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Friday Forum heads to Columbus!

The quarterly “Friday Forum,” hosted by the Ohio-Kentucky IIDA Chapter board - and the Chapter President: Chelsea King; the Vice President of Advocacy: Chealyn Jackson; and the Columbus City Center Advocacy Coordinator: Alexis Gerhart, provided attendees with an opportunity to learn about a local architectural and design achievement, local advocacy efforts, and empowered them with tools for successful advocacy communication.


Hosted at Columbus’ own National Veterans Memorial and Museum, attendees received a building tour, learned key construction details, and obtained insight into the efforts pursued to ensure the construction project was a success. The internationally recognized, innovative design of the spiraling building is a symbol of the internal strength of our nation’s veterans.

A CEU titled “Understanding the Bill Process and the Impact You Can Make,” presented by Chealyn Jackson, outlined the historical progress, present circumstances, and the next phase of the legislative process for Ohio and Kentucky. Victor and Matt, IIDA-secured Ohio lobbyists were present to answer questions.


Advocacy education continued into Saturday where members received advanced training in the development and delivery of an elevator speech, geared to equip design professional with tools necessary for speaking with lawmakers, other design professionals, and lay persons. Through this process, members learned more about one another, the critical phases of how a bill becomes a law, and were re-energized to move forward with legislation, as a cohesive and strategic team of design professionals with expansive reach into our communities.


Next Friday Forum will occur in October in Cleveland, hope you can join us! 



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