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Chapter Leadership Academy

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Chapter Leadership Academy really introduced me to the principals of running a good chapter. I met a lot of really great professionals in the process.

It was a very rewarding experience and kicked off my ASHRAE career.

ASHRAE Leadership Academy has been one of my favorite ASHRAE events, its focused to develop and create the leaders of ASHRAE and I’ve met some of my best friends in ASHRAE.

Chapter Leadership Academy got me more interested in ASRHAE on a Society-level.

I made great connections with people all over the world who I still meet up with today! It’s what catapulted me into Society leadership.

As a Chapter President and leader, it was very valuable to understand how ASHRAE is structured. I met some amazing people as well!

Chapter Leadership Academy

Calling all future ASHRAE leaders! Are you or someone in your chapter interested in getting involved with ASHRAE on a higher level? Chapter Leadership Academy is THE event for the next generation of ASHRAE leaders.

  The 2024 Chapter Leadership Academy was held at HQ March 1-2, 2024.

Chapter Leadership Academy is a 1.5-day crash course designed to simplify the learning curve of all things ASHRAE. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how ASHRAE Society functions and obtain useful and practical knowledge essential for honing ASHRAE leadership skills. The program also will include sharing tips and best practices that attendees can confidently take back to their Chapters for implementation. Attendees help shape the discussion, too! A significant part of the program will be based on hot topics and ASHRAE-related challenges that attendees have identified they would like to see addressed.

Interested? Contact your Director and Regional Chair (DRC) TODAY! DRCs will approve attendees from their region. Each region has limited spots. Those interested should contact their DRC before November 17. All attendees will be approved to register by December 1.

Attendees will be charged a $250 registration fee, which will include course materials, hotel for 2 nights, Friday night reception, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Registration, airfare, and other expenses will be the responsibility of the attendee, the Chapter, and/or the Region.

Daily Overview:

Summarized Schedule
2024 Chapter Leadership Academy  
Friday, March 1
12:30 p.m. ASHRAE HQ Building Tour (RSVP required)
1:30- 2:00 p.m. Check In at HQ
2:00-3:15 p.m. Introductions, Overview of Chapter Leadership Academy
3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:15 p.m. What do you want to learn: Challenges Identification
4:15-5:30 p.m. The Leadership Academy Triple Dog Dare Challenge
5:30-7:00 p.m. Light Dinner and Networking at HQ
Saturday, March 2
  Free Breakfast at Hotel 
7:45-8:00 a.m. Arrival at HQ 
8:00-8:15 a.m. Introduction to Day
8:15-9:00 a.m. What ASHRAE Means to Me
9:00-9:45 a.m. Creating Your Elevator Speech
9:45-10:00 a.m. Break 
10:00 -10:45 a.m. The ASHRAE Organization and Navigating the Multitude of Meetings
10:45-11:00 a.m. Chapter Advocacy
11:00-12:00 p.m. Getting Involved in ASHRAE: Beyond the Chapter
Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-1:30 p.m. Opening the ASHRAE Toolbox
1:30-2:30 p.m. Effective Meeting Management
2:30-3:00 p.m. A Motion through Society
3:00-3:15 p.m.  Break and Group Picture
3:15-3:45 p.m. Spreading the ASHRAE Love: How to Delegate and Motivate Volunteers
3:45-4:30 p.m. Solutions to the Challenges
4:30-4:50 p.m. Leading by Example
4:50-5:00 p.m. Closing
6:00-8:00 p.m. Dinner (offsite)

Meet the Presenters:

Devin Abellon is a registered professional engineer with over 25 years of experience in the HVAC field, designing systems for commercial, institutional, industrial, health care, and municipal projects. He now works as the Vice President of Engineering Sales at Pyure.  Devin earned his B.S. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. He is an active member of ASHRAE on the local chapter, regional, and Society level and formerly served on the Board of Directors as the Region X Director and Regional Chair.

Chris Mathis has spent the past 35 years focusing on how buildings and building products perform – from energy efficiency to long-term durability and sustainability. He has an undergraduate degree in Physics from UNC-Asheville and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT, where his work focused on the energy use of buildings. He is the author of numerous research papers on various topics of building performance – from proper evaluation of insulation performance to fenestration systems performance, sustainability metrics and green building challenges. He is the author of Insulating Guide, a summary of insulating best practices for home builders. He is the co-author of Understanding Source Energy in Commercial Buildings. He is a 30+ year member of ASHRAE and currently serves on SSPC 90.1, 90.2 and the Residential Building Committee. Chris is also an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, providing presentations and training seminars on a variety of building energy performance, sustainability and business topics.

Rachel Romero, PE, is a senior engineer and project leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Rachel obtained her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Hope College and then received her master’s degree in Building Systems Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Rachel is an active member of ASHRAE, currently serving on the Residential Buildings Committee. 

At NREL, Rachel is the project manager for the U.S Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, which has inspired tens of thousands of students to be the next generation of zero energy buildings professionals. Rachel also leads the U.S. Department of Energy’s Smart Labs program, providing technical assistance to laboratory partners across the US. She was a main author of the Smart Labs Toolkit, which describes a systematic process to achieve safe, efficient, and sustainable laboratories.