2019 BWAF Industry Leaders Roundtable Retreat

Monday December 2, 2019   

10:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.         

SOM 333 South Grand Avenue   Los Angeles, CA


Cynthia Kracauer, AIA, Executive Director, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

The Legal Angle: What are the rules here? 

Patricia Harris, Esq, Founder and CEO, LicenseSure LLC, Special Counsel, Zetlin & De Chiara, LLP

Rekha Chiruvolu, Esq, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Nixon Peabody, LLP

Do new laws intended to foster diversity and inclusion make a difference?

Inclusion: “I do everything here” 

Carrie Byles, FAIA , Partner, SOM San Francisco

Retaining Talent with Equity and Diversity

Conscious Inclusion: Paying the “Emotional Tax”

Petrina Gooch, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Associate AIA, Principal, Corporate Human Resources Leader, Los Angeles, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, NOMA, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal, Director of Global Diversity, Perkins + Will, Los Angeles

Women of color are expected to represent their race as well as their gender. Let’s talk about the emotional tax…

Identity Matters: How Bias and the Influence of Hetero-normativity Translates in the Workplace

Ann Rolland, FAIA , Partner, FXCollaborative

Ruth Ro, Associate Principal, Dattner Architects

Cassey Stypowany, Senior Associate, Cerami & Associates 

Gain a better understanding of the LGBTQ spectrum and the importance of creating a more understanding and inclusive workplace.


Monday December 2, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

SOM 333 South Grand Avenue   Los Angeles, CA

Women on their Own: Two Firm Leaders Opine

Barbara Bestor, FAIA, Founding Partner, Bestor Architecture

Karen Liljegren, FAIA, Founding Partner, Omgivning

Hear from sole proprietors about their successes… and see some terrific local work!


A Conversation with Maria Semple

Maria Semple, author: Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Join in a discussion of the first significant fictional woman architect. How does popular culture affect the perception of women in the field?


Monday December 2, 2019

7:30 p.m.


Redbird: The Cardinals’ Room

114 East Second Street

Los Angeles, CA


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

9:30-11:00 am


*Meet at Blackbirds or Silver Lake Conservatory of Music 

Barbara Bestor, FAIA 

How will we know when the culture has changed? 

Julia Murphy, AIA, Director, SOM


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