AIA Chicago transFORM Leadership Series

April Hughes, AIA, former graduate of Cohort 17 of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program has worked collaboratively to forge a strategic partnership between the program and AIA Chicago in order to create a platform for AEC professionals to focus on transformative leadership and business skill building, components often missing from the professional education of practitioners.

AIA Chicago Receives AIA Trust Grant for Inaugural Leadership Program

A grant sponsored by The AIA Trust, Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc. and the CNA Insurance Companies in the amount of $3,000 was awarded to AIA Chicago in April of 2017. The grant will be used to support AIA Chicago transFORM, an interdisciplinary interactive program focused on tactical leadership and business skill building.

About AIA Chicago transFORM

AIA Chicago transFORM is an interdisciplinary, interactive series focused on skill building for the business of architecture. The program centers on transformational leadership, utilizing strategic, tactical and operational skill sets designed to affect change in an architect's individual career and within their firm.

The curriculum, consisting of monthly modules, will arm “high potential” professionals, including executives and emerging professionals, with the business skills necessary to succeed in the profession by integrating real-world competencies with leadership fundamentals.

Every module will have a lens, focused on providing a financial vocabulary, culture + team engagement, communication, personal leadership assessment including social style, presentation skill-building as well as entrepreneurial tools for architects for immediate use within both large and small firms. Each session will focus on both new content and the application of previously taught skills. All participants will be expected to report on how they have applied learned skills to affect change, allowing their peers to share feedback about that applied growth.

Co-Sponsors: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Chicago and Harold Washington College

Co-sponsored and powered by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB) Chicago program, and in partnership with Harold Washington College, this collaboration will bring award-winning faculty to the fingertips of AIA Chicago members and AEC professionals. AIA Chicago transFORM will combine the business curriculum offered to GS10KSB participants geared toward the business of architecture, and will feature speakers, panelists and educators from within the profession, providing real-world application of those business and leadership skills in an interdisciplinary setting.

About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses: GS10KSB is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. With multiple sites nationwide, GS10KSB has served over 8,000 small business owners. The program has reached businesses from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C, and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for the alumni of the program.



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