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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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Raising EQ: Getting Smart About Our Emotional Intelligence

  • MLK Library 150 East San Fernando Street San Jose, CA, 95112 United States (map)

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Catherine Houdeck & Mary-Welty-Dapkus

This workshop is designed for professionals who are ready to develop their understanding of their Emotional Intelligence (EQ). The speakers will introduce you to the concept of Emotional Intelligence and work with participants to expand the range of their EQ skillset.

This event is highly interactive; participants will learn about real-life and current situations. The speakers will create participatory discussions or exercises that allow participants to gain relevant insights into challenges they may be facing or may face in the future, and find new, creative ways of resolving them.

The goal is to increase your professional capacity by raising your EQ. Additionally, the event will touch on the topic of Success Factors, which are a higher predictor of contentment in life than IQ and IQ assessments. To do so, the two outcomes we will focus on will be Effectiveness (capacity to generate results) and Relationships (capacity to build and maintain networks).

Approved 2 LUs


LOCATION:   MLK Library, 150 E San Fernando St, San Jose, CA 95112
TIME:   9:30am to Noon
AGENDA: 

  • 9:30a:        Social with coffee and treats

  • 10:00a:      Speaker Introduction & Start of Program

  • 11:45a:        Q&A

  • 12:00p:      End of Program


Join Certified EQ Facilitators, Catherine Houdek and Mary Welty-Dapkus, as we inform, influence and impact your awareness of EQ in an interactive, fun and fascinating exploration of one of our most important intelligences!

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Catherine is a leadership and business coach, a meeting facilitator and a trainer. She has been coaching on the topic of leadership for 17 years, and is passionate about the difference good, strong leadership can make to individuals and to their businesses. Catherine is a member of International Coaches Federation, and has certifications as:

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner
  • Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Certified Practitioner. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Mary is professional intuitive and certified life coach and the founder of the Fresh Intuition Women's Circles. She is the owner of Fresh Intuition, a personal, professional and leadership coaching and consulting practice. Mary helps clients, both men and women in transition to "gain clarity and lose wait" -- freeing them to take authentic and inspired action in their lives, their life's work, in their communities and in the world. 

Mary holds the following certifications:

  • Masters (MIM) in Intuition Medicine from the Academy of Intuition Medicine®
  • Certified Martha Beck (MBI) Life Coach
  • Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Certified Practitioner and a Certified Six Seconds EQ Assessor.

Mary holds a BA in Education and Psychology from Santa Clara University.