2nd Annual Leadership Symposium – How Disruptive Change Results in Growth and Impact 26 June 2022 1300 - 1700 (Central Daylight Time) Hilton Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

In conjunction with the 2022 AIAA AVIATION Forum (27 June–1 July)

2ndAnnualLeadershipSymposium-ThumbnailjpgJoin AIAA leadership at the 2nd Annual Leadership Symposium as we focus on how disruptive change results in growth and impact. AIAA President-Elect Laura McGill, AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher, and other members of the Board of Trustees and the Council of Directors will provide insight on the Institute’s vision and strategic trajectory as we move forward. As a leader in the organization, we invite you to collaborate across divisions and committees by sharing best practices and institutional knowledge to help both new and experienced leaders have productive and engaging experiences.

The following leaders are invited to join us for this event: AIAA Board of Trustees; Council of Directors; Leaders and Deputies of TAD, IOD, READ; Board Directed Committee Chairs; Section Chairs and respective council members; Technical Committee Chairs; and Student Branch Chairs.

Register Now*

*Registration is available through the AIAA AVIATION Forum registration platform, however, registration for the forum is not required. If you wish to register for both the forum and the Leadership Symposium, register for the forum first and then select the Leadership Symposium as an add-on during the check-out process. Please contact Merrie Scott MerrieS@aiaa.org with any questions.

1300–1305 hrs Welcome Remarks, Goals, and Introductions

Speaker: Peter Montgomery, Chair, Talent and Leadership Development Committee

1305–1335 hrs Institute Strategic Overview

Speakers: Laura McGill, AIAA President; Dan Dumbacher, AIAA Executive Director

Topics for Discussion:

  • Governance structure—Where you fit and how we work together to achieve success
  • Products and Services—Awareness of products and services, why are they offered, and the role that the volunteers play in ensuring their success
  • Strategic Plan and Domain Approach—Implementation plan to achieve success
1335–1400 hrs McKinley Association Overview on Trends

Speaker: David Gammel, Chief Practice Office, McKinley Advisors

1400–1630 hrs Rotating Breakout Sessions
  • Each Session has a “lead” speaker that will ultimately guide the session. The other speakers will serve as speakers to facilitate and offer insight and guidance to the session.
  • Appoint one of the speakers to take some notes about any highlights on the conversation and any new ideas that may be generated.
  • As the speakers are introduced, they will also comment on what this event is important to the Institute and why it is important to address this session topic.
  • The lead speaker will ask a few questions to get to know who is the session, something like: What committee/community are you involved in? How do you contribute personally?
  • The lead speaker will start the conversations by asking as many of the thought provoking questions they can. The goal is to get everyone involved in the conversation and speak freely on ways to move forward.
  • Once all three sessions are over, we will bring the groups back together to have a report out on session highlights and any new ideas generated.

Session 1: Creating Organizational Alignment
Overview: In order for volunteer organizations to move forward and effectively evolve, the volunteer members that lead those areas must understand the goals and objectives that the organization has set forth that determines it’s future directions. This session will clearly articulate the roadmap of the Institute, the roles of the domains in fine tuning that direction, and the actions that the volunteer led committees can focus upon in order to help us generate content and programming necessary to help make AIAA a more relevant organization in the future.


  • Dan Dumbacher, AIAA Executive Director
  • Angelo Iasiello, AIAA Chief Operating Officer
  • Allen Arrington, AIAA Chief, Council of Directors
  • Scott Fouse, AIAA Domain Lead, Science and Technology

Thought Provoking Questions for Discussion:

  • What actions are required to build a successful, forward leaning volunteer community that effectively addresses the new organizational needs and helps it to operate at the speed of the marketplace?
  • How can the Institute better align its legacy technical and section focused communities and their respective committees’ work to achieve maximum results and advance the 21st century AIAA mission?
  • How can we identify and prioritize future market / mission needs that would allow a volunteer driven organization to deliver key content in a timely manner.
  • What are some of the best practices that could be shared to help ease this transition or underpin a transformation at the volunteer led level?

Session 2: Building Program Content
Overview: AIAA is widely recognized for its world class technical aerospace content and programming. In a changing marketplace where new applications of those legacy technologies are increasingly being integration with other technologies spawned from adjacent technology industries, AIAA must now lean into a more systems-focused integration role to fully understand how those combined technologies are creating wholly new industries or recalibrating more traditional ones. What changes can our leaders make to adapt to the changing marketplace? How can AIAA continue to be the leader in the creation and curation of relevant content and programming in the years ahead to ensure that we continue to shape the future of aerospace?


  • Julie Van Kleek, AIAA Domain Lead
  • Carlos Cesnick, Chair,  AIAA Content Development Committee
  • Rodger Williams, AIAA Vice President Product, Content, and Market Development

Thought Provoking Questions for Discussion:

  • What type of content and programming is required for AIAA to be considered a relevant organization for the future?
  • How should our content generating areas lead by our volunteers build more relevant content around these market trends workshops, webinars, forums, section programming or continuing education?
  • How does our current construct help us adapt to the new environment? What changes, if any, could be made that would help support AIAA’s transition to a broader systems integrator of both traditional aerospace technologies and the newer non-traditional ones?
  • How do we bring these adjacencies under the AIAA big technical tent and be seen of as the credible resources for the integration of these technologies into all aerospace platforms?
  • How should we build new program content to align with aspirations and the larger systems integration goals of the Institute?
  • What are the best practices that are currently being used outside of AIAA should be considered?

Session 3: Building a Leadership Pipeline
Overview: AIAA’s future and relevance lies squarely upon the shoulders of its leaders today. Today’s leaders have to power begin to shape and create those future leaders that will begin addressing the challenges and the problems of tomorrow. But transitions such as this, in order to be successful, must take into consideration purposeful and intentional planning to ensure that it is done correctly. Building the future leadership pipeline means not only recognizing the need for transition but taking the first steps to mentor and actively develop that next generation of leaders that the Institute needs to remain relevant and dynamic.


  • Claudine Phaire (lead), AIAA Diversity and Inclusion Working Group Chair
  • Anjanay Kottapalli, Member, AIAA Talent and Leadership Development Committee
  • Kate Stambaugh, Member, AIAA Talent and Leadership Development Committee
  • Ming Chang, AIAA Domain Lead, Aeronautics
  • Lindsay Mitchell, AIAA Program Manager, Regions, Sections, Student Branches

Thought Provoking Questions for Discussion:

  • How do we reinvent the Institute in a way that makes it not only a home to those who have long supported it, but attractive enough for others to want to join and be a part of?
  • How can communities and committees’ attract and engage young professionals and student who many want leadership roles?
  • What steps have our volunteer leaders taken to make it attractive for young professionals and students to want to remain involved and help chart our future?
  • Why is it important to build both focused content, as well as systems focused content that brings in technical adjacencies in order to attract a more diverse group of members to participate?
  • What are the best practices that can be shared?
1630–1700 hrs Session Closing Remarks – Sharing Outcomes

Speakers: Peter Montgomery, Laura McGill, Dan Dumbacher

1700–1715 hrs Service Award Presentation

Presenters: Laura McGill and Dan Dumbacher


  • Joao Luiz Azevedo, Instituto de Aeronauatica e Espaco
  • Carlos E.S. Cesnik, University of Michigan
  • John Chawner, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (confirmed)
  • Farzad Mashayek, University of Illinois Chicago
1715–1800 hrs Networking Reception


 Dress Code

Business Casual (no suits and ties!)

 Hotel Information

Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60605, USA
(312) 922-4400

Book your hotel today

Regular attendee hotel rooms are $225 plus tax and service charge and will be available until 27 May, or until sold out. The government rate is $216 plus tax and service charge.

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