AIA|LA President Doug Teiger, AIA, Brings back 5 Takeaways from Grassroots



Officially, the 2017 AIA Grassroots agenda emphasized workshops designed to help component officers become more effective chapter and civic leaders. Unofficially, from Capitol Hill briefings to network-with-peers gatherings, the event demonstrated that, National and components are collectively and simultaneously executing thoughtfully developed initiatives that support core values and the individual needs of members and member firms.

For AIA|LA President Doug Teiger, AIA, and the chapter’s Executive Director Carlo Caccavale, Grassroots 2017 was an inspiring time which delivered best practices for our chapter, and deepened our understanding of the activities of colleagues across the country. Here are Doug’s takeaways from the early March event:

1. There is an amazing infrastructure in place within all 3 levels of the AIA (National-State-Local) with decades of knowledge and a wide database of resources for our use. Because we’re based all the way across the country, sometimes we lose sight of this braintrust. Grassroots was a terrific reminder to make use of National’s knowledge base for our members.

2. The AIA supports members at the National, State, and Local levels. It’s beneficial to firms and individual members to communicate how this occurs.

3. Grassroots was a terrific reminder that: our fellow members are the greatest asset to our organization. Getting involved allows you meet other amazing people.

4. Our first responsibility is to our client. But we are always learning as a profession. Carving out time for personal and professional growth benefits client, firm, and the individual. AIA conventions provide these valuable opportunities in these areas. Let’s take advantage of them. 5. Personally, I left Grass roots inspired to do my part to make the AIA better for all of our members, and excited about what we can achieve.  

5. Personally, I left Grass roots inspired to do my part to make the AIA better for all of our members, and excited about what we can achieve.

Last updated: 21-Mar-2017 11:11 AM
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