Transcending the Woke Wave: Firm Change Workshop Session 1

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Event Pass Type
General Public   $250.00 USD
AIA Member (not AIANY)$225.00 USD
NycobaNOMA Member$200.00 USD

Event Details

*This is a two-part course. When registering, you are purchasing both sessions. Capacity is limited to promote interactive learning.*

Session 1: Thursday, February 25
Session 2: Thursday, March 11

Following the protests across the country and the world ignited by the murder of George Floyd and countless other Black lives at the hands of the police, as well as a global pandemic that continues to disproportionately impact Black and brown communities, came the “woke wave.” Eyes opened to the ongoing devastation caused by white supremacy, systemic racism, and other forms of oppression, none of it new, all of it centuries old and baked into the very foundation of this country.

Companies that had previously remained silent issued somber and earnest statements declaring that Black Lives Matter and pledging their commitment to antiracism. Even firms that had long been doing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and antiracism work looked at how they could accelerate their efforts.

Now what?

How can architecture firms transcend the “woke wave” in order to co-create the real and lasting change for our staff, our collaborators, our clients, for the communities that we design for, and for the profession, that will benefit us all?

Join speakers of Co-Creating Inclusion for a two-part workshop series designed to guide and support DEI and antiracist leaders and advocates who are committed to creating meaningful and substantive change in their architecture firms.

There are no easy answers, and we don't have the inside track on the right way to do things - we don't believe any of us do.

But what we can do is share best practices and recommendations based on our personal lived experiences as women of color, as well as a multitude of professional experiences and the DEI work that Co-Creating Inclusion has been doing with companies and organizations for the past few years.

This workshop is for you if:

  • you are committed to change at your firm but aren't sure where to start or what to do next.
  • you've been able to drive some progress at your firm, but are exhausted from what often feels like screaming into the wind.
  • you want to know how to turn your good intentions into tangible actions and results.

This workshop series follows an introductory talk, Transcending the Woke Wave: Creating Long Term Change at Architectural Firms in January. Attendance at the talk is recommended although not required. Members of the profession in any role, at any level and in any size or type of architecture firm are welcome. Firms are also encouraged to send several staff members as a team.

Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick, AIA, Principal and Founder, Co-Creating Inclusion
Pierette Imbriano, Director of Client Services, Co-Creating Inclusion

About the speakers:
Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick, AIA, is Principal and Founder of Co-Creating Inclusion, a diversity, equity, and inclusion firm with a focus on shifting culture and driving equity through strategic consulting, leadership & team development, workshop facilitation, and business integration. Her mission is to help people, teams, and organizations create culture transformation through inclusion and belonging in order to co-create the conditions where all can thrive and do their best and most fulfilling work. Fitzpatrick is in her element when she has the opportunity to impact all aspects of an organization through an integrated approach that leverages her ability to deal with ambiguity while driving the work forward. She holds a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University, and is an MBTI Certified Practitioner and certified leadership coach. Fitzpatrick started her career as an architect with a BArch from Pratt Institute, and she spent almost 20 years managing workplace strategy and corporate headquarters projects for major global brands for firms such as STUDIOS Architecture, Skonick Architecture and Gensler. Born and brought up in the UK, Alethea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her 9 and 11 year old boys.

Pierette Imbriano, Director of Client Partnerships, works in close collaboration with clients from the first inquiry submitted through to the last report provided by CC to support  the development and actualization of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion understanding and practices in alignment with an organizations’s mission, vision and strategic plan. Helping organizations realize their full potential while working together to design, deliver and implement realistic and tangible tools to enhance DEI competencies at all levels ensuring success and sustainability is Imbriano's focus. She works with organizations to create strong teams, and facilitates workshops to boost morale and productivity. Having produced broadcast news programs, worked in executive analytical positions for socially responsible institutional investing and served as the director of marketing departments and strategic development for large human service nonprofits, Imbriano has a deep understanding of the critical role DEI plays in the accomplishments of every industry. She studied Conflict Management and African Studies at Bryn Mawr College, Anthropology at Spelman College, Public Administration and Organizational Planning at Villanova University and has an Ethnobotany Fellowship which is the study of environment and cultures, from the University of Alaska.

See full bios here.