In the final event of the year, the WIA is expanding its investigations of “structures of power” beyond the industry of architecture. The events early in the year focused on “structuring self” – looking inward with the support of others - mentors and coaches - to identify and address questions about professional trajectory and growth. The second part of the year, “negotiating structures,” looked outward to address specific challenges of developing productive patterns and relationships in the workplace environment through emotional intelligence and salary negotiation strategies.
The “Expanded Structures” event invites speakers from beyond the discipline to address themes that can be challenges across diverse industries – within a workplace and in client, collaborator, and consultant relationships.
The two featured speakers will address topics of equity across multiple industries. Both speakers are polymaths who have made an impact in diverse environments and industries, and who have worked to promote and engage women’s empowerment across these sectors.
A moderated panel discussion will follow the presentations and will focus on applying the presenters' insights to the profession and discipline architecture.
Deputy City Manager and Director of Economic Development
Kim helps leaders collaborate across disciplines in order to enhance economic opportunity, strengthen sense of community, and foster environments that make people happier, healthier, and more creative. She’s inspired to create the next generation of great cities that work for people and for business. Kim has a strong track record of turning ideas into action, working with diverse interests.
As Deputy City Manager, Kim provides leadership and strategic coordination to city departments shaping the future of the city, including economic development, planning, housing, and cultural affairs. She leads implementation of city’s comprehensive economic strategy to catalyze job growth, private investment, revenue generation, and talent attraction. She oversees citywide initiatives in business retention and attraction, downtown development, cultural vitality, workforce development, and real estate.
Prior to joining San Jose, Kim was co-founder and managing director of Collaborative Economics--a Silicon Valley-based consultancy that works with business and civic leaders to build stronger economies and better communities. Kim also served as Senior Policy Analyst at SRI International’s Center for Economic Competitiveness.
Kim is co-author of the books Grassroots Leaders for a New Economy: How Civic Entrepreneurs Build Prosperous Communities and Civic Revolutionaries: Igniting the Passion for Change in American Communities. She has written more than 50 other reports and publications, including key documents about the Silicon Valley region. She is a founding board member SPUR San Jose, the ZERO1 Art and Technology network, and the Prospect Silicon Valley innovation center.
Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and humanities from Valparaiso University and a master of public policy degree from Harvard University, where she was a Kennedy Fellow.
Founder and CEO of Parlay House
Anne Devereux-Mills is the Founder and CEO of Parlay House, a salonstyle gathering of over 4,000 women across both San Francisco and New York City who come together monthly to pull each other forward through a combination of shared experiences, meaningful content and peer-to-peer connections.
In 2015 Anne became a mentor for SHE-CAN, and organization supporting and grooming the next generation of female world leaders coming from postgenocide countries. An activist on issues related to social justice, Anne was a key member of the team that helped pass California's Proposition 36, which brought fair sentencing to thousands of nonviolent inmates as part of California's Three Strikes reform. Following that victory, she was the Executive Director for the Emmy-nominated documentary film entitled, The Return. Anne supported Stanford University by serving as the Executive Director of Healthy Body Image Programs, which then grew into the digital mental health company called Lantern.
Before taking on these roles in more philanthropic ventures, Anne was a single mom raising two daughters in the New York area, with a significant career that specialized in the healthcare marketing. Specifically, she was the Chairman and CEO of LLNS and TBWA/WorldHealth (and their worldwide marketing network) after her successful roles as Chief Integration Officer at BBDO and Managing Director of their highly successful healthcare unit. She also served as CEO of Consumer Healthworks, a division of Merkley and Partners, as well as President of Harrison& Star. She is currently Chairman of the Board of Marchex, a public company in the mobile technology space. Anne recently completed a successful sale of a home healthcare company as a board member for Angelo Gordon, and was a founding board member of of Braven, a non-profit organization which focuses on identifying and empowering our nation’s high-performing yet underserved youth. Anne also helped launch the iHUG Foundation, a not-for-profit school in Uganda supporting some of that nation's most needy children.
She continues to participate in many activities that mentor and nurture underserved women. In her spare time, Anne can be found doing motivational speaking, writing a book, working out in a pilates studio, skimming waves on a paddle board, sitting at the kitchen counter making jewelry or traveling the world. Anne is a Wellesley College graduate, a 2003 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She has been honored by a range of organizations including SHE-CAN, Advertising Women of New York, The All-Stars Foundation, and Project Kesher.