PROSPEC 2023 Keynote Speaker

PROSPEC 2023 Keynote Presentation



Lakisha Ann  Woods, CAE
EVP/Chief Executive Officer

Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a dynamic network of more than 94,000
architects and design professionals throughout 200 chapters committed to enhancing
the built environment.
Woods previously served as President & CEO of the National Institute of Building
Sciences (NIBS) from 2018 - 2022. She led efforts to expand the organization’s
programs and markets while growing and strengthening its membership base.
Prior to joining NIBS, she was the Sr. VP & Chief Marketing Officer at the National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where her team was responsible for all
marketing and revenue-generating programs – including marketing the International
Builders Show, sponsorship sales, and partnerships with major national companies.
Woods is the author of the book Never Get Their Coffee: Empowering Fearless
Leadership and currently serves on the American Society of Association Executives
(ASAE) Board of Directors as Chair of the Foundation and Chair of the ASAE Board.
She also previously served as Vice Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Board of
Directors and is a global speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the
University of Maryland in College Park and lives with her husband and daughter in
Howard County, Maryland.

TOPIC: Opportunities for Collaboration & Diversifying Professionals

Lakisha Ann Woods’ background in the built environment and her demonstrated history of leading strong and successful association teams provides her with a unique industry perspective. In her current role as AIA EVP/CEO, she directs the organization’s work toward its dual goals of sustainability and equity. She will share her thoughts about opportunities for collaboration in AEC fields, as well as supporting and diversifying professionals in these careers.