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Women in Design Mentoring Committee Presents

a Year Long Design Your Career Series

The average worker today stays at each of her jobs for 4.4 years, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that. That means that incoming employees could have 15 - 20 jobs over the course of their career. In this fast moving world determining what path to take your career can be difficult to determine. By learning how to design your career and take charge of the direction you are heading we can learn how to be more satisfied by our daily jobs and how to reach our long term goals. This year, Women in Design is exploring this topic with events and programming that will strategize career planning, explore career paths and give us the tools to build our own personal brands.

Design Thinking Workshop:

How can we leverage the principles we apply in our daily practice towards other aspects of our lives, in particular, the way we plan our careers? This event will introduce the concepts behind the latest buzz of design thinking strategy and evaluate the various ways it can be implemented. The workshop will include a series of exercises designed to help the participants reflect on their personal goals and strategies, allowing them to continuously and creatively evolve throughout their career.

Workshop Leader:

Jessica Artiles is a designer, maker, educator, Cuban dancer, snowboarder, and roadtripper, but above all else, a connector. Jessica studied at MIT and has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, as well as Dual Masters in Mechanical Engineering and the Technology and Policy Program. She researches how design thinking can be taught to non-designers in order
to innovate in large systems and will apply these skills to how we can use design thinking strategies to reinvigorate our careers.

Divergent Paths:

Career paths are rarely a linear ladder, but rather a jungle gym of events and opportunities. In this installment of Design Your Career Series, we would like to explore the various ways notable individuals in the design profession have navigated within the profession to define and achieve their goals. We will be hearing stories of inspirational women across the profession exploring opportunities within traditional practices as well as more uncommon paths that their background has helped create.

Panelists: Pamela Delphenich, FAIA Carol Burns, FAIA, LEED Anne Haynes, AIA, LEED, MBA Andrea Love, AIA, LEED FELLOW

Moderator: Jennifer McGrory, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP

Design Your Brand Workshop:

Branding isn't only about a job search; it's about who you are at work, what you are known for, and how colleagues describe you when you’re not there. How can you build a positive brand as a combination of your personal values and philosophy, your attitude and visible attributes, as well as your skills, experience, and education? The workshop will explore a series of exercises to help participants understand the fundamentals of branding and the tools and strategies to begin to articulate and leverage one's own unique value.

Date: Monday, March 26, 2018 | Time: 6-8 pm

Location: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston


Workshop Leader:

Kim Littlefield is a Senior Vice President for Keystone Partners, and has over 15 years experience in strategic business development. As a career management and leadership strategist, Kim works with global organizations in developing successful programs for hiring and retention, executive coaching, team building and executive education and management training. She holds a Master of Science degree in Adult and Organizational Learning from Suffolk University and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Bryant University, and is a sought after speaker on topics such as Networking for Success, Navigating a Room, Negotiating and Personal Branding.

Thank You to Our Sponsors:



As part of this series we've put together resources for people who want to go deeper on this topic.

Boston Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, and The American Association of University Women (AAUW) FREE Negotation workshops

New York Times: Is It Better to Buy or Rent - Interactive calculator

Salary Stats

A book of local salaries from the BSA salary poll. Available at the front desk of the BSA.

AIA Compensation Report (Free):

ASLA Graduating Student Survey (Free):

ASLA Compensation Report ($99):


Annual Architectural Study by DiCicco, Gulman & Company’s (DGC) benchmarks financial performance and other key indicators (e.g. utilization rates, billing multiples, overhead costs, and working capital ratios) based on input from over 30 architecture firms throughout the Northeast. Download the Architectural Study or Download the Engineering Report on our website


Women Don’t Ask - Linda Babcock

A well-researched book that looks at women and negotiation, the cost of not negotiating on our professional lives, and how women can begin to negotiate more.

Ask for It - Linda Babcock

In this follow up to Women Don’t Ask the authors translate the research of their first book into hands-on strategies and lessons, including a multi-week “negotiation gym” that slowly ramps up your negotiation prowess.


She Negotiates

Great negotiation resources page for women, run by a negotiation coaching company for women.


An Introduction to Negotiation:

This first event in the series brings together a panel of experts from diverse backgrounds, with insights into various types of negotiations and their role in the architecture and design fields. During this discussion the panel will review and evaluate successes and failures of different negotiation techniques as well as share their experience of lessons learned from the field.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 | Time: 6-8 pm
Location: BSA |SPACE|


Carrie Hawley – Senior  Principal at HLB Lighting Design

James Kostaras – Expert in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in Urban Design and Development

Jeanne Lukenda – Co-chair of Women’s Principal Group at BSA and former principal at CRJA

Mia Scharphie – Founder of the BuildYourself+ Workshop

Joanne Linowes – Career  Coach with Linowes Executive Development Institute

Alison Laas – Event Moderator, Associate and Architect at Payette

Negotiation; The Skills:

The best thing you can do to up your negotiation skills is to use them. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss strategies for successful negotiation--with a special focus on strategies for women--and then we’ll put them to use through practice. We’ll identify our opportunities for negotiation and prepare with the support of others.

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016 | Time: 6-8pm
Location: BSA |SPACE|


Carrie Hawley – Co-chair of Women Principals Group at BSA and Senior Principal at HLB Lighting Design 

Jeanne Lukenda – Co-chair of Women Principals Group at BSA and former principal at CRJA

Joanne Linowes – Career Coach with Linowes Executive Development Institute

Sarah Lindenfeld – Associate Principal at Payette and Alumni Co-Chair of the BSA Women in design Group

Yanel de Angel – Associate Principal at Perkins+Will 

Rachel Zsembery – Principal at Bergmeyer

Financial Savvy, Throughout Your Career:

Just getting your first job in the field? Moving into a principal role? Coming back after an extended absence? Throughout our careers we face different opportunities and challenges regarding personal and professional finances. Join us as we hear from a panel of industry experts on their advice and observations of financial planning and negotiation strategy.

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | Time: 6-8 pm
Location: BSA, Fort Point Room


Jane Weinzapfel – Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Tamara Roy – Principal at Stantec Architecture

Daniel Gaudet – CPA Principal at DiCicco, Gulman and Company, Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors

Maren Reepmeyer – Senior Associate at CBT Archiects

Kyla Astley – Marketing Manager at Perkins+Will

Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Event Moderator, Senior Associate at Arrowstreet


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