Meeting/Event Information

Building Gender & Racial Equity - Expanding Your Network

January 13, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Meeting

Personally and professionally, we all want to avoid being caught up in the “echo chamber” of our own beliefs and experiences. Intentionally developing a diverse network is a great way to welcome new viewpoints, ideas, and knowledge, but it can be challenging to put into practice. Join leaders from the Twin Cities chapters of the National Association of Women in Construction and the National Organization of Minority Architects as we discuss the importance of diversifying your networks, both personally and for the A/E/C industry, and how you can be intentional about making that happen. This moderated conversation will be a great opportunity for industry professionals and leaders to be thoughtful and intentional about who makes up their networks, and how they can grow.

Who Should Attend:
Firm Principals
Marketing Director
Business Development Director
Business Development Staff
Communications Coordinator

Learning Objectives:

  1. What it looks like to have a racially and gender diverse network
  2. What the benefits of having a diverse network are to you, your community, and your profession
  3. How to be intentional about expanding and diversifying your network

SMPS Domains of Practice (for CPSM)
3 - Client and Business Development
6 - Information, Resource, and Organizational Management

About the Speakers


Jennifer Carlson, Senior Project Coordinator at Ryan Companies
Jennifer Carlson has spent her career in the trades and construction industry and currently serves as the President of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and as Senior Project Coordinator at Ryan. Jennifer brings a broad perspective to her roles and finds it inspiring to play a part in the actual building process, from the day the foundation is laid, all the way through completion.


Wale Falade, Principal at FIHÀN Design + Architecture
Wale Falade is the incoming Vice President of MSP NOMA and founder of FIHÀN Design+Architecure, an architecture practice that believes in democratizing design and finding beauty in the simplest things. His work emphasizes a rigorous, iterative, and collaborative design process, utilizing mixed modes of design representation to foster engagements with clients. He has contributed to the design education of future architects as an Adjunct Instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis, where he has taught for the past 7 years.



$30.00 Member Registration

$45.00 Non-Member Registration