State of the Industry Kick-Off & Social Disruptions and AEC Industry Transformation Through JEDI

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The launch of Elevate AEC and the ElevateHer Symposium will set a powerful tone for the 8-week experience. Zweig Group President and CEO Chad Clinehens will open with a brief "State Of The Industry" and then introduce the headline keynote address of the day "Social Disruptions and AEC Industry Transformation through JEDI.

Social Disruptions and AEC Industry Transformation through JEDI: Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, and Phil Harrison, FAIA will discuss the imperative for elevating and transforming the AEC industry in response to the convergence of today’s societal forces that threaten the future of the AEC industry. They will share their experiences and approach in leading Perkins and Will and the industry through this convergence from the JEDI — justice, equity, diversity and inclusion— lens.

CONVERGENCE – the convergence of social, environmental, and economic forces have compounded problems and at the same time may be revealing solutions. How can the AEC respond to these forces to solve for multiple problems?

ELEVATE – The AEC industry promotes itself for innovation and transformation, but we, as an industry, are slow to change in many ways, especially with diversity. NOW is the time to challenge the status quo and lead through the JEDI lens.

REIMAGINE – What is the motivation to change? Economic recession? Health crisis? Social and racial injustice? “Hunkering down” to survive, the typical response will not cut it anymore or help our industry, and we need to look beyond merely surviving through tough times. The convergence of forces is creating a burning platform for change.


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