2023 Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship Applications Open

For a second year, AIA Pennsylvania is excited to offer scholarships for members to attend the Women’s Leadership Summit 2023 in Boston, MA, from September 12 – 14, 2023.

The Women’s Leadership Summit, founded by AIA, is a premier event that brings together the industry’s largest network of diverse women who are breaking down barriers, making themselves visible, and manifesting the careers they want—while making a difference in the world.

The event focuses on networking, leadership training, business development, gender equity, and personal empowerment. It’s all powered by the AIA community—the largest, most influential network of architecture professionals and allies designing a better world through architecture, relationships, collaboration, opportunities, and belonging.

The AIA Pennsylvania Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship covers a minimum of three members’ total summit registration plus a stipend for airfare and accommodations. There is flexibility to award additional recipients’ registration. Applications will be accepted through the end of the day, June 1, 2023, and reviewed by the AIA Pennsylvania Women in Architecture Committee leadership. Applicants will be notified of the scholarship award decision no later than early August 2023.

Read insights from 2022’s scholarship recipients >

Apply by June 1, 2023

Pictured above: Scholarship recipients Parva Markiw, AIA, Melanie Ngami, AIA, Erin Roark, AIA, Esra Abumounshar, Assoc. AIA, and Amanda Bonelli, AIA, gathered at the 2022 Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) in San Jose. The recipients are joined by scholarship champion and AIA Pennsylvania Board Member, Jamie Ober, AIA (far left).


“The Women’s Leadership Summit provided a cherished experience for me of being in the same room with historic trailblazers as well as current and future leaders in the industry. The shared experiences as well as the new insight from the women who presented along with informal discussions was transformative”  Erin K. Roark, AIA, LEED AP

“This scholarship afforded me the opportunity to connect with so many women in AE industry that I would not have been able to otherwise. I was able to connect with a group called BIBI (Banous in Building Industry – Banous means women in Farsi) a group organized by Women Iranian Architects. Because of this conference I have made long lasting friendships and network. The conference taught me the power of the pack and also how we are all the engine for change. ”  Parva Markiw,  AIA

“As a WLS Scholarship recipient, this opportunity was life changing! It is one thing to know and live some of the challenges women face in the architecture profession, but seeing us all come together to do something about it and plan for future generations is the most empowering experience I have ever witnessed!”  Esra Abumounshar, Assoc. AIA

“The WLS scholarship enabled me to attend my first AIA conference alongside a group of like-minded individuals. It was a joy to discuss, learn, and share among women across the country and across the industry. This a is a wonderful opportunity to open yourself to new and diverse points of view.”  Amanda Bonelli, AIA, CPHC

“I loved how candid the conversations at this conference were. Due to the collective understanding of many problematic conditions within our industry, it was as if no one felt the need to sugar coat saying their truth.”  Mel Ngami, Assoc. AIA