Grassroots 2018 – Leading Through Influence

Our Mission: We are the voice of the Architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.

Our Vision: Driving positive change through the power of design.

Grassroots is an annual AIA leadership event that gathers leaders from our chapters to re-affirm our vision and mission guided by national leadership. Grassroots has evolved over the past few years from focusing on national legislative issues in our nation’s capital, to reaching out geographically through selecting different host cities and, topically by focusing on how each of us can drive positive change – by being the voice of the architectural profession.

One of my favorite quotes is: “How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time!” This is the essence what Grassroots is all about, inspiring each of us to seek out opportunities and take a bite. The 14 members on the AIA Maryland Board of Directors, 36 folks on The AIA Strategic Council, and other various positions held within The AIA and our state on local chapters all work tirelessly for you, but their collective voice is whisper in comparison to what we can do when over 90,000 voices work as one, not 89,999, but 90,000!

If we’re going to talk it, we better walk it! Your Executive Director, Sandi Worthman, along with Jason Winters, AIA and yours truly, presented “Advocacy in Action: Chapter Driven Leadership Through Local Legislative Opportunities” at Grassroots in sunny San Diego. This is what inspires us and how we took a bite.

I encourage each of you to take that first bite! Find your inspiration. If you’re looking for a fork, reach out to me, I can give you 4 or 5…