Michelle Mongeon Allen, JLG Architects
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JLG Architects is led by Michelle Mongeon Allen, CEO. Past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and one of Prairie Business Magazine’s Outstanding Women Executives, Michelle charted JLG’s growth from a closely-held partnership to a 100% employee-owned, nationally-recognized design firm — including one of MSN Money’s 50 Most Admired Companies in the US, Inc. Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work in America, and the 2019 ENR Mountain States Design Firm of the Year.
Known for her commitment to elevating the next generation, Michelle is a frequent speaker at regional and national leadership conferences, including the AIA National Women’s Leadership Summit, and the National Center for Employee Ownership, and is actively engaged in the NDSU Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Alumni Advisory Board as well as the Dunwoody Architecture Program Professional Advisory Council. Under her guidance, JLG developed an innovative professional development program, and in 2019, the firm received the AIA North Central States Region Emerging Professionals Friendly Firm Award.
Michelle drives strategic planning for the firm and for the organizations she belongs to. During her Presidency, Michelle helped to frame AIA Minnesota’s strategic plan, including its commitment to expand and institutionalize equity, diversity and inclusion training and resources, and as current Chair of the Minnesota Architects Political Action Committee, has structured a 5-year fundraising plan to support advancement of these and other mission-driven industry initiatives.
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