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Please join the SDA NY chapter on Thursday August 24th at 6:30pm for an enlightening, inspiring and amusing evening with Executive Coach and Speaker, Elisa Grandizio as she presents an insightful session on Women in Leadership based on her recently published article, "Born to Lead: Memoir of a Bossy Girl".

Elisa brings 20+years of personal and professional experience as a wife, mother, business woman and entrepreneur. Her current focus is channeled on helping others attain excellence and balance in their lives.

The program will be followed by a Wine & Cheese social! We couldn’t be more excited about this program, and we sincerely hope you will be too!

Perkins Eastman
115 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003

CEUs: 2

•SDA Members: Free
•Non-Members: $20 (payble online or at the door)

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SDA recognizes five core areas as vital to better practice management in A/E/C firms. By centering its educational content on these areas, SDA provides members with both the breadth and depth necessary to excel in the design industry. These 5 areas are the foundation for continuing education seminars, on-line resources, networking opportunities, and the SDA Certification Program.

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SDA members who handle all aspects of office administration benefit from the educational materials in Office Administration. OA deals with a combination of areas including General Office Administration, Information Technology, Facilities Management and Business Continuity Planning, Sustainability and Software and Computer Tips and Training .
SDA provides administrative professionals with the tools to balance a host of HR topics, including federal and regional regulations, employee benefits, staffing, and other personnel issues.
SDA members are kept current on design industry topics related to financial managing and planning. Examples of topics include specialized A/E accounting software, bookkeeping and accounting procedures, liability insurance, contracts, payroll, and A/R and A/P
SDA strives to educate administrators in business development, proposal requirements and generation, and market research. The Marketing content enhances the marketer’s personal skill set in networking techniques, fostering client relations, and developing and monitoring contact management processes.
SDA members are provided with the tools to tackle the diverse aspects of project management. The PM content promotes awareness of the many software programs available to manage projects and specifications, as well as provides information on forms and shortcuts to help manage the day-to-day business of the project.


SDA, the recognized leader in education for best practices in the A/E/C industry, offers a credential that recognizes your administrative and management expertise, the Certified Design Firm Administrator (CDFA) designation. The CDFA credential is a voluntary certification designed to test professional practice management and contribute to an administrator's personal and professional growth as well as their firm’s organizational growth and maturity through better practices in design firm management. Enhanced marketability and increased earning potential are just two of the many benefits CDFA certification provides.

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