AIA Members Graduate from CT Professionals’ Leadership Academy

Connecticut Professionals' Leadership Academy participants

New Haven, CT – Seven AIA Connecticut members graduated from the 2022 Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy, a program designed to strengthen leadership skills, develop and build relationships, and create a collaborative professional services community.

The graduates include Brigid Abraham, Pickard Chilton; Brian Baril, A/Z Corporation; Matthew Gallerani, Silver Petrucelli + Associates; Karen Parzych, The SLAM Collaborative; Utkarsh Patil, Russell & Dawson, Inc.; Melissa Spiga, CHK Architects; and Jillian Winterkorn, Eversource.

(l-r): Brian Baril, Jillian Winterkorn, Matthew Gallerani, Gina Calabro, Brigid Abraham, and Utkarsh Patil (not pictured: Karen Parzych and Melissa Spiga)

This program brought together 27 professionals from various industries and backgrounds, including accounting and finance, architecture, law, and insurance. The program, focused on the next generation of business leaders, was presented in partnership with six professional 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.

“The Connecticut American Institute of Architects (AIA Connecticut) was proud to support, encourage, and develop the next generation of leaders,” said Gina Calabro, executive director and CEO of AIA Connecticut. “It is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with these esteemed Connecticut professional organizations and to offer leadership skills and relationship building for career advancement. We look forward to the future contributions that our academy graduates will make as they continue on this path.”

The program encourages participants to help evolve and grow their careers and industries, and professional association groups and companies, through dynamic sessions including Legislative Day at the Capitol; Personal Branding; How to Lead a Team Effectively and Efficiently; Facilitation and Negotiation; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Personal Branding; Business Finance 101; and a Lean Principles and Practices Team-Building Workshop.

Applications open in October for the 2023 Connecticut Professionals’ Leadership Academy Program. Learn more at