HDR Minneapolis Office

AIA Women's Leadership Summit

September 12 - 14, 2019

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN
United States

Our women leaders demonstrate diverse expertise: they’re architects, designers, lab planners, principals, economists, scientists, strategists, researchers, industrial engineers, and workplace strategists. Not only have they carved their own paths within the profession, but their passion has led to prominent roles at this global design firm with nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations.

At this year's summit, we'll have great representation with 15 of our very own in attendance, participation on two panel presentations, and a sponsored happy hour at our Minneapolis studio. With a theme of "Reframe. Rethink. Refresh," we're proud to be involved with this summit which helps to serve as a catalyst for conversation and change for women in the industry. 

HDR at the 2019 AIA Women's Leadership Summit

Research in Architecture: How Firms Find Success (BP5)
Speakers: Billie J. Faircloth, AIA;  Jeri Brittin, PhD;  Melissa Farling, FAIA;  Upali Nanda, Assoc. AIA

Friday, September 13, 2:15-3:15 p.m. and Saturday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

More firms are finding success through research, and many women are leading the way. This session, an extension to a proposed education session at AIA's Conference on Architecture, will outline how three firms are prospering through research and provide examples of what their research entails. You’ll also hear about the journeys each of these women followed to make them leaders in both practice and research. Their work as visionaries, experts, and firm leaders demonstrate important ways women are transforming design and the profession. 1 LU.

How to Set your Career Path and Lead Authentically (HT4)
Speakers: Jill Bergman, AIA;  Katie Fricke, AIA;  Sandy Tkacz, AIA

Friday, September 13, 2:15-3:15 p.m. and Saturday, September 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Professional and personal development can help women design professionals plot the trajectory of their career goals and gain confidence in finding leadership opportunities. During this session, three principals will share their career stories to facilitate discussion about how to lead with authenticity. You’ll also learn the importance of growing your soft skills, assessing your skill gaps, navigating transitions, and how firm culture influences your career path. During the interactive mapping exercise, get actionable steps to help ‘Reframe, Rethink, Refresh’ your strategic career path. 1 LU.

HDR Sponsored Happy Hour at our Minneapolis Studio 

Friday, September 13, 6-7:30 p.m. 
600 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 260
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1821


Our Attendees

Amy Williams, Managing Principal, Minneapolis
Rachel Bartling, Health Principal, Minneapolis
Melissa Emerson, Project Architect, Minneapolis
Julianne Scherer, Managing Principal, Denver
Elizabeth Mahon, Managing Principal, Philadelphia
Alice Sun, Senior Project Architect, Philadelphia 
Ronda Wang, Managing Principal, Houston
April Drake, Senior Project Architect, Arlington
Jessica Peckham Flake, Architectural Coordinator, Atlanta
Jeri Brittin, PhD, Director of Research, Omaha
Katie Fricke, Healthcare Planning Principal, Charlotte
Jill Bergman, Healthcare Principal, San Francisco
Sandy Tkacz, Healthcare Principal, Richmond
Katie Pedersen, Senior Project Architect, Atlanta
Diane Hamlin, Project Principal, Los Angeles
Rachel Riopel, Digital Design Principal, Minneapolis