Webinar- 2020 WIELD Event

  • Date

    Thursday, October 22 2020

  • Time

    5:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Location

    Webinar

The AIA|DC Equity Committee by WIELD is hosting its fifth signature WIELD (Women/We Inspire Emerging Leaders in Design) event on October 22nd. We are honored to celebrate the diverse stories of our speakers and their journies to success through a night of virtual storytelling and conversation.

This inclusive and inspiring storytelling event engages diverse industry leaders sharing their stories of empowerment and resilience through the lens of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The stories will highlight how each individual overcame pinch points and career dynamics that hinder career progression while sharing the opportunities that encouraged their growth and success. The underlying objective is to establish meaningful and deep conversations among all emerging professionals and firm leaders from every background, gender, and community about engaging the next generation of leaders in the future of the profession and our communities.

Meet and be inspired by this year’s cohort as they empower and encourage the next generation’s advancement in their professions, as well as those just starting their careers. While the event is virtual this year, we will still have opportunities for our community to engage and learn from fellow emerging and established leaders from across the country!

#WIELDyourStory #AIADCEquity

Please note that this event supports the Barbara G. Laurie Scholarship Fund.


Presented by: 

Jane Mahaffie - Principal, Stonebridge

Monica Ponce de Leon - Dean, Princeton University School of Architecture; Founding Principal, MPdL Studio

Upali Nanda, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, ACHE - Principal and Director of Research, HKS, Inc.; Assoc. Professor of Practice, University of Michigan

Gary Hamilton, PE, CEng, PMP, LEED AP, CxA, EDAC, FASHE - Senior Vice President and East Region Healthcare Practice Leader, WSP USA

Trinity Simons- Executive Director, Mayor’s Institute on City Design


Organized by: AIA|DC Equity Committee by WIELD

Sponsored by: HKS; HOK; and WSP


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

  • Discuss the process of developing your personal career roadmap;

  • Describe how emerging professionals can connect their passions with different specializations to find their niche within the profession;

  • Explain the pinch points and career dynamics that can affect professional growth; and

  • Envision the future of the architecture profession and how emerging professionals can contribute.