2023 Emerging Leaders Program Kicks Off in March

March - August

Since 2009, the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) has provided a forum for participants to enhance their abilities in three areas of leadership: the firm, the profession, and the community.

The content of the award-winning program has been reformatted to include some of the content in pre-session exercises, while adding important topics for today's leaders.  Here is what can be expected:
March Retreat – The Architect as Leader
April Session – Community & Civic Engagement
May Session – Firm & Project Leadership
June Session – Volunteerism & Advocacy
July Session – ESG, IDEA, & Risk Management
August Session – Bringing it All Together
Pre-session exercises may include podcasts, articles, or other specific exercises. Each session will conclude with an optional reflection tackling specific leadership issues.

Sessions will take place on Friday afternoons, noon - 5:00pm, starting with lunch.  The location will vary.

See the brochure linked below for additional information and links to the online application and reference forms. 

2023 Facilitator: Suzanne Smith, MBA, CEO, Social Impact Architects

Suzanne Smith serves as a coach and consultant for social organizations seeking to maximize the impact of their social strategies and achieve real, measurable results. Having spent the greater part of the past three decades generating innovative and breakthrough social ideas, she has been widely recognized for her success in building and implementing award-winning programs and initiatives within the social sector. The daughter of two career educators, she has deep expertise in the social sector locally and nationally. Suzanne holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she was a CASE (Center for
the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship) scholar. 

Outside of Social Impact Architects, Suzanne holds a research fellowship at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University and is an adjunct professor in the school of management at the University of Texas at Arlington and SMU. She is also a member of the prestigious Society of Organizational
Learning (founded by Peter Senge).

Suzanne also authors Social TrendSpotter (@socialtrendspot), one of the sector’s top blogs according to the Huffington Post. Known for its relatable way of blending important concepts and new ways of working with storytelling, Social TrendSpotter has been hailed by readers as “the only blog I read each week.” She is frequently interviewed by regional and national media on social issues and social entrepreneurship and has published articles in Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, See Change, Nonprofit Business Advisor, Upstart and Grantmakers in Health. For her outstanding work as a leading thinker, she was recognized with the Next
Generation Social Entrepreneur Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance.

Suzanne is a dedicated community leader herself and worn many hats, including serving the City of Dallas on a number of boards and commissions and working pro-bono/low-bono with many projects and nonprofits across North Texas.

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