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2019 Women's Leadership Summit


  • Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN, 55403 United States (map)

Save the date for the 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit in Minneapolis, MN September 12-14. To learn more about the event, click here!

The first AIA Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) began as a grassroots effort to bring together women principals of architecture firms, women in leadership positions, and women architects moving into leadership roles across the country for a‌n intense two-day summit focusing on leadership and design. Today, the summit spans a diverse spread of career stages and seeks to support all women in the profession.

Summit goals

  • raise the profile of women in the profession

  • explore new paths to leadership

  • create a learning environment that supports the needs of multiple career stages in one event

  • provide a space for women architects to learn from one another

Where women lead

WLS is one of the only gatherings where women architects and designers are surrounded by other women in a professional setting. That creates a candid, comfortable environment where women can contribute unique perspectives and facilitate conversations about challenges within the industry: Gaining respect on a construction site, negotiating, managing remote teams, getting promoted, and many others.

Session content addresses relevant topics within the industry and provides practical tools for attendees to implement at work right away. This year, AIA has combined continuing education with wellness activities, promoting the idea that health and professional development go hand in hand.

Although the architecture industry has historically struggled to retain women architects, more women today are finding ways to make the industry work for them. WLS exists to help you do just that.

Reframe, Rethink, Refresh

Earlier Event: August 30
August Breakfast Social - DSM