Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy

2022Connecticut Leadership Academy

Ready to take your career to the next level?
The Connecticut Professionals' Leadership Academy participants are selected each fall.

Apply now for the Class of 2023

What is the Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy?

The Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy is a unique program that brings together professionals from across a wide variety of industries and backgrounds from the following organizations:

  • American Institute of Architects, Connecticut,
  • CFA Society Hartford,
  • Connecticut Bar Association,
  • Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants,
  • Connecticut Young Insurance Professionals, and
  • Hartford County Bar Association.

Participants work to strengthen leadership skills, build relationships,  cultivate talent, and create a collaborative community among several  professions for the next generation of business leaders.

This six-month program will encourage emerging leaders to develop and improve their professions, their professional association groups, their  companies, and their personal career growth.

Who should apply?

We’re looking for early to mid-career professionals who are members of the partnering organizations seeking leadership training to propel them to the next level of their career. Individuals are selected for the program based on community and business involvement, leadership aspiration, and commitment to professional growth.


$500 per participant.  AIA Connecticut will be offering two scholarships for the program.

Leadership Academy Graduation - Yard Goats Game 2022

2022 AIA Connecticut Graduates:
l-r: Brian Baril, AIA , A/Z Corporation; Jillian Winterkorn, Eversource;  Matthew Gallerani, AIA, Silver Petrucelli + Associates;  Executive Director Gina Calabro, Hon. AIACT; Brigid Abraham, AIA, Pickard Chilton: and Utkarsh Patil, Russell and Dawson Inc.

Missing: Karen Parzych, AIA, The SLAM Collaborative; Melissa Spiga, CHK Architects

2022 Program Sessions Included:

Lean Principles and Practices Team-Building Workshop
Presented by CONNSTEP, Connecticut’s Premier Business Consulting Firm

Clifton Strengths Leadership Workshop
Presented by Nick Wagner Sr., HR professional and founder of the nonprofit CITE Inc.

Legislative Day at the Capitol    

  • Guided tour of the Capitol Building
  • Meet your legislators
  • Group lunch

10Ks of Personal Branding
Presented by Kaplan Mobray, Kaplan Mobray  Leadership Institute

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Presentation and Roundtable
Presented by The Bolder Company

Facilitation and Negotiation
Presented by Nancy Alexander MBA MA CMF,  Lumenance Consulting LLC

Public Speaking
Presented by Mark Zampino, Principal, Zampino Communications & Training

Finance, Contracts, and Insurance 101
Presented by Ian Green, President, GRPC, Ken Lerman, Esq., and Ryan M. Keating, CIC

Interactive Board Session and Panel Discussion

How to Lead a Team Effectively and Efficiently
Presented by Brent Robertson, Partner, Fathom

Clifton Strengths Leadership Workshop Wrap-Up
Identify where you have grown over the past six months and set clear goals for your future.
Presented by Nick Wagner Sr., HR professional and founder of the nonprofit CITE Inc.

Graduation Ceremony 

Past ceremonies have been at the Dunkin Donuts Park and Yard Goats Game

The format, location, and details of these events are subject to change, depending on applicable CDC, state, and local public health guidance and restrictions. Questions? Contact Gina Calabro, Hon. AIACT, Executive Director at