Women's Leadership Summit 2017: Creating Tailwinds
- September 14 – 16, 2017
- 8:30 am –5:00 pm ET
- Grand Hyatt Hotel
- 1000 H St NW
- Washington DC 20001
- Email event contact
The Women’s Leadership Summit 2017 is a two-day event focused on supporting women architects, creating new paths to leadership, and providing a forum to recognize and champion their work.
What began as a grassroots effort in Boston is now a biannual sold-out event that influences the national conversation around gender and diversity in the architecture profession..
Summit goals include:
- raising the profile of women principals and leaders in the profession
- sharing and promoting the design work of women
- exploring new paths to leadership
- learning from each other regarding issues and challenges
Thursday, September 14, 2017
10am–3:45pm Pre-summit check-in
10am–6pm Allied events (optional)
11am–5:30pm Pre-summit tours (optional)
6:30–8pm Welcome reception
8pm Dinner on your own
10–12pm 8x8 Night out meetups (optional)
The optional night out meetups are an informal way to get to know fellow attendees. You will be asked what location you prefer at the time of registration. Meetups are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Find your meetup location below. Please note you will be responsible for your own food, drinks, and any cover charge.
Friday, September 15, 2017
6am–7am Wellness sessions (optional)
Mall run: Meet some new faces and get some exercise at WLS. Friday and Saturday morning at 6am, we’ll meet in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt and split into running/walking groups, depending on participant’s preference.
Yoga class: Join fellow architects in basic yoga principles of alignment, breath work, and primary poses. Although you're welcome to bring your own, yoga mats will be provided.
Cycling class: Join fellow architects for a total body cycling class that packs interval training, rhythm riding, and upper body work in 45 minutes. This class incorporates a weights series and core exercises to improve strength, stability and coordination while increasing endurance. A challenging class for all skill levels.
5:30am–6pm Summit check-in
7:30–8:30am Networking breakfast
8:45–9:15am National update on Creating Tailwinds
9:15–10:15am Capital clients
10:30–11:30am 100 Series: Women Architects Under Fire
11:45am–1pm Lunch and Table Topics (details below in Materials section)
1–2:30pm 200 Series: Divergent Voices of the Profession (details below in Materials section)
3–5:30pm 300 Series: In-Studio (details below in Materials section)
In-Studio is an opportunity to meet women who hold senior leadership positions in their firms (CEO, Principal, Owner, etc.). The professionals represent small, medium and large firms in the region with a range of client and project types. As an attendee of Women's Leadership Summit 2017, you will have the opportunity to meet with these women in their firms to learn about their practice, their path to leadership, and how each creates Tailwinds.
6:45–8:30pm WIDEA lecture with Dina Griffin, AIA, NOMA, IIDA, of Interactive Design Architects
Registration for summit attendees is included. Registration for the general public opens July 1, 2017.
8:30pm Dinner on your own
Saturday, September 16, 2017
6–7am Wellness sessions (optional) (see above)
5:30am–4pm Summit check-in
7:30–8:30am Networking breakfast
8:30–9:30am Leadership keynote with Susan Colantuono
9:45–11:15am 400 Series: Tools for Moving Towards Equity (details below in Materials section)
11:30am–12:45pm Lunch with Leadership Workshop
1–2pm 500 Series: Stirring up Awards Locally and Globally
2:30–3pm 600 Series: Citizen Architect: Making an Impact in your Community
3–3:15pm Summation & Charge
Optional post-summit events
4–5:30pm Post-summit tours
4–5:30pm Allied organization events
6–8pm Dine Around Dinners
AIA member | Early registration (before June 16): $320 | Late registration (June 16 or later): $350
Non-member | Early registration (before June 16): $380 | Late registration (June 16 or later): $425
Cancellation requests must be faxed to (202) 639 7624 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 1, 2017. A cancellation fee of $50 will apply for this meeting. No refunds after the cancellation deadline.
After you register you will receive a registration confirmation via email immediately. If you do not receive a registration confirmation, please email AIA Meetings or call (800) 242 3837 ext. 7440. To ensure you receive the necessary conference materials (registration confirmations, conference updates, advance and final attendee rosters, etc.) please WHITELIST aia.org in your email program.
Registrations received by September 8, will appear on the advance attendee roster. Individuals registering after this date will appear on the final attendee roster sent after the meeting.
AIA is committed to making meetings and conferences accessible to all to the degree reasonably possible. Please notify us at the time of registration if you have special accessibility needs or specific dietary requirements. Email Tonya Horsley if special arrangements are required.
The Women’s Leadership Summit 2017 is being held at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street, NW, close to a number of popular attractions and government landmarks. You can reserve a room online at the conference rate of $239 plus taxes or call (202) 582 1234 and tell the agent that you are reserving for the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit.
You can book directly with the carriers below, or use your own agent. Another option is to use the AIA’s official travel agency, Ovation Corporate Travel, by calling (800) 925 4055, or (516) 624 0308 for international callers, Monday through Friday from 9am-8pm ET.
Amtrak offers a 10 percent discount off the lowest available rail fare to Washington, DC between September 11-19, 2017. To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872 7245 or contact your local travel agent. Please refer to Convention Fare Code X95D-964 when making your reservation.
Travel using the Convention fare code cannot be booked via the Amtrak website. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela service. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional all departures seven days a week.
Delta Air Lines
Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com or through Ovation Travel or your agent. When booking at Delta.com, select Book A Trip, click on Advanced Search and enter the meeting code NMLNR in the box provided on the Search Flights page.
Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328 1111, Monday through Friday from 7am-7pm CT. There is a direct ticketing fee for booking through this reservation number.
United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts of 2 percent to 10 percent off published fares. Save an additional 3 percent off by booking your own reservations at www.united.com. Choose your flight times, and access your meeting discounts by inserting 743699 in the Offer Code box.
Or Call your travel professional or United Meetings at (800) 426 1122 for reservations.
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Table Topics is an opportunity to discuss subjects relevant to being a leader in the workplace. As an attendee of Women’s Leadership Summit 2017, you will have the opportunity to discuss the topic of your choosing with your peers. Download >
In-Studio is an opportunity to meet women who hold senior leadership positions in their firms (CEO, Principal, Owner, etc.). These professionals represent small, medium, and large firms in the region with a range of client and project types. As an attendee of Women’s Leadership Summit 2017, you will have the opportunity to meet with these women in their firms to learn about their practice, their path to leadership, and how each creates tailwinds. Download >
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Susan L. Colantuono is the CEO of Leading Women, one of the world’s premier consulting firms supporting corporate initiatives to advance women and close the leadership gender gap. She founded and ran the Women’s Institute of Leadership at Bryant University from 2002 to 2010; is the author of No Ceiling, No Walls: What Women Haven’t Been Told About Leadership; Make the Most of Mentoring; and innumerable articles about the leadership gender gap, leadership, and women’s advancement.