Congratulations to Blake Olson, AIA, NCARB, on his recognition as a Rising Star by the Zweig Group, a national AEC consulting firm. The 2022 Rising Stars in the AEC Industry are celebrated for their diverse skill sets and technical capabilities and their outstanding contributions to their communities.
Blake demonstrates a quiet yet decisive leadership style that has earned him the respect and appreciation of all who know him. His ability to effectively navigate challenging circumstances, evaluate multiple perspectives, and develop strategies for success has defined Blake as a leader for his architectural team and his company.
Blake not only excels in management, leadership, and mentoring capacities, but he is also committed to being an instrument of change at work and within the community. His passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) inspire all who know him. Under his leadership, Blake has significantly elevated Galloway’s strategic planning efforts around DEI by setting clear objectives, building a team to support these objectives, and shepherding actionable items until accomplished. Blake demonstrates exceptional leadership skills as he helps the team navigate complex topics, and he has been instrumental in establishing DEI as a thriving operational program within Galloway.
Outside of Galloway, Blake mentors architecture students, volunteers at “Reading Partners” – a tutoring program to help elementary school students read at grade level, and provides mentorship and support to incarcerated youth.
Blake’s ability to work with and inspire others, whether in his professional practice or the social justice space, is a true testament to his character. He understands the effort it takes to be a leader of influence, and he consistently demonstrates this through his attitude and actions. He is a Rising Start at Galloway, within the A/E industry, and within the community.
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