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Join us in Seattle on May 16 - 19, 2017 for the 11th annual Living Future unConference! Learn more and register here: http://www.livingfutureunconference.org/.
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Thursday, May 18 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
The Business Imperative For Improving Diversity and Inclusion: Part 1
TRACK: Equity and Youth

This is Part One of a two-part session on "The Business Imperative For Improving Diversity and Inclusion". See Part Two (immediately following, from 3:45p - 4:45p on Thursday) here. Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended, but not required.

There is growing awareness that it is in the collective best interest of the AEC industry to foster a more inclusive workplace. In 2012, AIA reported that 18% of members were women and only 9% were minorities.  In the U.S. and many other industrialized countries, the trend line is clear. Businesses will need to address the scenario of growing diversity in the available talent pool. A diverse workforce is essential to delivering innovative, effective, and culturally relevant services. Diversity means moving beyond stereotypes of gender, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality, physical abilities and economic background to form teams of talented professionals creating socially and environmentally impactful work. Inclusion spurs creativity and innovation is born from an engaged culture of diverse people, ideas and perspectives.

In the first part of this two-part discussion, we will explore how firms of varying sizes are addressing the issue of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The presenters will be describing how diversity and inclusion practices have allowed their firms to attract top talent, foster higher levels of employee engagement and to better serve the needs of an increasingly diverse clientele. 


Moderators
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Francis Janes

Just Manager, International Living Future Institute
Francis came to the Institute with a broad range of management experience in the Information Technology, Food Service and Financial Services sectors. Most recently, he served as Vice President at Beneficial State Bank, a mission driven community bank and a pioneer in socially responsible banking practices. Having lived in Seattle since 1997, Francis enjoys the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the opportunity to meet passionate social... Read More →

Speakers
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Gabrielle Bullock

Director of Global Diversity, Perkins + Will
Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, NOMA, IIDA, LEED AP | | Gabrielle oversees Perkins+Will’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement program, which works to support and strengthen a firmwide culture that embraces a diversity of people, colors, creeds, credos, talents, thoughts, and ideas. Her unique role as an award-winning principal and the firm’s Director of Global Diversity enables her to combine her passion for architecture and social justice... Read More →
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Anthony Guerrero

Director of Facilities and Sustainability, Natural Resources Defense Council
As Senior Director of Facilities and Administration, Anthony leads development of sustainability strategies for the core operations of NRDC, focusing on the triple bottom line: social equity, sustaining the environment and financial viability. Anthony puts in practice the principles of the Living Building Challenge to revamp the internal operations of NRDC and to demonstrate transformation in Operations Management. Under his leadership NRDC... Read More →
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Julie Hiromoto

Vice President, HKS
As a Vice President at HKS, Julie manages complex and large-scale projects, balancing design excellence and technical expertise. Her wide-ranging architecture portfolio includes urban design to revitalize the urban core, hospitality interiors, corporate headquarter interiors, and skyscraping office buildings, residential, and mixed-use towers, including One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan – an... Read More →
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Rachell Morris

Principal, ZGF Architects LLP
Rachell Morris is a Principal at ZGF Architects LLP where she manages operations and human resources in multiple offices on the East and West Coast. Over the last 14 years, her responsibilities have involved leading the growth of the Los Angeles office, supervising the administrative staff, and serving as liaison for Principals and Partners, firm wide. Rachell is committed to enhancing the workplace and enriching the culture of the firm. It is... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Westin Seattle: Ballroom 3