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The Professional Development Sub-Committee was established to focus on programming that supports professional growth at all stages of a design career. Research initiatives in recent years have focused on diagnosing the roadblocks that face women in the industry. This Sub-Committee’s focus is on developing the skills needed to stay, flourish, and lead.  We look to identify areas critical for success but often never explicitly addressed within a firm or by other professional organizations. 

Programming for the upcoming year will be focused on effectively communicating design ideas, through the lens of storytelling.  As designers, our challenge is frequently to take a multitude of competing needs, wants, and influences, and build consensus around a single vision amongst many stakeholders.  Our audiences range from highly technical design partners to the general public in a community where we are outsiders. A series of workshops and discussions will focus on three different aspects of communicating design ideas to successfully and positively impact the built environment.

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