Identifying and grooming our next generation of leaders is often a daunting task. Many firms and organizations find that success in the future is dependent on a clear plan to identify, train, and retain talent and potential leaders. This session will outline the Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program (CKLDP) and actively engage the participants through both lecture format and breakout sessions. We will examine the multiple facets of knowledge that emerging professionals need to acquire to be prepared for future leadership roles. Key discussions related to marketing, firm management, collaboration, professional ethics, and community service are some of the key components that will be addressed.
1. Evaluate information necessary to address the need to educate and inform our emerging professional’s important leadership skills early in their career.
2. Justify why leadership is an important skill set necessary to engage both their office and community.
3. Observe vital leadership skills lacking from within our profession and how best to address this need.
4. Identify key content and trends within the profession to develop future sessions of the program.
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Lunch, Introduction and Scholar Expectations
12:45 PM – 1:30 PM – Opening Keynote by Ashley Marsh
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Boot Camp Brainstorming / Session Activities for Scholars
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Closing Keynote by Evelyn Lee
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM – Closing Comments
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Happy Hour
Opening Keynote: Ashley Marsh, RA, MASS Design Group
Responsible for securing strategically-aligned partners, supporters, and funding to advance the mission and secure the long term health of MASS Design Group, Ashley guides the stewardship of existing relationships as well as the identification, qualification and cultivation of new ones. Based in San Francisco on unceded Ramaytush Ohlone land, Ashley is an avid bikepacker and a regular volunteer farmer at the largest agricultural site in the city, Alemany Farm, which gives all the food they harvest to neighbors for free.
Trained as an architect, Ashley’s early career specialized in consulting on the upstream stages of project and owner readiness, advising a spectrum of education, technology, creative and nonprofit organizations in design, strategy and change management capacities. She helped a public school in Oakland, California win a $10 million XQ Super School grant and was named ‘40 under 40’ by the San Francisco Business Times. Her research has received funding from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and been included in the conference proceedings for the Environmental Design Research Association, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference. She is a recipient of the Design Futures Council Emerging Leader award and serves on the Advisory Board of the Boston Architectural College
Closing Keynote: Evelyn Lee, FAIA | NOMA, AIA President Elect 2025
Evelyn M. Lee, FAIA, is a multi-faceted professional who uniquely blends her architectural background with a tech-driven focus. As an architect now immersed in the tech industry, she serves as an angel investor, startup advisor, and fractional COO for SMB Architecture firms, playing a pivotal role in their growth and success. Despite her career transition, Evelyn’s passion for architecture remains unshaken, fueled by a deep admiration for the professionals in the field, their dedication to serving clients, and the indelible impact they imprint on communities.
A sought-after speaker, Evelyn regularly shares her insights on the evolution of architecture practice, leadership and team development, the integration of technology in practice operations, and the exploration of alternative careers. Outside of her architectural pursuits, she is a founding advisor for Women Defining AI, championing a more inclusive and diverse landscape in artificial intelligence. Evelyn Lee’s leadership and forward-thinking approach are not just about innovation and progress, they’re about guiding the architectural profession towards new, uncharted directions.