Class of 2020 Bootcamp

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Date: September 6, 2019
Location: District Architecture Center, 421 7th St NW, Washington, DC
Sponsors: HKS, Gensler, WDG, & AIA|DC

CKLDP’s first official session of the 2019-2020 year was held at the District Architecture Center on Friday, September 6. Claire Dickey, current chair, and Teri Coates, past chair, led the events for the afternoon and began the session by welcoming the incoming class. Claire provided an overview on the history of the program, a summary of the goals and expectations for the program, and outlined the schedule for the day.

Teri reminded the class that the success of the program is scholar driven: what they put into the program is what they will get out of it.

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To kick of the leadership discussion for the afternoon, the first Keynote, Julia Gamolina of Madam Architect, presented her story of creating the influential blog and the lessons she has learned from interviewing other architects within the profession. Career advice provided in the presentation included:

  • The importance of having a mentor;
  • The difficult balance of aligning one’s professional goals with personal ones in order to enjoy one’s ever-evolving career path;
  • The importance of being flexible while being consistent;
  • Finding a role one feels comfortable and confident in;
  • Setting goals and routinely re-evaluating them over periods of time in order to mantain one’s development.

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After the presentation, the sixteen scholars were asked to deliver a Pecha-Kucha presentation in 60 seconds with 3 images: one to describe themselves; one representing the type of leader they are; and an image representing the type of leader they want to be in the future.

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Following the Pecha-Kucha, the class took part in the first breakout exercise. The scholars organized into groups of four to review the eight sessions’ topics and themes. Members of advisory and executive committees facilitated the brainstorming exercise in which all groups identified topics and issues they would like to be covered in a session.

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Once complete, the class reconvened to review and discuss the key takeaways for each session’s topic.

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Following the discussion, Claire made the lon-awaited announcement: which sessions the scholars will be responsible for in the coming year, and with whom they are paired.

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The eight teams were given time to review the class suggestions for each topic with the goal of capturing the most important concepts from each vision board.

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The class then reconvened and the advisory committee briefly introduced the scholars to the basic guidelines of communications, graphics, the website, sponsorship. and online resources.

Shannon Kraus concluded the day’s focus on leadership by introducing the scholars to the concept of servant leadership. His talk, which was based on his TED Talk, titled “Leaders Wanted. (Apply Within)” descrived a leader as someone who focuses on people, shares power, and puts the needs of others first.

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Mr. Kraus highlighted why successful leadership involves bettering others as you better yourself, telling the group that people often limit our expectations and potential to give without realizing it. Following the keynote, the class reconvened for the annual alumni happy hour at the establishment, Dirty Habit.

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The AIA|DC 2020 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Class

CKLDP-DC: 2019 Call for Applications

It’s time to get excited…. The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program’s (CKLDP) Application Submissions for the class of 2020 are just around the corner. Here’s what you need to know to apply!

What is CKLDP? Beginning in 2013, the AIA|DC chapter undertook an initiative to develop a program which would help train and nurture the next generation of leaders. With the success of the program, the CKLDP looks to secure a promising new cohort of scholars in 2020. The year-long program consists of nine half-day sessions attended by a competitively selected group of 16 emerging professionals*. Prospective participants must go through an application process for selection where proven career success, community involvement and the individual’s firm/agency support will be considered.

How and when are applications due?

What should I start preparing? Please click the following links for relevant information, instructions and forms: 

What do I need to submit to be considered? Applications must include the following. Incomplete applications may be disqualified:

  1. Letter of Interest – candidates must submit a one-page written letter of interest that describes your past experiences and interest in the program, as well as what you feel you will contribute to the upcoming class. Letters are limited to one page and uploaded in PDF format. (Last Name-First Name-Letter of Interest.pdf)
  2. Letters of Recommendation – each application must include a minimum of one and maximum of three, letter(s) of recommendation. It is in the best interest of the applicant to provide only strong letters of support/recommendation. Letters are limited to one page each and uploaded in PDF format. (Last Name-First Name- Letter of Recommendation-1.pdf)
  3. Personal Resume – including applicant’s education, employment history, organizations or activity involvement, and honors and awards. Resumes are preferred to be no more than two pages and uploaded in PDF format. It is NOT in the best interest of the applicant to simply submit a 1-page firm resume with project experience. Instead, include relevant topics such as education, community involvement, industry involvement, volunteer work, etc. (Last Name-First Name-Resume.pdf)
  4. Agreement Form – completed, signed, and uploaded in PDF format. Please click here to download a copy of the form. (Last Name-First Name-Agreement.pdf)

How do I learn more? There will be an “Applications 101” information session hosted by members of the CKLDP Selection Committee where candidates can ask questions about what to include and what not to include in applications. Attendance at this event is NOT mandatory for applications and will hold no merit on acceptance into the program. This event will take place as follows:

  • When: May 30, 2019 at 6:30pm.
  • Where: WDG Architecture
    1025 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 300
    Washington, DC  20036
  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Have more questions? Reach out to Claire or Teri for more information:

Clarification! The difference between a letter of interest and a letter of recommendation is a follows:

  • Letter of Interest – a letter of interest should come from the applicant themselves. The letter should address specific leadership skills that the candidate will bring to the program, as well as what the candidate expects to gain from the program. Applicants are still highly encouraged to provide additional letters of recommendations as support.
  • Letter of Recommendation – a letter of recommendation speaks to the leadership character of the applicant. Individual and specific stories are shared, which reinforce both the personal qualities and professional traits of the applicant. Letters of recommendation are encouraged to be provided by others who have worked closely with the applicant, but do not have to be from within the industry (church, university, client, contractor, coach, etc.).

We look forward to your application!

*An emerging professional is defined as someone who has graduated from college with an architecture degree and is within 10 years of their first licensure.