Emerging Leaders

Launched in 2017, the BWAF Emerging Leaders program is a selective professional development opportunity for early- and mid-career women. Within a small group format, participants engage with significant senior women in architecture, design, engineering, construction, real estate, law, and financial services to advance their own career goals and connect with a cohort of ambitious colleagues across at similar professional levels. Participants share common experiences and trade personal strategies for advancing their field. Over 200 women have participated in past cohorts, building a timeless network of allies and support for each other.

Confidence, Compensation, Competition

Confidence, Compensation, Competition was held June 26th, July 25th, and August 27th, 2019. Participants heard from speakers Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP; Suzanne Pennasilico, SPHR; Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP; and Susan Hayes, Founder and CEO of Susan Hayes Enterprises.

BWAF Summer 2019 Emerging Leaders Participants


Carol Loewenson, FAIA, LEED AP
Partner | Mitchell Giurgola Architects LLP

Time and location

When: June 26, 2019
Where: Mitchell Giurgola Architects LLP


Suzanne Pennasilico, SPHR

Time and location

When: July 25, 2019
Where: Dattner Architects


Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Managing Principal | Dattner Architects

Time and location

When: July 25, 2019
Where: Dattner Architects


Susan Hayes
Founder and CEO | Susan Hayes Enterprises

Time and location

When: August 27, 2019
Where: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP

View previous sessions from recent years:
2023: Detours, Diligence, Dreams→
2023: Energy, Environment, Engagement→
2022: Agility, Ambition, Authenticity→
2021: Imagination, Integrity, Influence→
2021: Perseverance, Politics, Power→
2020: Priorities, Personhood, Profit→
2020: Determination, Design, Disruption→
2018: Finance, Fulfillment, Family→
2018: Networking, Negotiation, Nice→
2017: Risk, Rain-Making, Resilience→

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