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Leadership for the Next Generation

The 2019 DAC Leadership Series is comprised of 4 sessions throughout the year exploring The Future of the Profession, and ties into the AIA|DC Board of Director’s focus for the year. Please join us on October 8 for the next session in the series!

Session 3: Leadership for the Next Generation

What makes a great leader in the 21st century? Researchers have identified a range of characteristics for great leadership in our fast paced, technologically complex, and globally-connected world. In this panel discussion, we will explore some common traits among game-changing innovators and invite panelists who exemplify these characteristics to share how they leverage personal experiences to thrive in their careers. 

Kendra Wiley, LEED AP O+M, ENV SP
Kendra Wiley is the Program Analyst for the Green Building and Climate Branch  of the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), where  she implements programs and policies to reach the District’s carbon neutrality goals. Prior to her work at DOEE, she practiced real estate law and green building consulting in  Dallas, Texas. Ms. Wiley has her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas, and a J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Norma Morales Perez
Norma Morales Perez serves as the Senior Vice President of Brand + Culture for EDENS, the owner and developer of Union Market, Mosaic District and the new La Cosecha which opens this Fall in DC. She leads the Brand + Culture department which is comprised of diverse disciplines including employee engagement, placemaking, marketing, PR/communications, and creative media. Prior to EDENS, Norma was a designer for Gensler in Washington, D.C. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University, College of Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Georgetown University where she guest lectures.

Vaughn Perry
Vaughn Perry is the Equitable Development Manager for 11th Street Bridge Park. His role is to oversee and implement the deliverables for the Equitable Development Plan. A D.C. native, Vaughn has been a resident and homeowner in Ward 8 for over 16 years. Vaughn’s research interests focus on ecojustice pedagogies, community engagement and green job/skill development. Previously, Vaughn worked for the Anacostia Watershed Society, where he led the National Capital Region – Watershed Stewards Academy providing community leaders with the resources to serve as a point in their community on storm water issues. Vaughn holds a Bachelor’s degree in IT from Strayer University and a Master’s Degree in Project Management from George Washington University.

Presented by: AIA|DC


More DAC Leadership Series events:

Non-traditional Practice Alternatives
December 9, 6:30 – 8:00pm

Later this year we will be developing our Series for 2020 and we welcome your ideas and input for programming and themes. Please come and join us as we discuss new and interesting ways that you can be a leader in the Future of our Profession!


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the sources and opportunities in one’s life to build leadership practices;

  • Learn how diversity and prosperity are linked;

  • Hear different stories of courage and how leaders prepare for big change; and

  • Develop strategies to build support and challenge for leadership growth.