Shape the future of your AIA at the
2011 Leadership AIA Day!
Like you and your practice, AIA Michigan is at a critical point. We've all felt the economic challenges, but there are opportunities for positive change as well. And AIA Michigan wants to be right there beside you, supporting you by providing more relevant, value-laden programs and services. But we need you.
I am pleased to announce the first Leadership AIA Day Friday, October 28, 2011, at the Christman Building in Lansing. The highlight of Leadership AIA Day is the annual business meeting for all members. Running from 3:30-4:30 p.m., the business meeting presents an opportunity for all AIA members to hear directly from your state AIA leaders, and to provide critical input on how AIA Michigan can best meet your needs. Over the summer, all members will be invited to participate in a brief on-line survey. The results will be sent out before the business meeting, and then members will get to engage in dialogue around the survey's key findings.
The business meeting is not the only important part of Leadership AIA Day, however. We have assembled a whole day's worth of programming, but have designed the day so any member can participate in part or all of the day. The schedule is:
Registration Starting at 8 a.m.
Tour of the Power and Light Building 9-10:30 a.m.
Continuing education track 1 10:45 a.m. - noon
Lunch (will be provided) Noon - 1 p.m.
Keynote speaker MSU economist Charles Ballard 1-1:45 p.m.
Continuing education track 2 2-3:30 p.m.
Business meeting 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Town Hall 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Afterglow 5:30-7 p.m.
There will be four continuing education sessions in all, two in the morning and two in the afternoon, and all will qualify for AIA Continuing Education credit. One session will feature Irv Poke from the Construction Codes Division. Another session on how to set up and run your own business will be designed especially for emerging professionals. For the remaining two slots, we'd like to hear your suggestions. If you have attended a session you thought was worthwhile, if there's a topic or a speaker you'd like to see, or if you present a program you think would appeal to AIA members, please send an email with a brief summary of the program to Executive Director Barb Sido at email@example.com.
We are seeking sponsorships to keep the cost of attendance as low as possible. Christman is providing the meeting space at no charge, and is hosting the afterglow. We are grateful for their support of this important new initiative.
There will be a small, direct cost recovery registration fee that will cover all programs, as well as beverage service, snacks and a boxed lunch. For those who wish to attend only the annual meeting, Town Hall, and afterglow, there is no charge. Scholarship monies are available for emerging professionals. We will provide a list of nearby hotels, at various price points, for those who'd like to stay overnight in Lansing.
Further details will be communicated in the next couple of months. But in the meantime, I wanted you to be aware of this exciting new opportunity to have your voice heard on behalf of the profession and the AIA. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 28, in Lansing for the first ever Leadership AIA Day. If you have any questions, please contact Barb (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com).
We look forward to seeing you on October 28th!
Victor Saroki, FAIA
2011 Vice PresidentAIA Michigan