Emerging Leaders

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Emerging Leaders program is a New York-based, selective professional development opportunity for women 5–10 years out of school. In small group format, invitees engage with significant senior women in architecture, engineering, construction, real estate, law, and financial services to advance their own career goals. Participants share common experiences and trade personal strategies for success.

Perseverance, Politics, Power

In response to the coronavirus outbreak and federal guidance on gatherings, the 2020 and current 2021 Emerging Leaders programs are being hosted as virtual sessions with inspirational speakers, and limited to 20 participants. We are offering the program at a reduced cost for the selected participants.

Meet the Spring 2021 Emerging Leaders Program participants


Angelica T. Baccon, AIA
Principal, SHoP Architects

This has been a really challenging year to “hang in there.” And what about managing with two little ones at home? That takes perseverance, grace, and imagination – Angelica T. Baccon, AIA, Principal, SHoP Architects, will share insights with us.

Time and location

When: Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 6:30-8PM
Virtual session


Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA
Principal, PKSB Architects

You can’t make it to the top by professional competence alone. Sherida Paulsen, Principal PKSB Architects, and former Chair, Landmarks Preservation Commission, will discuss politics with a small “p” and Politics… now.

Time and location

When: Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6:30-8PM
Virtual session


Phoebe Yee, AIA
Senior Vice President, Design, Related California

Hear from architect turned developer, Phoebe Yee, Senior Vice President, Design, Related California, about both the importance of realizing your personal power, and the necessity of understanding where the power is in the real estate industry.

Time and location

When: Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 6:30-8PM
Virtual session

View previous sessions from recent years:
2022: Agility, Ambition, Authenticity→
2021: Imagination, Integrity, Influence→
2020: Priorities, Personhood, Profit→
2020: Determination, Design, Disruption→
2019: Confidence, Compensation, Competition→
2018: Finance, Fulfillment, Family→
2018: Networking, Negotiation, Nice→
2017: Risk, Rain-Making, Resilience→

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