The Goldie Initiative congratulates all of the winners of this year's 2019 Crain's Notable Women In Commercial Real Estate. We are especially proud of the Goldie Mentors, Sponsors and Advisers including Kirsten Ekdahl Hull, Molly McShane, Pam Boneham, Larissa Herczeg, Lisa Konieczka, Maria Alexakis, Susan Bergdoll, and Paula Harris! Thank you for your continued support of our mission to elevate women leaders in commercial real estate.
"The 30 brokers, directors, investors, developers and finance professionals on this list are among those shaping high-profile commercial real estate in Chicago. Many have brokered deals for and developed the city’s most recognizable properties. Others are helping to steer industry groups that are fostering the next generation of women’s leadership in commercial real estate. Please join Crain’s in recognizing their contributions to Chicago business and development."
See the full list and bios here: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/notable/women-in-commercial-real-estate
At its first board meeting of the year on January 30, The Goldie Initiative officially installed 16 directors to lead and serve the organization in 2019. A full list of 2019 directors is available at Leadership page of The Goldie Initiative's website, including links to directors' LinkedIn profiles.
The Goldie Initiative's mission is to prepare women for senior leadership roles in all sectors of commercial real estate. The Goldie Initiative does this by providing scholarship support for graduate study, mentorship and networking opportunities to women with high potential who are committed to becoming the leaders in the real estate industry.
The organization is led by Steve Madden, Board President and President/CEO of Libertyville Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank. Goldie B. Wolfe Miller serves as the organization's Founder and Chair. Laura Giampietro, Marketing Communications Consultant at strata-g-marketing, was installed as President-elect.
The Goldie Initiative added several new board members in 2019, including Elizabeth Hozian of Associated Bank, Mary Fran Murphy of Near North Title Group and a Goldie Alumna, and John Petrovski of BMO Harris Bank.
For more information, please contact Megan Abraham, Executive Director of The Goldie Initiative.
On a cold and blustery January day, Goldie Scholars gathered at 311 S. Wacker with Mentors and other stakeholders from The Goldie Initiative for the second annual Goldie Scholar Retreat. The Goldie Initiative provides Goldie Scholars the opportunity to participate in a customized Leadership Development Series throughout the academic year.
Based on feedback from the first session in the three-part series - a Consensus Building Workshop - the program was designed to give Scholars ample opportunity to connect with all or many of the mentors in a meaningful way. The focus of the day was on relationship building and, on the elements essential to building TRUST - the foundation of any relationship.
Chicago business leaders gathered recently to celebrate the Chicago Business Journal's 2018 Women of Influence honorees. The luncheon, which was sponsored by Explore St. Louis and ComEd and included a panel discussion, was held at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park hotel.
The event celebrated 37 Chicago business women for their professional and personal accomplishments.
The honorees were chosen from a range of businesses affecting the Chicago economy, including finance, real estate, media and entertainment. They’ve also been active in mentoring younger executives, working with nonprofit organizations, and pursuing charitable endeavors.
Each of the winners was profiled in the Chicago Business Journal, where they shared insight to their career accomplishments and their personal lives.
Read Goldie B. Wolfe Miller's interview here: www.bizjournals.com/chicago/c/in-profile-women-of-influence/3707/goldie-wolfe-miller.html
"Nora Boneham, a Kellogg student in the MMM program, and Hannah French, a Kellogg MBA student, were named Goldie Scholars on August 20, 2018, a prestigious scholarship program with The Goldie Initiative for the 2018–19 academic year. In addition to a $10,000 scholarship over a two-year period, the program also includes the assignment of a mentor, access to exclusive networking opportunities, a leadership development program and other benefits.
Prior to pursuing her dual-degree full-time, Nora was an Investment Analyst at Prudential Financial, where she held positions at PGIM Real Estate and Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. Nora earned a BBA, Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in Madison, Nora interned with Forward Community Investments and volunteered for the Madison Fund.
Hannah is pursuing an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Prior to her current position, she was Senior Manager of Workplace Solutions for Capital One and has worked in design and construction throughout her career. She is active in Kellogg’s Women’s Business Association and Real Estate Club. Hannah earned a Bachelor’s in Interior Architecture from Columbia College Chicago and has studied historic preservation and conservation at Northwestern University.
Congratulations to Nora and Hannah!"
Read full article here.
In an exclusive and intimate "safe space" setting, Goldie Scholars had the opportunity to interact with two commercial real estate legends on the topic of negotiating on December 17, 2018. The Goldie Initiative's 2018 Shero Award Winner, Sheli Rosenberg, met with Scholars, shared advice on how to negotiate in any situation, and provided feedback on negotiation scenarios prepared by Scholars. The Goldie Initiative Founder and Chair, Goldie B. Wolfe Miller, also provided valuable insight and advice.
"The Goldie Initiative announced the promotion of Kelsey Cleland to program coordinator, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Cleland started with The Goldie Initiative as a temporary employee in October 2017 and was hired as program assistant in January 2018.
Cleland received a bachelor of arts in strategic communications and radio, TV and film University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a result of her hard work over the past year, The Goldie Initiative’s cohort of Goldie Scholars has become more cohesive and engaged in leadership opportunities.
With a unique strategy of scholarship, mentoring, networking and professional development, The Goldie Initiative cultivates talented women into future leaders. The program supports women pursuing graduate-level studies in business, law or management with a focus on real estate. The organization raised $425,000 for their annual Goldie Gala in September and earlier this year announced a record-breaking 20 Goldie Scholars chosen for the 2018-19 academic year."
Read the full article here: www.rejournals.com/goldie-initiative-promotes-kelsey-cleland-to-program-coordinator-20181210
From the Fall 2018 issue of the National Association of REALTORS' Commercial Connections, located here: Commercial Connections.
Women represent 27 percent of NAR’s members in commercial real estate, according to the 2017 Commercial Member Profile. Yet according to a 2015 CREW Network study only 9 percent of commercial real estate C-suite roles are held by women.
Rebecca Thomson, principal with the Thomson Real Estate Group, is determined to change that.
“We need more women in leadership to move our industry forward,” says Thomson. “Our industry’s evolving, spurred by disruption, with the pace of change escalating. The stakes are high, and it’s not about what threatens us — it’s about seeking out and immersing ourselves in opportunities and proactively chasing the evolution that will shape our future as an industry. I look forward to contributing to that future.”
A review of Thomson’s credentials suggests she’s well on her way. She is the 2018 president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and serves on numerous industry and community boards. This, while running her own real estate coaching and consulting firm, raising a young child, and pursuing an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Thomson views the latter as a critical component of her professional development strategy.
Supporting Thomson in this strategy is The Goldie Initiative, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to redefining the commercial real estate industry by elevating and advancing the careers of women with high potential. Since its formation in 2007, The Goldie Initiative has created a professional community of women with the academic and leadership potential to become Goldie Scholars. Thomson is among the class of 2018 Goldie Scholars — one of 20 recently announced from nine universities.
“Rebecca has true leadership potential, which makes her a perfect choice to be a Goldie Scholar,” says Goldie B. Wolfe Miller, founder of The Goldie Initiative and a renowned commercial real estate broker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
“We have high hopes that she, along with other Goldie Scholars, will change the dynamic for women in commercial real estate.”
Published by Bisnow on December 5, 2018:
"Local legend Goldie Wolfe Miller kicked off Bisnow’s Chicago Power Women event yesterday by quoting former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright: “There should be a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
"It was a message the overflow crowd of 500 was ready to hear. In her morning keynote speech, Wolfe Miller, who once ran the largest woman-owned commercial brokerage in the nation, praised the successful women of real estate who feel a responsibility to mentor the younger generation.
Few if any women have done as much as Wolfe Miller to educate and train others to make it in the male-dominated world of commercial real estate. Some of the best lessons come from her own life story. In her 40-year career, she was frequently the only woman in the room, especially in the early days. As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, born in a displaced persons camp in the aftermath of World War II, the ability to surmount challenges may have deep roots.
“We came over on a boat, as immigrants, with nothing,” she said. Her parents instilled values such as strength, determination and a belief in education. Along with hard work and a willingness to take a few risks, those qualities should serve anyone in any field, she said."
Read the full article here: Hard Work, Risk-Taking, Humility And A Little Flash: How To Be A Power Woman
On December 4, 2018 Bisnow hosted the Chicago Power Women Event honoring the city's top female executives in commercial real estate. This is the first year the national Power Women series has come to Chicago. For the inaugural event, Bisnow asked CRE legend and Goldie Initiative Founder Goldie B. Wolfe Miller to provide the keynote address.
Ms. Wolfe Miller spoke to a full crowd of 500+ industry professionals about many inspirational topics, including her own powerful personal story, the five things you need to be successful, and the importance of giving back.
After the keynote speech and Q & A, a distinguished panel took the stage to answer questions. Among the panelists were past Goldie Initiative President Collete English Dixon and Goldie Mentor Molly McShane. Goldie Mentors Karin Kraai and Paula Harris were honorees of the event.
Many Goldie Alumnae and current Goldie Scholars were also in attendance to show support for their mentor. See the photos from the Chicago Power Women Event below.
Read more about Ms. Wolfe Miller in this recent Bisnow article: Chicago Power Women: 5 Questions With The Goldie Initiative's Goldie Wolfe Miller.