Develop and improve management and leadership skills for practicing architects.

EDGE: Develop and Improve

Management and Leadership

Skills for Practicing Architects

AIA Kansas and Baker University invite you to apply to EDGE, our first annual Leadership and Business Education Program. EDGE is for those who have several years of experience and are looking for new ways to grow and develop their business and leadership skills. This series of 5 workshops begins March 18th and continues on the third Thursday of every month through July 15th. Each course is from 10 am - 3 pm via Zoom. 

EDGE: Leadership and Business Education Program

Dates: March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, and July 15

Time: 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. CDT

Cost: $1,200

Credits: 4 CEU's per Workshop

Trainers: Bernie Fried, Laura Flores, and Jim Johnson

Location: Virtual

Attendees will also receive AIA's The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice

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Featured Trainer


Bernie Fried

Creative Leader & Motivator

Bernie Fried is a creative leader and motivator with a strong background in sales, business development, operations, training, and general management in higher education, entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial, consulting, and corporate environments.


Bernie has served as Executive Director of Congregation Beth Shalom, a large conservative synagogue in Overland Park, Kansas. He also serves as Managing Member of Keylix Capital Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in writing business plans and developing proforma financials for start-up and early-stage companies.



Thursday, Mar. 18

Time: 10 am - 3 pm

Location: Virtual

Credit: 4 CEUs

Speaker: Bernie Fried

Integral Leadership and Management

Students will learn how to identify their leadership style's strengths and weaknesses, evaluate various communication tactics that enhance leadership and organizational effectiveness, and utilize strategies that elevate diversity of thought and collaboration. They will also understand the managerial decision-making tools that successful practices employ, and how they are used to further social responsibility.


Thursday, Apr. 15

Time: 10 am - 3 pm

Location: Virtual

Credit: 4 CEUs

Speaker: Bernie Fried

Intrapraneurial and Entrepreneurial Mindsets 

Students will learn how to develop a business mission and vision that clearly articulates the values of their practice, then recognize decision-making techniques that accomplish their practice's objectives and promote the unique qualities of their practice's brand. They will also outline a mentorship plan to foster future leaders within the practice and industry and understand how to train and empower employees to make good decisions. They will examine the evolving culture of their practice to identify opportunities and threats and propose methods for community impact and involvement.


Thursday, May 20

Time: 10 am - 3 pm

Location: Virtual

Credit: 4 CEUs

Speaker: Laura Flores

Business Development and Negotiation Strategies 

Students will learn how to evaluate graphics, website, and social media strategies to better promote their practice and understand what the role an influencer has in reaching new customers and securing brand value. They will also discover negotiation strategies that advance and secure the practice, and how to grow and maintain their network through quality relationship development.


Thursday, Jun 17

Time: 10 am - 3 pm

Location: Virtual

Credit: 4 CEUs

Speaker: Jim Johnson

Managerial Finance and Operations 

Students will understand the financial realities of running a business, identify the practice's financial goals for projects, and understand the principles of project management that apply to the practice. They will also learn to generate business decisions to uphold the standard of care for the industry, justify how major areas and functions of management are applied throughout the practice, and defend the importance of planning in the overall accomplishment of the practice's goals and objectives.


Thursday, Jul 15

Time: 10 am - 3 pm

Location: Virtual

Credit: 4 CEUs

Speaker: Bernie Fried

Change Management

Students will learn how to analyze information to isolate practice issues and formulate solutions, diagnose approaches to address the practice's agility and acceptance of change, and develop a long-term plan for the future of the practice. They will also understand approaches to leading change and innovation to support the longevity and prosperity of the practice and evaluate ethical and legal issues relevant to the policies, practices, and management within a practice. Students will have the opportunity to elaborate on techniques and theories in solving human relations issues such as resistance to change, effective leadership styles, team conflict, and personnel management and discuss the variety of communications issues and barriers within the workplace to learn how to apply specific techniques to improve communications.

PO Box 4485  Topeka, KS  66604


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