The 2014-2015 class of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program wrapped up a successful second year with a closing reception held at the District Architecture Center on Friday, May 8, 2015. The reception began immediately following the final class session, with a theme of optimistic celebration as scholars were inspired by the future of the practice. Invited guests included current and past scholars and their family members, as well as speakers and sponsors from the 2014-2015 program year. Future candidates were also encouraged to attend the reception to meet the organization and become more familiar with the aspects of the program.
After some time to enjoy the refreshments and partake in socializing, program Co-Chair’s Ryan McEnroe and Sean Stadler made a short presentation to the crowd, which included a tribute to the late Christopher Kelley, acknowledgement of the AIA board support and the benefactor sponsorship. Special thanks were also noted to the firms, speakers, and suppliers who continue to support the program each year.
Before the scholars were presented with their certificates of completion, Emerging Professionals chairs Ricardo J. Rodriguez and Abigail Brown gave an overview of the AIA DC Emerging Professionals committee, and encouraged all emerging professionals to continue to be involved in the local chapter.
As Steve White called each of the 16 2014-2015 scholars to the podium, a certificate of completion was presented to each individual with congratulations made to the entire class for their successful year in the program. On a final note, the 2015-2016 schedule was reviewed by incoming program Chair Aimee Woodall, with specific attention to the upcoming call for applications and application deadline. It was clear that the Executive and Advisory Committees for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program shared great enthusiasm for the success of the outgoing class and even greater optimism for the future 2015-2016 class.