Tara Brown is the head consultant for TL Brown Consulting, an Ivy-League graduate who has helped dozens of entrepreneurs over the last 8 years generate millions of dollars in revenue. Tara uses her extensive background as an architect and coach to help entrepreneurs who don't know what to do next build successful businesses, get a clear vision and harness their inner strength so that their success enhances their personal and professional life. Her goal is to help 10,000 business owners & professionals generate $1.0 Billion in revenue by 2032
Kristie Stanfield, IIDA, CHID, LEED AP ID + C, Fitwel, is a seasoned design leader at Champlin's Toledo office. With a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati, she brings over three decades of experience to her role. Kristie's expertise lies in understanding client needs and leading teams to deliver unique solutions tailored to their goals. She has been recognized as one of the Top Ten Women in Interior Design and has served on the Board of Directors at Champlin Architecture for eight years. Kristie is also involved in various community initiatives, including the Women's Initiative of the United Way and the Toledo Chamber of Commerce.
Yiselle Santos Rivera, AIA, NOMA, LSSYB, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal and the Global Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at HKS. With a passion for activism in architecture, Yiselle focuses on breaking down barriers and advocating for underrepresented designers. As a medical planner, she promotes co-creation processes to ensure equitable access to care for marginalized communities. Yiselle is an advisor to clients and firm leaders in their efforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has made significant contributions to the AIA, including leading the development of the Ethnical Diverse Additional Considerations section and the Equitable Development Frameworks. Yiselle's achievements include being a published author, receiving multiple awards, and holding prestigious positions within the industry. Currently, she serves as the AIADC Chapter President.
Ishwariya Rajamohan is a former architect, now certiﬁed coach practicing in London, UK and working with clients all across the globe. She supports female leaders in Architecture in rising above challenges that range from conﬁdence in the workplace to work life balance. Her work as a coach affirms what she has always known - that even though a coachee brings a very human issue to work on during a session, she is invariably shown glimpses of their unique brilliance.
Ishwariya is accredited with the Association for Coaching (UK) and is also a Mental Health First Aider. She trained as an architect in India before completing a Master’s degree in Environmental Design in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Ishwariya is also the founder of Love Letters to Chefs, an educational platform supporting Hospitality professionals in creating sustainable careers - a passion project she set up in 2016 following a second career as a pastry chef.
For more than 20 years, Mary-Margaret Zindren, CAE, has worked to further equity, diversity, and inclusion in city government, the law, the profession of architecture, and the built environment. Since 2015, she has held the position of EVP/Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Minnesota, AIA Minneapolis, AIA St. Paul, and AIA Northern Minnesota, and the Minnesota Architectural Foundation.
Mary-Margaret is a frequent speaker and panelist on organizational leadership, gender equity, and racial justice, and was a convening speaker for the AIA National Women’s Leadership Summit in 2019.
Previously, she served as the executive director of the Hennepin County Bar Association and Hennepin County Bar Foundation, as director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at the League of Minnesota Cities, and as Legislative Counsel at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C.
Katherine Aida Serrano Sosa is a NYS licensed architect who is native to El Salvador. Coming to the USA at the age of seven, she has set her roots in New York with a sense of respect and appreciation to her Salvadorean roots, as well.
Katherine graduated from the Spitzer School of Architecture in the Macaulay Honors College at CCNY in 2016, and in September of 2019 she became licensed in New York. With over eight years of work experience, she has worked on various types of projects at different scales and phases.
With her experience and knowledge, in 2021, she decided to create Rooted Architecture Studio as a gateway to help others understand the process of design and construction, as well as express her design language. To Katherine, design is spatial problem solving and each project is a resolution to the client’s seen or unforeseen problems/needs.
Gabby Spatz is Project Engineer at Danis and currently works within the Marketing and VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) departments at the main office in Miamisburg. She recently graduated from Bowling Green State University with her Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration degrees. Her education grants her a unique perspective on the development of construction projects throughout their entire life cycle. Her passion for advocacy of alternative career paths in the built environment continues to fuel her work and her time on committees outside of her day-to-day responsibilities. She is also excited to continue working with non-profit organizations, primarily through planning and volunteering at events for Constructing Hope (Danis’ community outreach program). When not working, Gabby loves to take and teach dance classes, read fiction novels, travel to new places, do puzzles, and go thrifting
Amy Rosen is a Sociospatial Designer at PLASTARC in New York City. They recently served as the 2018-2019 AIAS National President, the 2019 Student Director on the AIA National Board of Directors, and a 2020-2021 At-Large Representative on the AIA Strategic Council, where they served as a Co-Convener for the Mental Health and Architecture Incubator. They were born and raised in Los Angeles, and moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2012, where they received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Amy applies integrated design methodologies to everything they do - seeking opportunities to tie architecture into systematic and fluid urban networks. Amy is an advocate for the power of design - to inspire, to unify, and to heal - and is especially passionate about queer space theory, efficient urban water management strategies, and innovative ways to blur the boundaries between the private and public realms. Using their architectural education as a backbone, Amy actively incorporates equity and social sustainability into their design process. Amy further leverages a passion for data, research, difference, and experimentation in order to unveil innovative design strategies that empower users and ensure a more resilient future.
Alex is a licensed architect in the State of Ohio with experiences in retail, mixed use, higher education, and single family projects. She has taught courses at Rice University during her tenure as a graduate student, and she continues to teach at The Ohio State University's Knowlton School. Her research focuses on the intersection of form, food, and franchisement. Occasionally, she reports to the New York Review of Architecture's Skyline section regarding events of national and global import. Alex actively engages in workshops for the Architecture Lobby's ABC School as well, taking on roles such as participant, organizer, and facilitator. She also serves on the AIA Ohio Board as the Senior Early Professional Director, furthering her commitment to non-profit service.
Monica Lowry, AIA, NCARB is a disciplined leader for Burgess & Niple Architecture team in Cincinnati, OH. Monica plays an integral role in the design and execution of various projects from conception to completion. She possesses the ability to see the ‘big picture’ and the acumen to focus on and ﬁne tune the smallest of details. This combination results in her ability to deliver projects on time, on budget, and at outstanding quality. With her strong leadership skills, she manages multiple cross-functional teams, projects, and clients. She was recognized as an ICSC CenterBuild Leader Under 40 in 2018 and is active with AIA Cincinnati, currently serving on the Board of Directors.
Haley is an Architecture and Urban designer based in New York City. She holds a Master's of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis (Wash U) and a Bachelor's of Science in Architecture from Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Throughout her studies, her passion for advocacy led her to hold several leadership positions, including President of the Wash U chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAS) and Vice President of the BGSU chapter. A multi-disciplinary practitioner, Haley has worked alongside teams of urban designers, interior designers, and art curators on projects spanning residential and commercial interior renovations, streetscape design, sustainable and attainable housing, and neighborhood and city plans through community-driven design. A sustainability advocate, Haley believes that innovative approaches to architecture are crucial to designing solutions to societal challenges. She approaches design solutions with this unique and multi-disciplinary mindset.