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2021 Leadership Forum Graduate Testimonials

“I think Mary-Margaret’s presentation was very interesting, especially about the different schools of leadership thought and studies. I never realized how heavily researched the topic was.”
“Very interested in the comparison of strengths/talents and how that parallels to leadership as well as other personality tests taken previously.”
“This was a very enlightening seminar. I appreciated the presentation (Intercultural Development) and time to interact with my peers on this subject matter. I felt comfortable both asking questions and expressing concerns.”
“This session felt very useful and applicable to our work. I have a feeling I will reference this material frequently in the future. I also felt fully engaged.”
“All of the speakers at each session were incredible at what they do (advocacy) and how they shared their story. Thank you for including these in this session of the Forum.”
“The forum was great. I appreciated all of the conversations, the presenters, and the time just to talk about these subjects. This was a very beneficial experience.”
“The progression of topics was very thoughtful and followed each other very well.”

Seeking Applications for the 2022 Leadership Forum

APPLICATIONS due December 10, 2021

The 2022 Leadership Forum will be totally virtual for at least the first three months, January-March, after which our Board of Directors will assess the safety of in-person gatherings.

Program Description

The Leadership Forum develops and fosters leadership skills of mid-career AIA Minnesota member architects. The primary areas of focus include:

  • Developing and strengthening a participant’s understanding of and skills in the following areas: leadership styles and values; self-awareness; intercultural development; communication; motivation and engagement; leadership case studies; future trends and advocacy; and application and implementation
  • Creating a network of diverse professionals focused on leadership development

2022 Session Schedule (TENTATIVE)

January 19: Coffee Talk: Meeting the cohort
January 26: Leadership Styles: Parallels with Culture Change Initiative; Core Values: Intercultural Development
February 9: StrengthsFinders personality assessment
February 23: Coffee Talk
March 30: Leadership and Communication
April 27: Building Trust and Engagement
May 11: Leadership Stories
May 25: Coffee Talk
June 22: Leadership and Advocacy
July 13: Weaving Together the Threads of Learning
July 27: Keynote Address; Touchpoint group share

Program Requirements
Candidates must be:

  • AIA Minnesota member
  • Licensed Architect
  • Have a minimum of 10 years’ career experience
  • Tuition is $750 (scholarships are available)
  • Participation is limited to 16 people
  • Selected participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions and complete all homework

    Important Dates

    December 10, 2021 Applications due
    January 21, 2022 $750 tuition due

    Questions? Contact Deanna Christiansen