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2019 Women's Leadership Summit

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

Registration is Open!

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


Registration can be found here and will remain open until August 30th or until the summit reaches capacity, whichever occurs first.

AIA members can use discount code AIAmember in order to receive the member rate during checkout.

Volunteer Opportunities:

There are currently over 80 opportunities for members to help out at the summit. Volunteers receive free admission to the event or activity at which they are helping out and those who volunteer for at least 6 hours will receive a 30% discount on sumitt registration.

How do I sign up?

  • Step 1: Use the following link to submit your contact information and agree to the waiver.

  • Step 2: Using this portal create an account to sign up for shifts to volunteer.

-Your account will give you access to all of our volunteer opportunities. This page will be your personal dashboard to view jobs, sign up or reschedule shifts, update profile information, and more.

As we get closer to the event more shifts and activities may become available and will be shown in this portal.

To receive 30% off conference registration, volunteers will need to fulfill a core requirement of 6 hours. You can fulfill this requirement however your schedule permits (i.e. in one block or spread out over the course of the summit). A registration link with a discount code will be sent after confirmation that you have signed-up for required number of hours.

To note, volunteering for ticketed summit events such as wellness activities, tours, or firm happy hours, secures your attendance at no additional cost to you. You will attend any ticketed events for which you volunteer for free. After signing up for the volunteer shift, you do not have to register for the event.

All volunteers will be required to attend the volunteer training that will take place Wednesday, September 11th at 6 pm at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis hotel. Dial-in information will be provided if you are unable to attend in person. Food will be provided.

Earlier Event: August 30
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Later Event: September 17
IAWIA 2020 Kick Off Event