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Fall 2020 – WDC Online

September 1 December 31

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.

Tuesday December 29 at 8:00 PM ET – WDC Holiday Cocktail Party

Please click here to register via Eventbrite

Hope you can join us for our inaugural WDC Holiday Cocktail Party, as we can’t wait to see you virtually to ring in the new year together, a couple of days early! We’re planning a fun, interactive program to celebrate all we’ve done during 2020 and share our inspirations for 2021 in break out conversation rooms. WDC’s elves are currently working on our top ten list of favorite cocktail and mocktail recipes to share with you, as well as our favorite women-owned retail businesses to support in 2021.

East Coast Cranberry Mule
Historically known as the Moscow Mule, this cocktail was invented after Prohibition to sell both vodka and ginger beer, and was traditionally served in a copper mug. In Katie’s book, add cranberry to anything and it becomes a holiday drink! You can substitute ginger ale for ginger beer, and any liquor will do. You can also omit the liquor to make a great mocktail.
• 2 ounces cranberry juice (about 2 Tbsp)
• 2 ounces Vodka
• 1/4 cup lime juice
• 3 ounces ginger beer
• Small handful of fresh/frozen cranberries
If you have time, soak the cranberries in the vodka for several hours.
Combine the juices and vodka in a glass with ice.
Fill with ginger beer and cranberries. Garnish with a lime or orange wedge.

West Coast Pomegranate Old Fashioned
This cocktail is a twist on an Old Fashioned featuring pomegranate. In Libby’s book, if you add pomegranate to any cocktail, it not only turns a beautiful crimson but tastes amazing! You can easily make a mocktail without the liquor and more sparkling water.
1+ oz smooth Bourbon or Rye, like Lip Service Rye from Mare Island’s Savage & Cooke Distillery
1 oz Pomegranate Liqueur (optional, as you can always just put in more bourbon!)
½ oz Pomegranate or REAL Grenadine syrup, like BG Reynolds grenadine from Portland
1 oz Fresh orange or lemon juice
A few shakes of orange bitters, like Bar Agricole bitters from San Francisco
Garnish: Bourbon cherry plus lemon or orange peel
Cocktail finishing options
• Place a few ice cubes and all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake wildly
• Pour into a beautiful martini glass or serve over a big cube of ice
• Add sparkling water to finish it off…or not!

Recent WDC Fall Programs

Wednesday December 9 at 1:00 PM ET – WDC Investment Forum – How to structure successful development partnership and investment

This WDC Investment Forum featured a lively and in-depth discussion about how best to structure successful partnerships between developers and investors with seasoned executives representing different perspectives in a development deal–a transaction attorney, a capital partner and residential developer. Beth Pennington, Partner at Pennington, LLP described critical elements of development partnerships, highlighting effective ways to structure development deals that work for all parties. Developer Kim Diamond of KDiamond Consulting moderated the discussion with Beth and Renee McDonnell, Senior Vice President of IHP Capital Partners. Renee discussed deal structure as well as her long standing collaboration with Darlene Carter, President of C.W. Urban of Salt Lake City. This session presented best practices for successfully negotiating and implementing partnerships between investors and developers that capitalize on the unique features of each deal. Stay tuned for Part 2 for a deeper dive on development partnerships that discusses the partnership and capital raise for an infill condominium development, “thePenny” located in one of Salt Lake City’s top emerging neighborhoods

Thursday December 3 at 12:00 PM ET – WDC Developer Forum – COVID: Dark cloud or silver lining for housing?

As if developing housing for the entire spectrum of residents and workers wasn’t hard enough prior to the pandemic, COVID has intensified the need for housing across the United States and Canada. This bi-national panel of developers shared the harsh realities they are facing and how they are working toward innovative housing solutions to develop and preserve affordable, mixed-income and supportive housing in their communities. Susan Connelly, Housing Opportunities Unlimited (Boston) moderated this WDC Developer Forum panel and featured developers Hadley Nelles, New Commons Development (Toronto), Dana Trujillo, Excelerate Housing Group (Los Angeles), and Kim McKay, BRIDGE Housing (Irvine). 

Wednesday November 18 at 12:00 PM ET – WDC Room of Our Own – Reimagining Spaces with Architect Karin Liljegren

The world of design is evolving and rising up to the challenges of a post-COVID19 urban landscape. Karin Liljegren, founder of the LA architecture firm Omgivning and emerging developer of adaptive reuse projects, discussed the findings from Omgivning’s publications on Reimagining Spaces. We explored how design is shifting post-pandemic and reimagined how three space types can be successfully reprogrammed: workplace, retail and multifamily housing. We discussed design strategies for how developers, owners and tenants can find the right balance between indoor and outdoor space and reuse buildings to promote flexibility, adaptability and well-being

Tuesday November 10 at 12:30 PM ET – WDC Project Forum – Advising Molly McCabe, Developer of Kalispell, MT

WDC’s third Project Forum advised WDC developer member, Molly McCabe of Hayden Tanner, who is developing Parkline in Kalispell, Montana. Parkline was conceived to serve as the catalyst for the renewal of the Kalispell Core Area around the former downtown train tracks that are being redeveloped into a new linear park adjacent to Parkline. The proposed development has widespread public support and will redevelop a former 3.8-acre industrial site into a sustainable mixed-use development including office, retail ,maker space, and mixed-income multifamily residential with a net zero emissions target. 

Janet Protas of Conor Commercial Real Estate moderated the experienced panel of advisors: Mary Campbell, Washington University St. Louis, Elizabeth Costello, Pocket Development and Terri Gumula, Sterling National Bank. Each WDC Project Forum is tailored to the specific needs of developer and began with a short presentation by the developer regarding the proposed development and its key challenges, which was followed by panelist questions, advice and actionable direction.

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

WDC collaborated 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.  The following 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 presented:

  • 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

This session was 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. This program was part of the ULI Virtual Fall meeting .

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.

Ash NYC Developer Jen Webber and General Manager Soso Ngin of the Dean Hotel in downtown Providence discussed 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 discussed the strategies they have deployed to sustain existing operations and take advantage of new opportunities, including their recently developed hotel in Baltimore. 

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!)


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.