Architects Launch Program to Diversify Leadership Pipeline
The two-year program will help ethnically diverse women become more involved
In recent year, American Institute of Architects (AIA) members recognized that there was a dearth of diverse female leadership within the ranks of the association—from local and state chapters all the way up to the national leadership. In order to help combat this, AIA launched its Next to Lead program this month, which is designed to help spur ethnically diverse women to join the organization’s leadership.
“This program focuses specifically on association leadership,” said Nissa Dahlin-Brown, Ed.D, AIA director of higher education, diversity, and emerging professional engagement. “It’s not about building your business; it’s about the association leadership. It’s to get more women of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds into the leadership pipeline.”
The Next to Lead program will select 16 women to participate and provide two years of leadership-focused courses and training.
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