"Real estate’s sales-based, lone-wolf business culture is one that can sometimes overlook the profit potential in doing things a different way. When young professionals come to this industry, often their “onboarding” is little more than receiving a few rules and pointing them to the marketplace to sink or swim. And when the professional happens to be a woman, the process is even more foreboding. Given these impersonal norms, many in the industry have begun actively seeking mentorship opportunities as a way to develop profitable skills."
Read the Commercial Connections article featuring Goldie Initiative Immediate Past President Karin Kraai and Goldie Alumna Sevara Davis here.
When Vera Halicki graduated with a Master’s in Real Estate from Roosevelt University in December 2016, she was excited to take her career in asset management to new heights. She enrolled in the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate’s program not only to learn new skills and participate in The Goldie Initiative, but also to build on the Institute’s diverse network and alumni connections in the commercial real estate industry. As a Goldie Scholar, Vera made important contacts, and through some savvy use of networking, plus her impressive resume and communication skills, she has recently been hired by Ameritus, LLC as Vice President of Portfolio Management. Since its founding in 1999, Ameritus, LLC has managed and leased properties totaling over ten million square feet for third party clients and its own account.
The Goldie Initiative is pleased to announce that its 2018 Board of Directors was installed at its annual meeting on January 17, 2018. In addition to its first-ever male Board President, Steve Madden, President & CEO, Libertyville Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank, four additional new directors were added to the board. Karin Kraai, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank, who served as Board President from 2015-17, was installed as Immediate Past President. Founder Goldie B. Wolfe Miller continues on as Chair, as do seven other directors and officers. Click here for a complete list of 2018 Board of Directors of The Goldie Initiative. Best wishes to all of our outgoing directors - we appreciate your service!
"On January 8, 2018, the Villa Park Village Board expressed its appreciation to those who generously contributed to the development and construction of The Great Western Trail Head. Each of the honorees received a plaque for their contributions (see photo)."
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The Goldie Initiative is proud to announce that Kelsey Cleland has joined the team as its new Program Assistant starting January 2018. Kelsey serves as the point person for the Goldie Scholars and Alumnae Program, as well as assisting with recruitment events, the Leadership Development series, social media, among many other things.
Kelsey grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, earning a BA in Strategic Communications and Radio, TV & Film. Prior to joining The Goldie Initiative, Kelsey was an Assistant Account Executive at Jacobs Agency where she gained experience in client and project management, strategic planning and product marketing.
"We are so thrilled to have Kelsey on board," said Megan Abraham, Executive Director of The Goldie Initiative. "I am sure great things are in store for Kelsey’s growth as a professional and for The Goldie Initiative’s growth as organization."
In her new role, Kelsey is excited to learn about the non-profit industry and find creative ways to help elevate women in commercial real estate. More information on Kelsey's background is located on her LinkedIn page, and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"This year’s Commercial Caffeinated Networking Breakfast was perhaps the touchstone event for commercial attendees. Accompanying the eggs, coffee, and networking were speakers bringing thought-provoking looks at the notions of “conscious capitalism,” industry gender balance, and diversity. Sponsored in part by RE/MAX Commercial, the breakfast featured industry thought leaders Goldie B. Wolfe Miller of The Goldie Initiative and Kevin Maggiacomo of SVN International."
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"The ULI Foundation and ULI Chicago are pleased to announce the FY18 Jeffrey Kahan Fellows, Julie Heigel, Vice President, Pearlmark Real Estate and Brittani Sanders, Director, Multi-Family, CRG Real Estate Solutions.
The Fellows will participate as Full Members in ULI for the coming year as well as join a national Product Council at both the ULI Fall and Spring Meetings. In addition, they have been paired with a Council mentor who will act as a resource to expand their Council experience."
Read the rest of the Chicago ULI article here.
On Thursday, September 14, 2017, hundreds of commercial real estate professionals from across Chicagoland gathered for a first of its kind Networking Event in celebration of The Goldie Initiative's 10th Anniversary. Goldie Scholar, Charlotte Du, of The University of Wisconsin - Madison, James A. Grasskamp Center for Real Estate MBA program, has shared her unique experience of the "inspiring and spectacular evening". Read Charlotte's full account of the evening here.