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Eighth Annual Leadership Forum Graduates 16 Architects

AIA Minnesota recognized 16 individuals who completed the eighth annual Leadership Forum program at a reception on June 13 at HGA Architects and Engineers in Minneapolis. 

Congratulations to:

Adam Barnett, AIA, JLG Architects
Lisa Billing, AIA. Opus AE Group
Melissa Christenson Ekman, AIA, Miller Dunwiddie Architecture
John Guerber, AIA, Leo A Daly
Tyler Hillger, AIA, TEA2 Architects
Jessica Kraft, AIA, Bentz/Thompson/Rietow
Andy Madson, AIA, LHB  
Amy Meller, AIA, MacDonald & Mack Architects  
Carl Olson, AIA, Peterssen/Keller   
Lauren Perich, AIA, Alliiance 
Amber Sausen, AIA, Alliiance
Mandi Tauferner, AIA, Kodet Architectural Group
Jill Vowels, AIA, Perkins + Will   
Jeremy Wiesen, AIA, ISG
David Wilson, AIA, HGA Architects and Engineers
Jill Winkler, AIA, Pope Architects  

Thanks to our 2017 invited guest speakers
Jon Buggy, AIA, Principal, RSP Architects
Nick Ruehl, AIA, President, Ruehl + Associates; Certified MBTI Administrator
Dianne L. Moore, Principal, Excelerated Leadership
Debby Magnuson, VP Talent Management, Career Partners International, Twin Cities
Tom Fisher, Assoc. AIA, Director, Minnesota Design Center
Michael Fischer, AIA, Senior Vice President, LHB, Inc.
Peggy Korsmo-Kennon, Chief Operating Office, American Swedish Institute
Sondra Samuels, President and CEO, Northside Achievement Zone
Ann Voda, AIA, President, Principal, Bentz/Thompson/Rietow, Inc.
Mary-Margaret Zindren, CAE, Executive Vice President, AIA Minnesota

A special thanks to Nancy Blankfard, AIA
A special thanks to Nancy Blankfard, AIA, Principal Architect, HGA Architects and Engineers, who served as the Leadership Forum Advisor for the past two years. The Advisor is with the group for each session, helping to connect the dots from month to month, and offering support and guidance to each participant.

And finally…
Thanks to HGA Architects and Engineers for hosting all six sessions at their office.

What is Leadership Forum?

AIA Minnesota’s Leadership FORUM program was created to foster and develop leadership for AIA Minnesota member architects during mid-career. The mission of the FORUM is to assist AIA members in understanding and strengthening their role in leadership in areas of community involvement, government, professional practice, business development, and mentorship.

Program Requirements

  • Candidates must be an AIA Minnesota member
  • Licensed with 10 years total career experience
  • Tuition is $700 (limited scholarships are available)
  • Participation is limited to 16 people
  • Selected participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions and complete all homework

Program Format

The Forum consists of six sessions from January through June. Experts speak at each session addressing leadership styles, the impact of personality type on leadership, communication, motivation, trends, knowing when and how to lead, and finally application. Learning is achieved through lecture, small group discussions and exercises.

Forum Archives

Click here for a list and photos of past Leadership Forum graduates (pdf).

For more information, contact Deanna Christiansen.