In case you missed it, The Goldie Initiative's Scholarship Application for the 2018-19 academic year is now open! Over the past several months, Goldie Scholars, Alumnae, Board Members and Staff have been actively recruiting students at area universities to apply for the prestigious scholarship program.
Events took place at numerous universities; information and photos from each event are posted below. Many panels focused on highlights from successful career pathways for women in the CRE industry.
A webinar about the Scholarship Application will be offered on May 21 for any applicants with questions about the process.
Goldie Scholars and Alumnae met with Penny Pritzker on April 26, 2018, over breakfast at her River Point office. Penny Pritzker is the founder and Chairman of PSP Partners and its affiliates, Pritzker Realty Group, PSP Capital and PSP Growth. From June 2013 through January 2017, she served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. The meeting was arranged by Goldie B. Wolfe Miller, Founder and Chair of The Goldie Initiative, who often remembers being the only other woman in the room with Penny at many of their real estate dealings over the last 20 years.
After brief introductions, Goldie Scholars delivered personal value statements or "elevator pitches". Over the course of the academic year, Goldie Scholars have been working as a cohort to develop strategies for "getting what you want." Since networking has become an essential element of connecting with people who can directly or indirectly play a role in furthering your career, Leadership Development Programming has been focused on the personal value statement, which is the ability to make connections and effectively communicate what you do, the value you bring and where you are headed. Crafting, polishing and delivering a succinct and compelling Value Statement will effectively help others understand what you offer and what you want.
Both Penny and Goldie responded to the value statements with constructive feedback and lively stories from their own careers. Goldie Scholars absorbed the feedback with grace, and there were one or two stories they will surely never forget!
When Goldie Scholar Nora Boneham asked for Penny's call to action for the day, Penny responded with the advice that "women should help other women." Other advice included telling a quick story, considering your audience, improving presence, and knowing what are the 2-3 things you want your listener to remember.
The Goldie Initiative is thankful for the ongoing support by the Pritzker Realty Group as a sponsor of the Goldie Gala and looks forward to additional interactive sessions with Penny Pritzker in the future.
Connect Chicago, a Commercial Real Estate News publisher recently launched its daily digest of CRE news coverage of Chicago and the Midwest. In the Chicago section they promoted The Goldie Initiative's open scholarship application and links to apply.
See the article here.
In mid-April, Goldie Scholars participated in an interactive two-day Retreat focused on cohort-building, developing personal brands, and connecting with Initiative stakeholders at a purposeful networking experience. The program was the third of the three-part Leadership Development Series that took place over the 2017-18 academic year.
On a Friday evening, Goldie Scholars gathered with Mentors, Board and Committee Members at the Chicago Association of Realtors for a Facilitated Networking Reception. The Reception offered Goldie Scholars an opportunity to practice and share their Value Statements with important stakeholders in small group settings at a round-robin networking event. In a safe space, Goldie Scholars were able to practice their "personal pitches" and make edits to content and delivery based on constructive feedback. One participant remarked, "It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with our scholars and stakeholders on a deeper level."