Category Archives: Women’s Leadership Initiative

Recap- WLI Holiday Luncheon with Dr. Rachel Brem

By Yukiko Nakayama, Puma Investment On December 4, ULI Washington’s WLI holiday lunch event, 82 attendees got together for the holiday season to reflect on this year and hear stories from Dr. Rachel Brem.  Dr. Brem is a leading breast cancer doctor in the country and the Director of the Breast Imaging and Intervention Center and the Vice Chairman of Radiology at the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associated.  She received her medical degree from Columbia University. She raised three daughters including Alisa Brem Rosenberg, who introduced Dr. Brem.  This … Read More

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Recap- ULI Washington Career Happiness Workshop to Help You Dig Deeper for Greater Impact & Personal Fulfillment

By Hannah Untereiner, Lidl On November 16, 20 attendees gathered at ULI Headquarters to discuss career fulfillment during WLI’s “Satisfied at Work? A Career Happiness Workshop to Help You Dig Deeper for Greater Impact & Personal Fulfillment.” Denise Riebman, Career Happiness Coach and Director of Career Development & Alumni Services at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, led an engaging four-hour workshop on strength building, values assessment, and purpose exploration. Denise kicked off the workshop with mindful breathing, and emphasized the importance … Read More

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Recap: Should I Stay or Should I Go? Career Pivots Conversation

By Kelly Whelan, Development Analyst, EYA On an unseasonably warm November morning, an all-star panel and 55 attendees convened at ULI Washington’s DC Headquarters for WLI’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go? Strategic Career Pivots Discussion”.  Michelle Beaman Chang of imby.com, Tony Greenberg of JBG SMITH, and Roberta Liss of Cushman & Wakefield joined moderator Wendy White of Goulston & Storrs and professional career coach Charlie Jones of BIG and Truepen Coaching for a morning of honest introspection, engaging stories, and invaluable career advice. The group discussed “inflection points” … Read More

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Recap- WLI Event- Like a Boss: Building Your Professional Brand

The evening event started at The Apollo Apartments with signature drinks and a tour of the beautifully designed common spaces and model unit.  The panel discussion was held in the community’s roof top space with a view of Capitol Hill on a warm 70 degree February evening.  The discussion was organized by the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) of ULI Washington and was moderated by Caroline Kenney of Urban Atlantic with panelists Stephanie Williams, President at Bozzuto Management Company, and Nan Tolbert, Executive Communication Coach at The Communication Center. The panelists … Read More

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Recap- WLI Washington Presents: Taking the Plunge- Insight into Action

Is entrepreneurship for you? This is the question that drove the discussion amongst five emerging and experienced entrepreneurs at WLI Washington’s ‘Taking the Plunge: Insight into Action’ event. The panel was moderated by Wendelin White, Director at Goulston & Storrs, and included Elinor Bacon, President of ER Bacon Development; Melina Duggal, President and Owner of Duggal Real Estate Advisors; Ursula Mead, CEO and Founder of InHerSight.com; and Paola Moya, CEO and Principal at Marshall Moya Design.   A common theme surrounding the panelists’ first steps of starting their own businesses … Read More

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Recap- Seasoned Negotiators Know- An Interactive Conversation

On the morning of Tuesday, October 18th, one hundred real estate professionals gathered at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP for an interactive conversation with a panel of five seasoned negotiators to hear tips and advice for negotiating successfully in real estate.  The panel was organized by the Women’s Leadership Initiative of ULI Washington and was moderated by Professor Charlie Craver of The George Washington University.  Professor Craver is an accomplished attorney and author of several publications on negotiation.  The all-star panel included Lynn Bennett, Senior Vice President at Coakley & … Read More

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Recap- WLI Guided Rum Tasting

ULI members braved the record breaking heat on Wednesday, August 10th to network and enjoy an exclusive members-only summer rum tasting at Archipelago, a tiki bar on U Street.  Archipelago is owned by local bartender Owen Thomson (formerly of Bar Pilar and Rose’s Luxury) and his colleagues Joseph Ambrose, Noah Broaddus and Ben Wiley.  The tiki bar opened earlier this year and is DC’s first legitimate tiki bar in more than a decade.  The Washington Post describes Archipelago as “the only place in town where you can sit on a … Read More

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Recap of “Gender Balance Series – ULI Washington Getting to the C-Suite” Event

On April 6th WLI Washington hosted the second installment of a three-part Gender Balance Series; a program aimed at achieving gender parity in the commercial real estate industry.  This event was held at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP and showcased several women real estate leaders who have made it to the “C-Suite” in their respective firms.  The panel was moderated by David Mayhood, President of The Mayhood Company and included Kathy Allgier, Executive Vice President with MRP Realty, Yolanda Cole, Senior Principal of Hickok Cole Architects, Stephanie … Read More

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WLI’s Womens Leadership Series, Session One Recap

On March 15, almost 50 women, representing a broad cross-sector of professions and companies in the commercial real estate world,gathered at the offices of Arent Fox to attend the first seminar in a WLI Leadership Series.  This first of three seminars led by Rebecca Shambaugh focused on Building Your Personal Brand.  Ms. Shambaugh explained to the attendees that everyone has a brand whether they specifically cultivate it or not.  This brand is based on the impression you leave with others and unless you consciously attend to  the brand, these impressions … Read More

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Recap- ULI Washington/WLI Whiskey Business Tasting Event in Shaw

ULI members and non-members braved the cold on Tuesday, February 2nd and gathered for a warming guided whiskey tasting at Southern Efficiency, a whiskey-centric bar in Shaw.  Southern Efficiency is a James Beard Award nominated bar by co-owners Derek Brown and Travis Croxton and specializes in Southern brown liquor with bar bites to match.  The bar is named for Kennedy’s description of Washington D.C. as a place of “Southern efficiency and Northern charm” and first opened for business in late 2013 as the younger sister bar of Mockingbird Hill and … Read More

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