Diversifying the workforce to include women especially in leadership roles will increase the scope of talent and business opportunities at your firm and organization.
- Firms and organizations who engage in architecture and design
On June 8, 2013, AIA San Francisco hosted the second annual Missing 32% symposium in support of women in architecture. Leading minds from a range of firms representing sole practitioners to heads of large firms shared their insights and strategies on how to improve workplace conditions to encourage a more diverse work force. Panelists addressed work life balance issues, provided tips on how to strengthen communication and negotiation skills as well as discussed their approaches to leadership. Surprised attendees also welcomed opening remarks by special guest Denise Scott Brown who shared her experiences with the audience via Skype.
Although efforts have been made to further advance the position of women in the profession, architecture remains to be one of the industries with the least number of women in leadership roles. Most agreed that effective change requires a cultural shift. Together with a sold out crowd of energized professionals, the group decided that it was long overdue for the profession to make some necessary changes in order to remain relevant for the next generation.
To initiate change within the profession, AIA San Francisco Board President John Kouletsis would like to call upon firms and organizations to support a 50/50 initiative to increase the overall representation and participation of women on architectural award juries, Boards of Directors, and speaker line ups for AIA events. We ask for your support to make these changes and increase the scope of talent at your firm and organization.
For more information about the Missing 32, visit http://aiasf.org/programs/the-missing/.
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