March 23, 2012
by Laurence E. Parisi, AIA
The 2012 Grassroots Leadership Conference was held in Washington D.C. March 7, 2012 through Friday March 9, 2012. If you did attended this conference I’m sure you left well rewarded with extraordinary leadership skills. This year we lobbied on Capital Hill for four issues and bills that were in the Senate and the House. They were:
The excitement of going to Capital Hill to lobby with your congressmen and senators for proactive bills that develop the prospect of work to our profession is a real thrill. Additionally there are numerous leadership courses were offered and fun evening events that make this conference an exceptional learning experience. Some of the valued sessions I attended were:
The highlight of this years conference was to see Jerry Eben, AIA on the Big Stage doing a mock scenario on how to present to the Representatives on Capital Hill and how to field difficult questions. A Very cool and collected Jerry Eben performed like a pro in front of some 700 architects. All of the New Jersey AIA contingents were very proud.
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