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Invest In Your Leadership

Take your leadership to the next level with our new Executive Leadership Summit! This event, geared towards Director level and above, convenes design leaders in an intimate professional development-oriented setting. Learn from four experienced trainers on topics like mindset readiness, creative leadership, scaling design, and building customer experience practice. For announcements on this and other AIGA events, sign up for email updates!

2023 Experience: What's Included

Small Group Training

12 hours of Design Leadership Training

Hotel Stay

Three nights of accommodations at the Westin Alexandria

Select Meals

Breakfast on March 12, 13, and 14; Lunch on March 12 and 13


Networking reception on Sunday, March 12

Sightseeing Opportunity

Offsite excursions on Tuesday, March 14


Optional add on: AIGA Professional Portfolio Assessment for the AIGA Design Leader Certification (AIGA-DL)

AIGA Leadership Summit

Snapshot of ideas from a working session. Photography by Lee-Sean Huang.

Summit Attendees During a Working Session

Leaders organizing ideas and notes during "Design at Scale" session. Photography by Lee-Sean Huang.

2023 Schedule Overview

Looking for a taste of what the AIGA Executive Leadership Summit has to offer? Explore this past year's schedule below.

Offsite Excursions for Attendees (Included in Summit Registration!)

Cap off two days of learning with sightseeing excursions in Washington, D.C.! Both experiences included in registration fee.

National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian
A diverse and multifaceted cultural and educational enterprise, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is an active and visible component of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The NMAI cares for one of the world's most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral
Washington National Cathedral holds a unique place at the intersection of sacred and civic life. Filled with stories of our country's history from 1893 to today, this is a not-to-be missed architectural wonder that claims the title of the world’s sixth-largest Cathedral and boasts old-world artisanship in it's stunning wrought iron, stained glass, gargoyles and grotesques.

Meet the 2023 Instructors

Rama Gheerawo Headshot

Rama Gheerawo

Janice Chaka Headshot

Janice Chaka

Doug Powell Headshot

Doug Powell

Shelley Evenson Headshot

Shelley Evenson

Hugh Dubberly Headshot

Hugh Dubberly


Hal Wuertz

2023 Session Articles

Get Certified!

The AIGA Professional Design Certification program represents a commitment to the design profession and to lifelong learning. Enhance your skills to become a stronger leader for your design team. This event will also provide an in-person testing opportunity for the AIGA Design Leader Certification (AIGA-DL).

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AIGA Professional Design Certification

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