Emerging Leaders

Since 2017 the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Emerging Leaders program has offered an innovative professional development opportunity for select women 5-10 years out of school. In small group format (maximum of 24 selected participants), invitees will engage with significant senior women in architecture, real estate, law, and financial services to advance their own career goals. Share common experiences and trade personal strategies for success.

Sessions will be held March 30, April 25, and May 16 from 6:30-8:00 PM. Total program cost is $500. Visit www.bwaf.org to learn more, or contact info@bwaf.org.

Energy, Environment, Engagement


Melissa Burton
ARUP Canada's Principal Engineer

ARUP Canada's Principal engineer, Melissa Burton, took a childhood experience of natural disaster and transformed it into a data driven and award winning global technical career in wind engineering and climate modelling. In addition, she has the ENERGY for three children, an artist wife, and a side hustle in music, having lived in Hong Kong, South Korea, London, New York and now Toronto. Melissa's perspectives provide inspiration to re-charge both architects and engineers.

Time and location

Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 6:30-8PM


Lynn Simon
VP of Sustainability and Global ESG

Workshop your sustainability profile with Lynn Simon, VP of Sustainability and Global ESG. Whether your professional environment supports your whole self, or challenges your sensibilities, take advantage of Lynn's experience in global real estate sustainability at Google to give yourself a post-pandemic reset. Advance reading from "All We Can Save" will inform the session.

Time and location

Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 6:30-8PM


Emmanuelle Slossberg

Emmanuelle Slossberg has worked in branding and marketing, and presents engagement as a business development strategy. From experiences as diverse as the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization or other, to the Durst Organization, Cetra-Ruddy, and ULI, Emmanuelle offers the group both the professional perspective, as well as deep insights into the development world.

Time and location

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 6:30-8PM

View previous sessions from recent years:
2022: Agility, Ambition, Authenticity→
2021: Imagination, Integrity, Influence→
2021: Perseverance, Politics, Power→
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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