Thursday, February 29, 2024

Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy

leadership acadmey

Ready to take your career to the next level?
The Connecticut Professionals' Leadership Academy participants are selected each fall.
The 2024 class has closed.

What is the Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy?

Since 2021, 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.

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

View photos from the 2022 Leadership Academy

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.

Questions? Contact Gina Calabro, Hon. AIACT, Executive Director at 


2023 AIA Connecticut Graduates:
l-r: Misha Semenov-Leiva, AIA, Centerbrook Architects; Brian Stancavage, AIA, Svigals + Partners;  David Reilly, AIA, Trillium Architects.
Missing: Jason Levy, Assoc. AIA, QA+M Architecture; Justin Towart, AIA, Further Architecture Office PLLC

2021 Graduation Group

2021 AIA Connecticut Graduates:
Max Ballardo, Assoc. AIA, Patriquin Architects; Emily Ky, AIA, The SLAM Collaborative; Kevin Levesque, Babbidge Construction; Susan Odell, AIA, Paul Bailey Architects; Catherine Young, AIA George Penniman Architects.

This photo was from the graduation event. not all AIA CT graduates were t the event.