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Professional Parents Forum


AIA Chicago will host a Professional Parents Forum, a networking and skills building event for working parents organized by Women in Planning & Development (WPD) and the American Planning Association (APA). So many people can relate to being a working parent, and this space will allow for the social gathering and knowledge sharing of the unique challenges parents face juggling career and family expectations. This Friday morning intensive is geared toward both moms and dads and will include childcare and AIA/APA continuing education credits. Seminars will focus on topics related to work/life balance, workplace & corporate policies, and strategizing your career with your family in mind. Work and children are more than just paternity leave—we want the space to reflect the diverse experience of our organization’s members and their industries.

Topics will be in a variety of formats, representing people in all different walks of life, and provide actionable next steps for attendees to take home. The event is centered around three themes to allow for attendees to select topics directly related to their phase of life:

  • Workplace & Corporate Policies: Yes, paternity leaveBut also flexible or remote work, accommodating parents/non-parents with fair policies, healthcare, promoting positive workplace culture, or any other policy driven topics.
  • Strategizing your Career: Becoming a parent, or adding another little, may require a shift in one’s career. Topics could be about taking time off, coming back to the workforce, developing new priorities, making a career shift, etc.
  • Work/Life Balance: Literally anything that helps working moms and dads feel more present at work and at home.

We seek speakers representing all walks of life and stages of parenthood, from new moms to parents of multiples to those whose kids are flying from the nest. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please see the guidelines and submission formProposals are due on March 8. Presentations will strive to achieve either an AIA or APA continuing education credit.

Hosted By

AIA Chicago
American Planning Association (APA)
Women in Planning & Development (WPD)


Friday | 04.26.2024


9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Conference center adjacent to AIA Chicago, Suite 260
35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA



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