Category Archives: Women’s Leadership Initiative

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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Recap: Getting on the Right Escalator – ULI Washington/WLI Conversation with Julie Smith and Kathleen Matthews

A conversation with two very intelligent, talented, and motivated women took place this morning at the offices of Morgan Lewis in Washington, DC.  The ULI Washington Women’s Leadership Institute hosted a group that was happy to get out of their houses after the recent blizzard, and were inspired to greatness when they left the event. Julie Smith is the Chief Administrative Officer at The Bozzuto Group and Kathleen Matthews is currently running for Congress from the 8th District of Maryland.  Kathleen’s two prior careers included a long stint as a … Read More

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WLI Holiday Lunch – Leadership and Health

On December 14, a festive holiday lunch was held at Clydes in Gallery Place.  The event, sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Initiative, included a presentation by Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, an architect and the Senior Partner and Office President of Little, a national architecture and design firm  with an office in Arlington.  Carol talked about her own career in the architecture field and how she moved from a project architect to a company manager.  Carol also discussed her involvement with salutogenic design principles.  According to Carol, salutogenic design focuses on the positive impact … Read More

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WLI Suited for Change Clothing Drive and Shopping Event- Recap

Alexis Bittar and Zadig & Voltaire were put at the top of the Nice List when they hosted a holiday clothing drive and private shopping event on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 to benefit the non-profit organization Suited for Change. ULI Washington’s Women’s Leadership Initiative organized a perfect event that included champagne, luxe duds, and statement jewels at the retailer’s CityCenter DC stores.  Guests emptied their closets of suits and accessories to help support Suited for Change whose mission is to provide professional clothing and career and life skills to low-income … Read More

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ULI Washington WLI Signature Event- Kennedy Center Recap

The ULI Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kennedy Center preceding a world premiere performance of the American opera, Appomattox.  The opera originally premiered in San Francisco in 2007 and has been completely revised by composer Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton for the Washington National Opera.  The ULI visitors arrived early and were led through the stage door to view the backstage areas pre-performance including the property areas, flash changing areas and stage management stations.  The group was also able to see many of the … Read More

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Recap: WLI Cocktails and Conversations Event

On October 20th WLI Washington hosted an event called Cocktails and Conversation at the Modera Mosaic property developed by Mill Creek Residential and located in the Mosaic District.  The goal of this event was for real estate professionals to join together to network and discuss the topic of collaborative leadership while enjoying sushi and wine.  The conversation was framed by two written pieces sent to attendees prior to the event: The Four Traits of Collaborative Leadership by Katie McCrory and Collective Genius published in the Harvard Business Review and written … Read More

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WLI Dine-Arounds

On February 24, three simultaneous WLI dine-arounds took place in Maryland, Virginia and the District.  A total of forty-two women gathered at the various venues for a fun evening of food and networking over dinner with fellow real estate professionals. Redwood in Bethesda, Mussel Bar in Arlington, and and Le Diplomate in D.C. provided the backdrop for these pay-your-own way dinners, and delicious meals for the events.  The dine-arounds provided excellent opportunities for making new connections, and having intimate conversations about the state of the industry, ULI’s priorities, and the latest … Read More

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