. The Summit will be hosting a continuous live chat via Twitter (@AIAWLS) throughout all sessions during the two-day conference to share highlights of the event as well as take questions and comments. Follow this event on the AIA Women's Leadership Summit media sites, on Facebook and on our blog.
    Online Registration ends September 8th. Please forward on to others you think may be interested. 

    We hope you will consider joining us in this national conversation! 
    Amy J Slattery  AIA
    Laura Pastine AIA
    Women's Leadership Summit 2011 co-chairs

    Amy Slattery AIA
    BNIM Architects
    Kansas City MO

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