WDC 2023 Archive


WDC Toronto at the start of ULI Spring Meeting

Main Program, May 15, 2023

Program began next to Union Station at KG&A with an inspiring panel of Toronto women developers followed by a tour through downtown Toronto and finished with a reception at Urban Strategies.

Pre-Program, May 14, 2023

Tour of Toronto’s historic downtown eastside featuring women-led developments began at Bousfields followed by 6 PM dinner at Terroni Adelaide with conversations about transformative development and investment in Canada and US.


Planting Seeds: How crowdfunding, micro-loans and philanthropy are catalyzing developments

April 25, 2023

WDC’s Investment Forum showcased how predevelopment funding is planting seeds to support the growth of women developers. Our dynamic panel described how micro-loans, philanthropy, crowdfunding, and women investors are helping to fund transformative developments across the country. The program featured Karen Burton and Jill Ferrari, co-founders of WSDI and 100 Women in CRE, which provide support, resources and micro-loans to female developers in Michigan, Kathleen Minogue who founded Crowdfund Better, the nation’s leading crowdfunding education organization, and Xiomara Cisneros who oversees housing programs, grants and investments for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.


Room of Our Own: Disruptive Innovators Propelling Housing Forward

March 2, 2023

We joined these dynamic innovators who are disrupting the housing industry and discussed how they are deploying technology to reduce our carbon footprint and make housing faster, cheaper and easier to construct. Katherine (Katie) Faulkner showcaseed how her company, Highland Park Technologies, is developing a cost-effective, exterior panel that provides a deep energy retrofit for low-rise multifamily residential buildings. Meea Kang of Related California discussed how she is deploying modular construction by Factory OS to build 248 apartments south of Lake Tahoe in California. Dafna Kaplan demonstrated how her construction technology company, Cassette, is simplifying construction 1000 homes at a time through modular system engineering and deployment. Kate McGee, Principal of KM Planning Strategy, moderated the program.


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Investment Forums: Organizing Investment Club of Accredited Investors
& Organizing Investor Collaborative
January 11, 2023
January 17, 2023

Organizational and strategy meetings where we initiated the formation and implementation of two types of investment clubs

  • Investment Club of Accredited Investors– A formal organizational structure that would enable a group of accredited investors to evaluate opportunities and invest either as individual investors or as a group of investors in women-led developments
  • Investor Collaborative (mix of investors)— Informal educational club focused on crowd funding opportunities and individual investments in women-led developments by WDC members who are non-accredited and accredited investors.