Women's Leadership Summit

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.

Support the Summit through sponsorship opportunities

Firm and university opportunities

Illuminate equity in your workplace or university. Send your employees to WLS for an inspiring and educational experience that translates to the success of firms, universities, and the industry as a whole.

Download the firm and university prospectus >

Corporate opportunities

As more women pursue careers in architecture and design, their contributions shape the future of the industry. Join AIA as we support experienced and emerging women leaders.

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2019 Sho-Ping Women's Leadership Summit Grant

In honor of Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA the Architects Foundation is thrilled to offer a grant opportunity for recipients to attend the 2019 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit. Sho-Ping was a Principal at Payette and in 2009 the founding leader of the inaugural AIA Women’s Leadership Summit. The memorial fund established in her name is focused on funding the development of future women leaders in architecture. The 2019 recipients will be the next generation of Sho-Ping Chin Leaders.

Applications due  by 11:59PM, March 22, 2019. Grant recipients will be notified by April 15, 2019.

Recipients will receive:

  • registration for the 2019 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit
  • travel and expense reimbursement of up to $700

Apply for the 2019 Sho-Ping Women's Leadership Grant >

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