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AIA Advocacy @ Convention: AIA Leadership Institute

By Adam Melis, Director, Political Affairs & Engagement

From June 20 to 22, thousands of AIA members will be descending on Denver, CO for the 2013 AIA Convention. How will you make a difference for your community while you are there? By attending one of the AIA Advocacy events! Over the next few weeks, we will be outlining these events in greater detail. Next to be featured is the AIA Leadership Institute.

AIA Leadership Institute/Program Alumni Forum and Training

The CCL is looking to invite AIA members who have participated in a national, regional, or local component leadership programs, or who are actively involved in topics of leadership and civic engagement. In this two-part, 4-hour session, participants will have an opportunity to meet with CCL members, discuss leadership programs across the country, and receive hands-on training to speak about encouraging their peers to develop their own leadership plan.

In the first part of the session, alumni from leadership programs from across the country will gather to share experiences and best practices with each other to help provide input to the CCL in developing potential leadership program guidelines for AIA components. As one of the major goals of the CCL (and AIA national leaders), discussions will be key in the creation of a Leadership Institute initiative, now in collaboration with emerging professionals and the AIA Strategic Alliances + Initiatives.

The second part of the session will focus on how AIA members can assist their architectural colleagues to expand their leadership horizons through the 'Living Your Life as a Leader' resource. Created to serve as an initial assessment tool and reference as one evolves as a leader in various roles, this is the first opportunity the resource will be shared with AIA membership to help empower new leaders, promote roles not previously recognized, and advocate opportunities for architects to become better leaders in their communities, their professional lives, and in academia.

You can add this program to your plan and view presenter biographies on the program’s event page. Stay tuned for features of more advocacy programs!

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