Webinar - DAC Leadership Series: Perspective & Influence

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    Monday, June 29 2020

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The mid-career role in design practices often feels like being caught between tremendous responsibility on the one hand with little agency to affect change on the other. This session will share lessons learned from real project experience and perspectives from women at various stages in their careers to help you navigate your next step in your career development. While the stories shared in this session are told through the voices of women, the perspective and guidance shared is valuable insight to anyone mid-career in the architecture profession.

Presented by:

Laura Ettelman, AIA, Managing Partner
Laura Ettelman is a Managing Partner in SOM’s New York office with over 25 years of experience leading large multidisciplinary teams. Her unique ability to manage large, technically complex projects with critical construction, phasing, and operational requirements is ideal for projects with large teams and extensive stakeholder groups. She fosters a high level of teamwork through effective communication and strong project management that maximizes the integration of architectural design and technical development to meet client goals and objectives. As a managing partner, Ettelman uses her expertise and experience to deliver outstanding projects for both domestic and international clients.

Carrie Moore, AIA, Director, SOM
As a Director in SOM’s New York office, Carrie Moore leads the implementation of complex projects, particularly for institutional clients. She integrates the work of all design and consultant teams, directing documentation, coordination, and implementation so that every project fulfills its design, technical, sustainability, schedule, and budget goals. Carrie also leads SOM’s Year One program, the firm’s accelerated program for professional development in architecture, engineering, urban planning, and interior design. As a senior-level mentor for the program, she supports entry-level employees through their first year at SOM by offering immersive opportunities to develop their own research initiatives and to contribute to SOM’s ongoing projects.

Yasemin Kologlu, RIBA, Director, SOM
Yasemin Kologlu is a Director in SOM’s New York office and a strong advocate for equality, diversity, and innovation in the design industry. She adopts a forward thinking and holistic approach to design that integrates wellbeing, environmental design, and technology, and promotes inclusivity.Yasemin's work has contributed to SOM’s reputation as a leader in sustainable design and wellbeing. As a LEED® Accredited Professional, she is also an ambassador of the Sustainable Design Group for the firm. Throughout her career, Yasemin has been actively involved in leadership and mentorship activities with organizations such as RIBA and the UK Green Building Council. She is committed to pluralism and diversity of design in practice.

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

  • Demonstrate leadership through advocacy for one self and for others;

  • Understand the importance of establishing priorities to achieve career goals;

  • Leverage a mid-career role to advocate for positive change in an organization; and

  • Understand how to achieve results through action and consensus building.​

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 hard-core training sessions.