Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation

New York, NY


Emerging Leaders 2023: Building Community with Women Leaders (BWAF)

By mayamcc
Mar 29, '23 5:06 PM EST

NEW YORK, NY, March 29, 2023 - Shaping an inspiring and educational experience for young, up-and-coming women in architecture, engineering, and related fields, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) has announced its 2023 Emerging Leaders Program. 

Now in its sixth year, the acclaimed workshop series offers a rare and exciting opportunity for aspiring young women professionals to advance their thriving careers by meeting and engaging with visionary women mentors in architecture, engineering, construction, real estate, law, and financial services. The highly successful New York-based program promises to build on these valuable relationships and help shape the next generation of women in these male-dominated industries. 

“The Emerging Leaders Program is a foundational element of BWAF’s mission to support and cultivate women’s contributions in architecture, engineering and allied fields,” says Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, AIA, executive director at BWAF. “We believe women leaders play an indispensable role in enriching their professions and creating essential connections. Providing role models to young women motivated to break ground in these areas is vital encouraging more women to engage in this work.”

The 2023 program offers three sessions from March to May, with respective themes of Engagement, Environment, and Energy, with each session led by a different prominent and inspiring woman in the field. 
About the Emerging Leaders Presenters

Led by branding and marketing expert Emmanuelle Slossberg, the first session debuts on March 30 with a focus on the theme of engagement. Slossberg, whose distinguished and diverse background includes work at the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization, the Durst Organization, CetraRuddy, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), will apply experiences from her high-profile career in marketing to present on the strengths of engagement as a business development strategy. 

Presenter Lynn Simon, FAIA, Vice President of Sustainability and Global ESG and an expert in global real estate sustainability, will lead the April 25 session on the environment. Participants will gain from highlights of Simo’s work and her insights on the importance of cultivating a constructive and supportive professional environment and speak on engaging in challenges to further individual capabilities. 

The final session on May 16 will be led by Melissa Burton on theme of energy. Burton is principal engineer for ARUP Canada and has developed leading innovations in wind engineering and climate modeling throughout an award-winning, data-driven career that will serve as the foundation for her presentation. 

Emerging Leaders 2023: Energy. Environment. Engagement
March 30: Engagement, with Emmanuelle Slossberg
April 25: Environment, with Lynn Simon
May 16: Energy, with Melissa Burton

All sessions are held virtually from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. The total program cost is $500. To register, visit

For more information on the Emerging Leaders Program or to speak with Cynthia Phifer Kracauer, contact CC Sullivan.