DAC Leadership Series: The Invisible Leader - Webinar

  • Date

    Tuesday, June 29 2021

  • Time

    12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • Location

    Virtual

The DAC Leadership Series empowers mid-career professionals to take the next step in their careers, which often means new levels of leadership responsibilities. The goal of the series is to offer a variety of presentations, from purely inspirational discussions to hardcore training sessions, by showcasing presentations from the best and brightest of our membership. 

The theme of this year’s series is agility. The profession is undergoing significant changes from all directions. How can leaders and organizations become more nimble? Architects are already well suited to be agile leaders with a creative mindset, thinking about things from the inside out. How can we capitalize on design thinking and use it to improve our emerging leadership and the profession?

The first event of the 2021 DAC Leadership Series will focus on a personal journey to overcome survival mode and thrive while learning on the fly how to manage personal and professional expectations in a pandemic. No leadership book could prepare us for the abrupt shift to work from home. Some flourished while others withered without the daily community of an office environment. As managers, we quickly learned how to transition leadership and communication skills from daily live interactions to reach individuals in their own remote work settings and while trying to keep the interpersonal connections with teams. Now that we are moving back to the office, how will we transition and what successful communication strategies should we be taking with us?


Presenter: Anna Barbour 

Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from The Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and a Masters in Architecture from The Virginia Polytechnical Institute. She is Senior Project Manager at Beyer Blinder Belle in Washington, DC.  She has worked on complex projects, focused on design, documentation, and construction for multi-family residential, commercial, and public space projects in the metropolitan DC area. She is an active member of the AIA Northern Virginia, serving on the Board of Directors in 2008, a past chair of the Young Architects Forum and organizer of the ARE Prep series since 2007. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Women in Architecture Committee. She is a scholar from the 2011 Virginia Emerging Leaders in Architecture class and the 2016 Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program.


Learning Objectives:

  • Explore successful strategies to mentor from afar, identifying the needs of team members and  provide the guidance and direction they need to succeed.
  • Identify communication styles of team members and apply elective  strategies and incorporate empathy into daily interactions and appreciating the  humanity of the team: co-worker, client, consultant.
  • Apply collaborative tools to expand team communication and interaction.
  • Investigating how to prioritize the multiple meetings, emails, teams/slack chats and learning to single-task well.