Invest in Yourself as a Leader on November 9th

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Leadership Institute 2018 is heading to Nashville. Join us November 9 for a full-day of programming that includes on-site local sessions, workshops, keynotes, and networking hosted by AIA Middle Tennessee, plus a half-day live national broadcast and keynote. It’s your opportunity to learn essential leadership skills from influential firms and architects.

Click below for more information and to register!

Local Speaker Spotlights:

Bryan Seely, Assoc. AIA | HCA Inc.

Bryan Seely serves as Assistant Vice President of Architecture and Design Services for HCA. Bryan manages a staff of 5 in-house managers with an average load of 70 active design projects annually, valued over $1 billion. His responsibilities also include planning and development of capital projects for HCA’s international operations (five-hospital system in London).

Having spent his entire career in healthcare planning and design, Bryan’s experience ranges from medical office buildings to acute care expansions and replacement facilities. He began his career in 1986 as an architect with Earl Swensson Associates, specializing in hospital design. In 1999, Bryan joined HCA as Manager of Strategic Planning, where he focused on market analysis, capacity planning and concept development.

As a featured speaker at AIA Leadership Institute 2018 in Nashville, Bryan will discuss his professional journey and the ability of the owner to effect positive change.


Ann M. McGauran, AIA | Tennessee State Architect

Ann McGauran has proven that a career driven by personal passions can lead down many avenues. As Tennessee’s first female State Architect, Ann will share how the discovery of her fulfilling purpose has driven her career path to service on a civic level.

In February 2017, the Tennessee State Building Commission (SBC) voted unanimously to appoint Ann McGauran as State Architect. This role includes promoting quality in design and construction, sound fiscal management, fair competition for work, and proactive planning and decision making. The SBC approves improvements to State Property; demolition of buildings; and acquisitions, disposals and lease of property for a portfolio of ~90M square feet and ~900K acres.




Michael Lejong, AIA | MAHG Architecture

Michael Lejong, AIA LEED AP BD+C has been a principle partner at MAHG since 2001. He has served as the AIA Arkansas Fort Smith Section Chair and in 2012, served as Chapter President. Michael has also been active as AIA Arkansas’ representative on the State Government Network national committee and serves as the AIA Arkansas Legislative Affairs committee chair. In 2015, he was appointed as a Regional Representative on the AIA Small Firm Exchange. In addition to actively representing the AIA, Michael has chaired the City of Greenwood Economic Development Commission since 2015. In June 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Michael to the State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers for a 5-year term.

Michael Lejong brings a history of personal and civic leadership to Leadership Institute 2018. He credits his experience in AIA with making him a better leader and helping him to carry forward the profession and his community. Michael will discuss five things you need to know about becoming a better leader and how to implement them.


Trace Blankenship, JD | Bone McAllester Norton

Trace Blankenship is an attorney and one of the initial members of the Nashville-based law firm Bone McAllester Norton PLLC. As a faculty member of Young Leaders Council, he helps train 150+ young professionals every year about the legal responsibilities and best practices of effective, engaged board members.

For over twenty years, he has regularly advised boards of directors, chief executives, and entrepreneurs on the strategy, structure, and execution of significant transactions. Trace has served on or chaired the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Center for Nonprofit Management and Cumberland Region Tomorrow. He assisted the Country Music Association with the formation of its charitable grant-making arm, the CMA Foundation, and continues to serve as the Foundation’s general counsel.

Trace will share experiences and lessons learned from 20+ years of professional life in which his mentors have coached, inspired, and persuaded him that the best leaders care deeply about the people on their team and put self-interest aside in order to help their people succeed.