The AIANY Women in Architecture Committee is honored to have Kim Yao, AIA, as our featured Archtober Leadership Breakfast speaker. Yao is a Principal at Architecture Research Office (ARO), which received the 2020 AIA Architecture Firm Award for their notable architectural contribution. She is also this year’s AIA New York Chapter President. Her presidential theme, “Charting NYC 2020”, focuses on identifying issues that impact our built environment and the policies that define it. For this talk and presentation, Yao will highlight advocacy in architecture from the perspective of the individual practitioner and firm, as well as organizationally via the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. Her continued dedication and leadership to achieve design excellence and championing our profession will inspire and encourage us to serve our communities and to improve the built environment.