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2019 WIA Events

The WIA (Women in Architecture) is a subcommittee of the AIA Silicon Valley. Founded in 2015, the committee’s focus is on expanding equity, equality, and diversity in the profession of architecture. The WIA offers programs which empower and support women as they establish their professional identities, develop their career paths, and find their leadership direction. Gender serves as a gateway topic to addressing experiences of diversity - allowing a flexible and expansive focus on topics. These are addressed through our events as the committee members and event guests navigate their intersectional identities and the challenges of living and working in a complex socio-historic context, a dynamic economic and technological region, and a turbulent political climate.

The WIA is pleased to announce the 2019 events theme: Advocacy. The events will address topics in advocacy scaling from self-advocacy to advocacy for others and advocacy for the community. As the year progresses, conversations will explore how articulating experience and goals can impact individuals both professionally and personally. The ultimate goal of this year’s events is to promote a more diverse and equitable field by enhancing communication and empathy.

Join us at the events listed below to explore more about advocacy! Both members and non-members are welcome.

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Connecting through Coaching--To Oneself and to Others

Lynn Simon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, will facilitate a 90 minute limited group session called Connecting through Coaching--To Oneself and to Others. This interactive session will provide an overview of integral coaching and how it is different than mentoring, sponsorship or facilitating a conversation as relevant to our roles as architects and building industry professionals.  The group will participate in exercises on being present and listening actively as well as experience a live coaching demonstration to support a topic of interest to the volunteer “client.”

Participants are invited to be open and engaged in conversation and activities that support and nourish our spirit!

Location: Hawley Peterson Snyder - Architecture, Interiors, Planning, 1237 E Arques Ave B, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Date: April 18th, 2018
Time: 6:00p-6:30p (social), 6:30p-8:00p (session)


About Lynn:

Lynn N. Simon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a recognized pioneer in the green building industry as well as an entrepreneur and catalyst for change. At Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., she leads the Western Regional Sustainability Practice and consult on millions of square feet of projects. Lynn is also a certified integral coach through New Ventures West. As a coach, she applies her professional experience to leadership development, organizational development, and career management to empower architects, engineers, and construction professionals to reach their fullest potential.  She served on the USGBC Board of Directors, LEED and Education Steering Committees, and was Co-Chair of Greenbuild 2012. She is currently serving on Thornton Tomasetti’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee.  In 2011, Lynn was honored with USGBC’s President’s Award and in 2017, the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award from gb&d magazine. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Washington.