Leadership Series

AIA Colorado Volunteer Leadership Training 

Leadership training and orientation for committee chairs and volunteer leaders

Course Lessons


     Meet the Presenters

Je'Nen Chastain, MBA, Assoc. AIA

Apostrophe Consulting
Je’Nen M. Chastain, MBA, Assoc. AIA is trained in architecture and business management with a decade of experience working with award-winning architects. She founded Apostrophe Consulting to help architects improve firm culture, and strengthen their teams and businesses. Throughout her career, she’s helped advance strategic planning conversations with architects and firm owners. She specializes in facilitating conversations that engage multi-generational teams and has designed, developed, and presented dozens of professional development training programs that inspire next-gen leaders. She also has deep expertise in marketing and communications for architects.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Michael Leccese

Urban Land Institute Colorado, Retired
In 2005 Michael Leccese became executive director of ULI Colorado, a 1,200-member District Council of the 35,000-member Urban Land Institute. Working with 15 committees, 250 ULI Colorado volunteers and a staff of three, Leccese has forged alliances with nonprofits and public agencies concerned with land use, healthy places, workforce housing, transit-oriented development, economic vitality, and sustainable development. Previously Michael worked as a communications consultant, newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and book author. Mainly covering architecture, urban design and real estate, he wrote or edited numerous books and planning reports and published articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, Urban Land magazine, and elsewhere. He was editor of Historic Preservation News for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (1980-87) and Landscape Architecture magazine (1988-1995) for the American Society of Landscape Architects. The New York native has a B.A. in English Literature and Journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 
Patrick Jones - Course author
Course Description
This training session prepares our volunteer leaders with necessary training to excel in the coming year. The dedicated group of leaders working together to activate Colorado’s architecture community to advance positive change will discuss the organization’s values and imperatives. In addition, attendees will learn to run effective meetings, navigate conflict resolution, establish goals, and lead teams. Special guest speakers Je’Nen Chastain, MBA, Assoc. AIA, will guide AIA Colorado leaders as they step into and advance in leadership roles and responsibilities and Michael Leccese will inspire participants by talking about what volunteer leaders do best.

Moderators and Hosts
Wells Squier, AIA, AIA Colorado President
Rachael Johnson, AIA, AIA Colorado Past-President
Mike Waldinger, Honorary AIA, AIA Colorado CEO
The mission and vision of AIA Colorado is to activate Colorado’s architecture community to advance positive change and create a movement of change agents to broaden the impact of architecture.
AIA Antitrust: It is the policy and practice of The American Institute of Architects and its members to comply strictly with all laws, including federal and state antitrust laws that apply to AIA operations and activities. Accordingly, this meeting will be conducted in full compliance with those laws.
Pro-Trust Statement: It is the aspiration of AIA Colorado and its leaders to engage in meaningful work in a collaborative fashion. We apply our care for fellow colleagues and curiosity for the best ideas to the pursuit of consensus in all we do.
1.5 AIACES Learning Unit Hour
Participants will Explore skills and strategies and apply those skills and techniques to foster collaboration and create an inclusive and supportive culture.
Participants will Identify skills and tools needed to mentor AIA Colorado volunteers and train them for leadership roles.
Participants will Explore skills and tools needed to identify risk, embrace efficiency, address organization initiatives, and meet goals.
Participants will explore how to apply design thinking skills to solve practice management challenges and their role in ensuring legal and ethical integrity and maintaining accountability.
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