Industry Leaders Roundtable Retreat

The Industry Leaders Roundtable program is designed to embolden firms and their representatives to undertake institutional change within their organizations, by providing them research, tools, and support to be agents of change.

Values-Driven Design

In its thirteenth year, the Industry Leaders Roundtable brings together thought leaders in organizational psychology, sociology, law, architecture and engineering to change culture by providing research, information and action-oriented programs to achieve greater representation of women in the AEC industries.

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Why attend?

The full integration of women into the workplace produces firm-wide benefits including expanded markets, improved recruitment, and retention of key talent. This two-day retreat is the only event of its kind where participants develop targeted plans to combat bias, promote and retain leaders, and effect change in the organizational culture.

Who attends?

  • Principals in architecture, engineering, and construction
  • Directors of Human Resources in the AEC industries
  • Attorneys in related fields
  • Academic leaders in business management, architecture, planning, and engineering

Day 1: Graham Foundation
Welcome breakfast and Introduction

Value vs. Values: Time and the evolving workforce
Ann Lui, Future Firm

Values in the Studio: Teaching Leadership
Reed Kroloff, IIT

Lunch Served

The Value of Design: Advancing the stakes and intersections
Jackie Koo, Koo Architecture

Inheriting the past, building for the future: New workplace ideals
Lynda Dossey, AIA, Jahn/

Maintaining Value: Underacknowledged Archives
Alison Fisher, Art Institute of Chicago

Cocktail Reception + Dinner
Gilt Bar
230 W Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Day 2: Experimental Station

10:00- 11:00
Relearning Value I: Creativity in Community
Christy Cheng, OMA + Hana Ishikawa, Site Design Group

Relearning Value II: Challenges in Community
Dr. Louise Bernard, Obama Presidential Center Museum and Nootan Bharani, AIA, Arts+ Public Life, University of Chicago

Relearning Value III: Building in Community
Tour of Obama Presidential Center*

*First 10 registrations receive a private Hard-Hat Tour.

Concluding Lunch

Registration Information

Space is limited to 20 participants. First 10 registrations receive a private Hard Hat Tour of the Obama Presidential Center. Remaining participants will receive a outside-the-fence and model tour, including a history of Jackson Park and visits to the Japanese Garden that dates back to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and Yoko Ono’s first public artwork in the US. Registrants will receive an itinerary and bibliography in advance of the event.

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