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.
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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.
Megan Roth Abraham has been named Executive Director of The Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative, which has recently been rebranded to be known as The Goldie Initiative.
On Thursday August 11th, CREW Chicago hosted its monthly luncheon at Morton’s Steakhouse on Wacker Drive in collaboration with the Chicago Association of REALTORS® CommercialForum, the Women’s Council of REALTORS®, and the Goldie Initiative as the Successful Women in Commercial Real Estate series highlighted Executive Women in Construction for a sold out audience of 100+ attendees.
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