Getting women in the ranks of Architecture is a slow, but a growing imperative. Find out why it’s so important, hear the latest research on the biggest challenges for female professionals and join in the discussion identifying solutions to improve our profession’s diversity. In this power-packed program, you will see the consolidation of the most provocative information from the 2016 AIA National Diversity in the Profession Study, The Business Case for Women in the Profession given at the 2016 Convention and the McKinsey data on the critical future skill sets needed in business and how women figure so prominently in this equation. It doesn’t matter whether you are a woman, a business leader or a practitioner in Architecture - this topic will help you understand that diversity makes your teams more productive and creative, and is proven to enhance the bottom line when enhanced diversity in leadership is achieved. Moderator Debra Lupton, AIA will present data, interspersed with Q and A to panelists Rebecca Talbert, AIA, Susan Calley Gantt, AIA, Neke White and Michael Chatham, AIA. The audience will join in the discussion as we talk about solutions to move our profession forward. Our reception/sign-in, from 5:00PM – 6:15PM will be integrated with the UF Citilab Fall Graduate School Class Reception in the studio so you can see work from the UF graduate program and mingle with architects, students and their families. Program is in the Bridge Auditorium on-site at 6:15pm-8:00pm. Join us for this important dialog, you won’t want to miss it!