BKV Sponsors Attendance at the 2023 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit

The 2023 AIA Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) is being hosted in Boston from September 12-14, and BKV Group is again providing sponsorship for a team member to attend WLS which offers an opportunity for national networking and building industry knowledge within communities of representation.

Upon internal review of applications submitted this summer, we are excited to announce that Jennifer Beam was selected as BKV’s 2023 sponsored attendee!

jennifer beam
architectural designer

Dallas, Texas | 2 years with BKV

Jennifer was selected as an exemplar of someone leading from where she is, working beyond her role and title by taking initiative and responsibility to ensure project quality, progress, and execution. Outside of project work, Jennifer is involved with five internal committees and groups spanning from BKV Culture Committee to the Revit Documentation Group, while also informally mentoring other staff in the Dallas office. The Selection Committee noted that across her two and a half years with BKV, Jennifer has been “outspoken, thoughtful, and reflects on her work and past experience to be even more prepared for the next project.” In her own words: “I strive to grow in my leadership skills…to learn how to help my teammates by being the best leader and supporter I can. I think it is so important that BKV has strong leaders who really support junior staff and help them be strong professionals.”

We also wish to honor this year’s other BKV applicants, who represent the breadth of our firm’s talented and committed women in practice across a range of disciplines:

Ioana Gruita
Senior Associate and Construction Administrator 

Chicago, Illinois | 8 years with BKV

“Ioana is intensely dedicated: she always goes over and above on her projects, while also always finding time to be available as a resource to others – often outside of work hours. It is important to honor Ioana’s unique perspective and role in her experience leading the construction administration phase of projects while coordinating closely with all disciplines of BKV.”

Elaine Fitzgerald
Director of Specifications and Senior Associate 

Chicago, Illinois | 4 years with BKV

“Elaine looks ahead for how BKV projects and specifications can be improved and elevated: she is transforming that discipline within the firm by looking at the big picture and carrying us forward to what lies ahead in practice. She is very passionate about mentoring and sharing her knowledge, going out of her way to help others with her extensive breadth of knowledge.”

Christina Pierson
Senior Associate and Project Architect  

Minneapolis, Minnesota | 7 years with BKV

“Christina is already on the path to leadership and has demonstrated steady growth in her time with BKV Group. She is a valuable resource for team members and an active collaborator across disciplines. Her initiative in developing the code page is one example of her commitment to project quality, and an example of personal follow through on her goals to lead.”

Cheers to these women leaders, and best of luck to Jennifer who will be joined at the event with Susan Morgan, Education & Library Practice Leader and Partner, in addition to Jena Quast, Architectural Designer II (recent recipient of a Minnesota Architectural Foundation scholarship), and Ellie Ziaie, Senior Associate and Project Architect (attending with her AIA National Next to Lead cohort).