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Fall 2020 – WDC Online

September 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am November 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

WDC will continue our online programming during Fall 2020. We will be scheduling WDC programs to complement ULI’s Online San Francisco Fall meeting this October.

Please join our LinkedIn group as we will continue to post updates on WDC’s upcoming programs, and WDC members are posting opportunities for other WDC members.  As we move forward, WDC needs volunteers and new members to build our capacity to support women and build our online community. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email wdc@seifel.com.

The past summer, we have been focusing on building WDC’s capacity to offer online programs and advancing our goal to advise women developers and help them raise capital. We are working on the potential creation of a WDC Investment Fund and improving our Project Forum programs to advise women developers.

This Fall, we will be building upon our recent programs to feature more women developers and to build our collective strength to successfully manage through COVID. We will also continue to reach out to our WDC community to gain additional insights about how WDC’s programs can be improved and how to better support women developers.

Thursday October 8 at 1 PM ET – WDC In Conversation – Boutique Hospitality Development in the COVID Era

Developer Jen Webber, Ash NYC, and General Manager Soso Ngin, the Dean Hotel. Please click here to register via Eventbrite

Please join us in conversation with Ash NYC Developer Jen Webber and General Manager Soso Ngin of the Dean Hotel in downtown Providence as they discuss boutique hospitality development and operations in the COVID era. Acclaimed for their evocative design, James Beard award winning food & beverage programs and local urban immersion, the Ash NYC hotels are of the pre-COVID zeitgeist. How are they pivoting to meet today’s challenges while still maintaining their flavor? Jen and Soso will discuss the strategies they have deployed to sustain existing operations and take advantage of new opportunities, including their recently developed hotel in Baltimore. 

Tuesday October 13 at 3:15 PM ET – ULI Virtual Fall Meeting, San Francisco: WLI View From The Top in collaboration with WDC

WDC is very excited to be collaborating with the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) on WLI’s View from the Top at the ULI Virtual Fall Meeting, Tuesday October 13 at 3:15 PM.  Learn from a diverse panel of leading women developers in the Bay Area who have worked to develop a vibrant, high-density, transit-oriented community in San Francisco’s Mission Bay:

  • Terezia Nemeth, Executive Vice President – Regional Market Director, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
  • Andrea Jones, Senior Director of Development, Mission Point, Kylli
  • Charmaine Curtis, Principal, Curtis Development

The session will be moderated by Kelly Nagel, Chair, WLI Executive Committee (Senior Vice President, Multifamily, at Stoltz Real Estate Partners).

The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) exists to increase the number and visibility of women in leadership positions both within ULI and the commercial real estate industry. This session has been organized in collaboration with the Women’s Development Collaborative (WDC), which inspires, promotes and supports women who lead transformative real estate developments across the US and Canada.You must be registered for the ULI Virtual Fall meeting to attend.

Recent WDC Fall Programs

Thursday September 17 at 1 PM ET – WDC Room of Our Own- A New York Story of the Arts and COVID

Wendy Rowden, President, and Lisala Beatty, Director of Music and the Brain, Building for the Arts NY. Please

Art feeds our souls, expands our horizons, and enlivens our cities. Please join us for our next interactive salon with Wendy Rowden and Lisala Beatty of Building for the Arts NY (BFA)  as we explore how artists and arts organizations in New York City are facing the challenges of COVID and working to keep the arts alive. BFA transformed the once-derelict western end of 42nd Street into Theatre Row by developing theaters, restaurants and apartments and providing affordable space for performing arts organizations. BFA’s other signature program, Music and the Brain, has helped more than 400,000 students in underserved communities develop cognitive and fine motor skills through in-school music. 

We will hear how BFA is collaborating on the development of affordable homes and maker space for artists. Wendy and Lisala will also share how the organization quickly pivoted during the pandemic to deliver Music and the Brain to kids being taught remotely while also helping performing artists earn income as theaters remain dark through online performances, such as TRLive! (Enjoy their upcoming shows on Thursday 9/3 and 9/17!)

FUTURE WDC ONLINE PROGRAMS

Below is a brief summary of future WDC program content with additional information to follow in the near future.

The Well (TBD)  –   We are working to arrange an online tour and presentation about The Well, a new mixed-use community on the former Globe and Mail site in downtown Toronto. We will tour the future location of “the spine,” a 35,000 SF glass canopy running through a grand space with over 400,000 SF of retail including a 90,000 SF market hall, surrounded by over 1 million SF of office space and 2,000 residential condos and apartments. We will also learn about the Deep Lake water distribution networks and underground thermal energy storage tanks that will provide low carbon cooling and heating services to the 7-acre site and nearby properties. 

Canadian Stage and City Builders (TBD)   –   This program will feature Canadian Stage, Canada’s largest contemporary theater based in Toronto, and its talented woman playwright, Susanna Fournier, who is launching her inspiring play, Always Still the Dawn, with an all-female cast this Spring. We will hear first hand from Alexandra Baillie, Canadian Stage Board Chair, how women in the Toronto design + real estate community have come together to form City Builders to support the theater and how her investment fund, Good & Well, is unlocking opportunities for start-ups with a social purpose to scale their businesses across the globe. 

WDC Developer Forum (TBD) –  Our WDC Developer Forum will feature Toronto-based, non-profit developer Hadley Nelles of New Commons Development and a bi-national panel of experienced housing developers and funders.  Moderated by Susan Connelly of Housing Opportunities, the Developer Forum will explore proven strategies, policies and local delivery systems to support the development and long term protection of affordable and mixed-income housing in the US and Canada.