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What you can expect from the virtual Lean in Design Forum

Adjusting to our new normal, no matter how temporary, means reimagining how we connect and learn. This year’s Lean in Design Forum is a prime example. The now virtual event may look and feel different, but the cutting-edge content, expert presentations, and compelling discussions planned will maintain the same caliber as years past. Maybe even better — this year, we have the unique opportunity to experience a new form of collaboration and inclusivity. While everyone may be joining from the safety of their own space, we’re all coming together as one to discuss these timely and essential topics that impact teams and work in the design community.

Here are just a few things you can expect this year:

Virtual attendee technology checks

First, we will begin both days by ensuring all technology is functioning properly for attendees. We encourage attendees to log on between 10:30-11 a.m. EST to make time to confirm you are set up to get the full virtual experience.

Expert insights on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Hear from the below panelists as they share guidance from their research and experience in adopting EDI principles to build successful teams and foster effective solutions.

Lean and Evidence-Based Design: Where to Begin

A partnership between Lean and Evidence-Based Design can transform your project outcomes.  This integrated approach ensures you’re beginning with research and data collection to uncover the true why for the project, the root cause of issues in the current design and/or process and generating informed solutions to evaluate. Join this session led by Donna Deckard, Director of Strategic Projects, Center for Health Design, Andrea Sponsel, Director of Lean Strategy and Change Management, BSA LifeStructures, and Terri Zborowsky, Research Specialist, HGA Architects & Engineers and leave with tools and resources that can be applied on your next project.

Building High Performing Teams

High performing teams are those that learn and grow together, maximizing the unique skills each member possesses. Hear from HKS, Inc. experts Bernita Beikmann, Chief Process Officer, Health Group, and Stevi McKoy, director of organizational development as they lead an interactive session on strengthening teams and their performances with trust and respect.

Explore these areas and so much more when you join the first ever virtual Lean in Design Forum. View the full agenda here and make your plans now to join us May 27–28.

Speaker Spotlight: Meet the Experts Presenting at 2020 Design Forum

LCI’s virtual Lean in Design Forum, May 27–28, will feature industry experts, each bringing a unique perspective to inspire attendees. Get to know the plenary speakers who will share how equity, diversity and inclusion has strengthened their teams and advanced their work:

Dan Heinemeier

As LCI’s executive director, Dan Heinemeier is responsible to the Board of Directors for LCI’s programmatic, budgetary and organizational success. With over 30 years of experience in association management, he has served the technology, government contracting and construction industries in programming and senior management roles, including President, COO and Executive Director positions.

Yiselle Santos Rivera

Yiselle currently serves as the associate representative on the AIA National Board and as the AIA DC chapter board secretary and is also a committee member in the AIA Equity and the Future of Architecture and the New Urban Agenda Taskforce. Her other accolades include being a co-founder of the Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects (LA.IDEA) DC Committee; a founder and past-Chair of the AIA DC Equity Committee; and the founder of “Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design” (WIELD), which received the 2019 AIA Diversity Program Recognition Award.

Rosa Sheng

Rosa T. Sheng, FAIA is a principal at SmithGroup, serving as the studio leader of higher education and director of equity, diversity, inclusion. She was president of AIA San Francisco l in 2018 and founding chair of Equity by Design. In her 26 years in practice, Rosa has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable projects for Institutions of higher learning including the LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Rosa’s thought leadership and activism has been recognized for catalyzing a national movement for equitable practice in Architecture and featured at TEDxPhiladelphia, Cannes Lions Festival, Harvard, Stanford and KQED/NPR.

Henry Nutt

After 12 years as the Sheet Metal General Superintendent at Southland Industries, and 32 years as a union sheet metal worker, Henry brings a wealth of practical knowledge to his new position as Business Development Manager. As a member of LCI’s Board of Directors, he leads a task force designed to improve trade partner adoption of Lean principles. He also sits on the Association of General Contractors of America’s (AGC) Lean Steering Committee and Inclusion Steering Committee.

Nancy Alexander

Nancy Alexander is a leadership coach, Certified Master Facilitator,TM and organizational development consultant for the building industry. The first person in the U.S. to earn the diploma in systemic team coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching, U.K., Nancy co-authored the AIA Guides for Equitable Practice and is currently conducting the Yale School of Architecture’s first culture and climate survey. She holds a BA in sociology and an MBA from Yale, as well as an MA in women’s studies and an executive coaching certificate from Columbia University.

Heather Currier Hunt

Heather Currier Hunt is IDEO’s senior global director of learning & development. She leads the strategy, design, and implementation of a promise — namely, to make sure IDEO is an organization that offers everyone, regardless of role or tenure, the opportunity to become a world-changing creative leader. Heather has led extraordinary teams in creating IDEO’s first global leadership development programs. Heather makes it her mission to ensure everyone finds their authentic expression, expanding the definition of what goods looks like, and inspiring the world to become more inclusive every day.

Barbara Bouza

Barbara is co-managing director, principal of Gensler Los Angeles and has been a global influencer for human well-being through design excellence. Gensler is widely recognized as the world’s leading design firm, with nearly 6,000 professionals networked across 48 offices in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Through her collaborative leadership style, Barbara brings strategic design management to highly innovative clients such as Netflix, JPL/NASA, TikTok, Amgen and the City of Hope.


Hear from these experienced and inspirational experts by registering for this year’s virtual Design Forum today!

Strengthen your team’s collaboration by embracing equity, diversity and inclusion

To keep our community safe and healthy but still connected, the Lean in Design Forum is now being held virtually May 27–28. Architects, engineers, preconstruction professionals, general contractors, owners and more will come together from the safety of their own homes to discuss the collective skills and commitment that play a huge role in the success of the design community. When teams feel not only respected, but empowered for their individuality, effective collaboration excels and leads to increased productivity and client satisfaction.

Together we will examine key takeaways from teams who have harnessed the power of diversity to enhance their projects — and how you can implement the same efforts to enrich your work.

Join this year’s Design Forum while staying safe at home and discover:

  • How Lean thinking intersects with equity, diversity and inclusion best practices.
  • The importance of collaboration and the strength of high performing teams.
  • How to use Lean practices to promote equity, inclusion and the advancement of women.
  • The connection of design thinking and diversity.

Supporting each other is more important now than ever before. Register now to be part of this virtual event covering the strength behind inclusive collaboration.

Why should you participate in the virtual 2020 Lean in Design Forum?

Register now to explore equity, diversity and inclusion in high-performing teams

This year, we’ve shifted our plans for the Lean in Design Forum in response to COVID-19 and will be going virtual for the first time. The program will stay intact —  all participants, including architects, engineers and preconstruction professionals will still have the opportunity to dive deep into interactive virtual discussions about the intersection of Lean methodologies with equity, diversity and inclusion. Together, we will be spending two days virtually, May 27-28, exploring how high-performing teammates who feel empowered for their individuality excel at collaborating effectively and increasing client satisfaction. This topic is more prevalent than ever before, as so many of our organizations have adapted to changes in how we work.

While these sessions are tailored to those in the design community, the attendee demographic is diverse and is comprised of owners, general contractors and trade partners. Here are the top reasons you won’t want to miss this year’s Lean in Design Forum, held in partnership with AIA and P2SL:

  • Discover what makes a high-performing team collaborate effectively and return to your project with ideas you can implement right away.
  • Explore the power of diversity to strengthen our design community and enrich our work.
  • Build and strengthen valuable relationships in an innovative virtual platform with other design and construction professionals passionate about efficient project delivery.

Register now to expand your perspective when you hear from expert Lean practitioners, join interactive roundtables, and connect virtually with like minded colleagues in the design community eager to share and learn from one another.

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2020 Design Forum Keynotes Announced

Two expert keynotes will join this year’s Design Forum, bringing expertise and inspiration focused on our theme of “Exploring Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in High-Performing Teams.”

Heather Currier Hunt

Session: “Design Thinking & Diversity”

As IDEO’s Senior Global Director of Learning & Development, Heather’s mission is to empower people to tap into their authentic expression and become great team members. She places an emphasis on creating teams that are both diverse and inclusive. Join her to explore the connection between design thinking and diversity, and how one can inspire the other.

Barbara Bouza

Session: “Creating a Meaningful Impact Through Design Excellence”

Next, hear from the Co-Managing Director and Principal of Gensler Los Angeles. As a global influencer for human well-being through design excellence, Barbara brings design expertise to this year’s forum. She has been named the Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal for its Women Making a Difference campaign, as well as a Woman of Influence by California Real Estate Magazine. Focusing on making an impact through high-quality design, Barbara will complement the forum’s overarching theme by demonstrating the value of inclusivity and teamwork.

Learning from these accomplished experts is just one of the many takeaways from the 2020 Lean in Design Forum. View the agenda for this year’s program and register today to join us!