Grassroots 2017: California Style

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AIA Grassroots 2017, held Mar. 8 -10 proved to be a powerful and enlightening trip for many. Megan Dougherty, Assoc. AIA, who was a presenter, said, “Grassroots is one of my favorite conferences because it brings together passionate people from around the country and provides for great networking opportunities and leadership training.

The panel on which she participated, which also included California architect and Vice President of the Academy of Emerging Professionals, Ben Kasdan, AIA along with two other participants from New Jersey, and moderated by AIACC’s Nicki Dennis Stephens, sparked conversation, which is exactly what Dougherty was hoping for. “Our panel led to a great breakout session where we helped component leaders strategize their short term and long term goals for their component’s EP groups..

She was taken aback pleasantly surprised by the all the active active participation sharing.

But don’t just take AIACC’s word for it. Photos can be worth much more than words. Just look at the networking and sharing in progress and see for yourself.

2017 AIA Grassroots

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Shannon Calder

Shannon Calder, a Sacramento-based writer, joined the AIACC in 2013. She is the author of, “Jack and Abigail Make a Compass,” a novel about people, birds, and orchids. She spends her days both on and off hours, looking for connection, which is a good hobby to have when linking the value of design to public perception.

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