Click here to watch the Leadership Forum video now!

2021 Leadership Forum

The 2021 Leadership Forum will be totally virtual. This year’s 2020 Forum began with face-to-face sessions for the first three months, and then transitioned to Zoom sessions. We learned what works and what doesn’t and we will use those lessons-learned to make the 2021 Forum even better. As we move further into the year, we’ll assess the safety of scheduling a few optional, in-person, social gatherings beyond the virtual learning sessions. We hope an all virtual Leadership Forum will make participation accessible for our mid-career members regardless where they live in Minnesota.

Schedule. The 2020 virtual Forum will have shorter sessions than other years – each from one to four hours long – and scheduled twice a month from February through July.

Topics covered will include:
  • leadership styles and values
  • self-awareness 
  • foundations of intercultural development
  • communication
  • motivation and engagement
  • leadership stories/case studies 
  • future trends and advocacy
  • synthesis through application and implementation
Applications available now
Eligibility. AIA Minnesota membership, licensed, with a minimum of ten years total career experience.
Application deadline. 5:00 pm, Monday, November 30, 2020


Congratulations to the 2020 Leadership Forum cohort!

Adam Ariano, AIA – Alliance
Amanda Aspenson, AIA – UMN, CPM
Amy Glory Carroll, AIA – Pope Architects
Bobby Smith, AIA – RoehrSchmitt Architecture
Christopher Palkowitsch, AIA – BKV Group
Daniel Kodet, AIA – Kodet Architectural Group
Elizabeth Turner, AIA – Precipitate PLLC
Jennifer McGinnity, AIA – Bentz/Thompson/Rietow
Marta Snow, AIA – SALA Architects
Michelle Ney, AIA – Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Neal Cross, AIA – RSP Architects
Nicolle VanWie, AIA – LHB
Ryan Samsa, AIA – ESG Architects
Tammy Angaran, AIA – Peterssen/Keller
Tyler Johnson, AIA – Vetter Johnson Architects
Zachary Flann, AIA – Miller Dunwiddie

Thanks to…

RSP Architects for hosting the 2020 Forum.
And to Ann Voda, AIA, for serving as the 2020 Advisor.

And finally, many thanks to our presenters!
Each session addressed a different topic, presented by a variety of subject matter experts.
Session 1: Jon Buggy, AIA, RSP; Nick Ruehl, AIA, Ruehl + Associates
Session 2: Mary Slack, Ed.D., PMP, Eisele Slack and Associates, Inc.
Session 3: Debra Magnuson, MA, CPCC, CPI (Career Partners International) Twin Cities
Session 4: Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA, Minnesota Design Center
Session 5: Peggy Korsmo-Kennon, COO, American Swedish Institute; Donna Harris, Ed.D., Minnehaha Academy; Nancy Blankfard, AIA, HGA Architects and Engineers; Eames Gilmore, AIA, Target Corporation
Session 6: Mary-Margaret Zindren, CAE, AIA Minnesota

Questions? Contact Deanna Christiansen