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Two Coasts, Two Talks: Brie and Gina Discuss Forging New Paths at APA and UVA

Agency at the APA National Conference
On Sunday, April 14th, Brie will be joining five women planners to discuss the real challenges and rewards of private practice, sharing their perspectives on success and accomplishment in a candid, facilitated discussion. The panel includes Fiona M. Akins of New York City Parks & Recreation, Silvia E. Vargas of Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc., Rebecca Leonard of Lionheart Places,  Ellen Lou of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Kathryn Firth of NBBJ. With a glass ceiling still firmly intact, a cultural crisis of workplace harassment, and continued failure to provide adequate paid parental leave, what does it take to succeed in today’s planning practice? Five leaders in their field will discuss and debate the measures of and road to professional growth, fulfillment, and leadership. Check it out!

Agency at the University of Virginia
On Monday, April 15, Gina will be joining an incredible group of women leaders in design and advocacy for the University of Virginia’s panel discussion, Landscape Perspectives: Equity in + by Design. The panel brings together Maura Rockcastle of TEN x TEN, Sanjukta Sen of Field Operations, Jhanea D. Williams of MASS Design Group, Sara Zewde of Studio Zewde and moderator, Leena Cho, to discuss inclusivity and action in landscape architecture, academia and the built environment, bringing the schism between inclusive design and the pervasive effects of institutionalized discrimination to the forefront. Please join us if you’re in the neighborhood!