Determination, Design, Disruption

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.

Determination, Design, Disruption

Determination, Design, Disruption was held October 13th, November 12th, and December 3rd, 2020. Participants heard from speakers Juliet Hernandez-Eli, founding partner at Hernandez-Eli Architecture; Pat Bosch, Design Director and Principal at Perkins&Will; and Frances Bronet, President at Pratt Institute.

BWAF Fall 2020 Emerging Leaders Participants


Juliet Hernandez-Eli
Founding Partner, Hernandez-Eli Architecture

Possibly the single most significant facet in every leader’s success story, determination is nevertheless difficult to sustain against the odds. Gain insights with Juliet Hernandez, Founding Partner of Hernandez-Eli.

Time and location

When: October 13, 2020
Virtual session


Pat Bosch
Design Director and Principal, Perkins&Will

Explore the challenges and rewards of collaboratively pursuing good design, and the importance of undertaking responsible research involving multiple perspectives and customs, with Pat Bosch, Design Director and Principal at Perkins+Will.

Time and location

When: November 12, 2020
Virtual session


Frances Bronet
President at Pratt Institute

Disruption always creates new connections. But taking the leap into disrupting your own trajectory for the better takes courage and confidence. Learn with Frances Bronet, architect, and President of Pratt Institute.

Time and location

When: December 3, 2020
Virtual session

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→
2019: Confidence, Compensation, Competition→
2018: Finance, Fulfillment, Family→
2018: Networking, Negotiation, Nice→
2017: Risk, Rain-Making, Resilience→

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