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2022 and 2023 Leadership Forum Graduate Testimonials

“Such a diverse variety of people, perspectives, and lessons, from core facilitators to guests to the quality of the cohort. Really surpassed my expectations.”

“The Leadership Forum took a much deeper dive than I was expecting in terms of self-reflection. I really enjoyed the richness and vulnerability of the topics and conversations we had.”

“Leadership Forum really made me question what I was doing and challenged me to think about how I could more fully live out my values. It helped me identify how I could be a better leader not only within my firm but also the profession.”

“I have a hard time identifying myself as leader, but I hold strong to the identity of architect. Connecting the qualities of a “great architect” to that of a good leader really helped me personally start to see how I embody some of those qualities.”

Seeking Applications for the 2024 Leadership Forum

APPLICATIONS must be completed online by 5:00 pm December 11, 2023.
A PDF is provided to allow applicants to preview prior to completing the online application.

Program Description

The Leadership Forum develops and fosters leadership skills of mid-career members of AIA Minnesota and MSP NOMA. The content of the curriculum provides insight and tools for growth in the areas of leadership styles, values, self-awareness, intercultural leadership, communication, motivation, and engagement. In addition, these concepts are explored through the presentation of leadership case studies, the discussion of future trends and advocacy, and examples of how to apply and implement these concepts.

The content is presented by a variety of leaders from across the AEC profession, as well as academic instructors and independent consultants. Through a combination of lectures, panel discussions, small group breakout sessions, and periods of self-reflection, participants will gain a better understanding of who they are, their strengths, and their leadership styles. They will be presented with new tools and skills to gain a greater confidence for the roles they play in their personal relationships, project teams, firms, and community. The Leadership Forum ultimately provides each cohort with a network of diverse professionals focused on leadership development.

Program Requirements

  • Candidates must be an AIA Minnesota or MSP NOMA member
  • License is not required
  • A minimum of 10 years’ industry experience is required
  • Tuition is $800 (scholarships and payment plans are available)
  • Participation is limited to 16 people
  • Selected participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions and complete all homework

2024 Session Schedule

Some dates may be subject to change. All dates are full day sessions except January 17 and July 17.
January 17: Morning – Coffee Talk: Getting to Know Your Cohort
January 31: Morning – Defining Leadership and Cultivating Change
Afternoon – Knowing and Using Your Strengths to Lead
February 21: Full day – Building Trust and Engagement
March 20: Full day – Intercultural Leadership
April 17: Full day – Leadership and Communication
May 15: Morning – A Panel Discussion of Leadership Stories
Afternoon – Discussing Dare to Lead by Brene Brown (led by half-hort)
June 19: Morning – Leadership and Advocacy: What is Your Story?
Afternoon – Discussing Dare to Lead by Brene Brown (led by half-hort)
July 10: Morning – Keynote and Reflecting and Charting Your Path Forward
Afternoon – Personal time for reflection
July 17: Afternoon – Touchpoint group share. Celebration Reception

Important Dates

December 11, 2023 Applications due
January 15, 2024 $800 tuition due

Questions? Contact Deanna Christiansen