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Be the Difference: The Origins of WLS, the Movement

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Join the WLS founders in conversation. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities experienced at various career stages that brought us together to form the AIA Boston Women Principals Group. You'll learn how the power of this community led to the inaugural Women's Leadership Summit. You'll hear how conventional and unconventional strategies were utilized effectively to bring about meaningful and measurable change by building a new movement that continues to touch all regions of the country and span generations of leaders. And you'll discuss lessons learned that continue to lead to refinements and pivots, all with the goal of keeping WLS inclusive, timely, and meaningful. Come prepared to share your thoughts on how this movement can evolve and inspire design professionals of all backgrounds to foster support, mentorship, and pathways to grow careers with a focus on leadership and design. Be empowered as we discuss how each of us can (and must!) step up to ensure a pipeline of future women leaders.

Course expires 10/22/2026

Learning Objectives


Engage in meaningful collaboration, collective actions, and dedication to continue the WLS movement.




Celebrate our achievements in leadership and design, while looking ahead to what is next.




Lead as professionals who show up, take risks, motivate, and keep moving forward to advance the profession.




Inspire others to see themselves and maximize their potential in order ignite the next generation of change and advocacy.