The Goldie Initiative is pleased to announce its incoming cohort of Goldie Scholars for the 2017-18 academic year. The Goldie Initiative was founded by Goldie B. Wolfe Miller, a renowned commercial real estate broker and entrepreneur. Its mission is to prepare women for senior leadership roles in all sectors of CRE. The Goldie Initiative does this by providing scholarship support for graduate study, executive mentorship, leadership development programming, and networking opportunities for women with high potential who are committed to becoming leaders in the real estate industry.
The Goldie Initiative offers a prestigious leadership program designed to develop the next generation of women executives in the commercial real estate (CRE) industry. Goldie Scholars are women pursuing graduate-level studies in business with a focus on real estate. The types of degrees our graduates earn include but are not limited to Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Science in Real Estate (MSRE). Founded in 2007, The Goldie Initiative has assisted over 60 scholars at Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.
The 2017-18 Scholar cohort received the most applications on record since the organization became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit. Selected scholars include students new to The Goldie Initiative as well as renewing scholars, who are returning to the program while they are still pursuing graduate students.
The 2017-18 Scholar Cohort of The Goldie Initiative includes the following individuals; more information about their professional experiences can be found via LinkedIn.
University of Chicago Scholars:
DePaul University Scholars:
Kristin Bush (renewing)
Northwestern University Scholars:
Katrina Malone (renewing)
Roosevelt University Scholars:
Rose McKeon (renewing)
Monae Redmond (renewing)
University of Wisconsin Scholars:
For more information about The Goldie Initiative, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary at a Gala event on 9/14, please contact Megan Abraham, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-883-9952. Our website is www.gbwmi.org.
New Scholars in center from L to R:
Linda Kanoski, Thea Button, Shreya Singh, Ann Fortner and Victoria Michael
The photo was taken at a “Cocktails and Connections” event held on 8/16/17 at the Virgin Chicago Hotel. The event gathered new scholars, renewing scholars, alumnae, mentors, board members, and staff from The Goldie Initiative.
The Importance of being mentored: A conversation with Goldie Wolfe Miller
By Jason West, SIOR President of the Chicago Chapter of SIOR and Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield
When she began her career more than 40 years ago, Goldie Wolfe Miller was one of few women working in commercial real estate in Chicago. Over the course of her career, she became the first female vice president of Arthur Rubloff & Company and later founded Goldie B. Wolfe & Company, which developed into the largest woman-owned commercial real estate company.
Today, she is not only the president of Millbrook Real Estate Services, but the driving force behind the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate, or the Goldie Initiative, a program designed to educate, encourage and promote women in Chicago’s real estate industry.
Read the full article here.
from the SIOR Foundation
Chicago’s Lynn Reich Takes Home Millie Award at SIOR 2017 Spring World Conference in New Orleans
Washington, D.C.; May 9, 2017 – David Hagan, SIOR, CCIM and 2017 President of SIOR Foundation announced the 2017 recipient of The Millie Award is Lynn Reich, SIOR, CCIM, with Colliers International in Chicago. The award was presented at SIOR’s 2017 Spring Conference held in New Orleans the last week of April by Patricia Loveall, SIOR and the Immediate Past President of the SIOR Foundation.
Former Advisory Council President Collete English Dixon appointed Executive Director of MBIRE at Roosevelt University
from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin School of Business website
On March 31, a group of eight undergraduate and graduate level women from the Wisconsin Real Estate Program attended the third Annual Women in Real Estate Trip to Chicago. The daylong trip included a mix of touring the city and meeting with real estate professionals. This annual outing has become a great opportunity for women in the program to learn from female executives in real estate about what it takes to be successful in the male-dominated industry.
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The Goldie Initiative congratulations two current Scholars, Robin Schabes and Rose McKeon, and their teammates from Roosevelt University on their win at the 7th Annual Real Estate Challenge held by the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation on Saturday, April 8th. The winning presentation concept, The Innova District, focused on property that was formerly home to the U.S. Sixth Army Headquarters and Quartermaster Depot and the headquarters of Chicago Public Schools. To read more about the Challenge, click here.
When Lynn Reich, an industrial real estate broker and Executive Vice President for Colliers International, was approached to be a mentor to a Goldie Scholar, it was the appropriate time in her career. Having mentored disadvantaged high school youth before, Lynn had built the knowledge over the years in commercial real estate to take on a protégé who would be interested in hearing stories from the industry’s war zone. “I wanted to help other people because I’ve ‘seen the movie’. I wanted to be able to guide someone. If they have the right stuff, you’re going to have a successful partnership… Mentoring in the real estate business, for me, is really easy.”
The Winter/Spring 2017 semester provided Goldie Scholars with an amazing new benefit to program participation: direct access to renowned commercial real estate entrepreneur, Goldie B. Wolfe Miller, Founder of The Goldie Initiative. During each “Wednesdays with Goldie” call, Goldie gets on the phone with a current Goldie Scholar, and creates a personal connection. She speaks with each scholar for at least thirty minutes about the topic(s) of the scholar’s choosing, which can range from personal advice to strategies for career advancement. Although there is no set agenda, scholars are given a range of questions to get the conversations started. These questions can address issues such as working in a male-dominated environment and challenges to a career path in commercial real estate.