WDC Online 2021

Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 8 PM ET - WDC St. Paddy's Green Cocktail Party (please click here to register via Eventbrite)

We hope you can join us for WDC’s second Cocktail Party, where we will celebrate the green in St. Paddy’s Day! WDC's selkies are currently working on our creative program to celebrate women who are greening our world with green buildings, green design and green cocktails! We will hear how Lisa Protter is greening the world with her company, Organic Nectars, which has won the Fancy Food Show’s GOLD award for Outstanding Organic Product of the Year among other industry honors. Lisa will share two margarita cocktail recipes that feature hand crafted ingredients made by Organic Nectars in small batches, inspired by her company motto- Better for you and the planet. We look forward to toasting the start of Spring and building our support network in 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 1 PM ET - WDC Room of Our Own - Retail with Downtown Works and Flora and Henri (please click here to register via Eventbrite)

Retail was already undergoing dramatic change before Covid-19, but the pandemic has further disrupted our retail landscape and changed the way many retailers are doing business. This Room of Our Own will feature three creative retail professionals with proven success in curating retail experiences that draw customers, keep them engaged and are charming places to visit. Midge McCauley and Kelly Kost of Downtown Works are at the forefront of the urban retail industry, drawing on their deep experience from working with developers and retailers across the nation to successfully transform downtown retail environments. Jane Hedreen is the owner of flora and henri, which has beautiful retail stores in Seattle WA and Larkspur CA that offer a breathtaking collection of unique, sought after and inspired creations for children, women, home and gifts. Please join us for this provocative conversation about how to succeed in our ever-changing retail environment.If you would like to network prior to the program please log-on at 12:45 PM to participate in our WDC salon. 

Recent WDC 2021 Programs

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12 PM ET, The Time for Modular Construction featuring Dafna Kaplan of Cassette (Los Angeles) and Naomi Porat of Factory OS (Vallejo, former Naval Shipyard on Mare Island)

Is now the time? Prefabricated, off-site construction is not a new concept, but it is attracting a surge of interest and investment as construction costs and schedules become increasingly unpredictable, certainly exacerbated by Covid. According to a 2019 McKinsey report, recent modular projects have “established a solid track record of accelerating project timelines by 20 to 50%,” and there is significant promise of cost savings.  Dafna and Naomi are seasoned construction professionals and founders of modular start-ups, each with a different approach to prefabrication. We discussed the benefits of modular construction, as well as addressed some of the obstacles including financing and design.  Modular has tremendous potential to reduce waste and a project’s carbon footprint, but the construction industry has been slow to embrace it.  This WDC panel was moderated by Katie Faulkner of West Faulkner (Boston) and coordinated by Rebecca Martinez of Omgivning  (LA).

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1 PM ET - Investment Forum Continues - Deeper Dive: How to Structure Successful Development Partnerships and Investments

Developer Kim Diamond  of Harvest Properties moderated a discussion with experts on all sides of development deals– Attorney Beth Pennington (Pennington LLP), Investor Renee McDonnell  IHP Capital Partners) and Developer Darlene Carter (C.W. Urban). Beth described effective ways to structure development deals that work for all parties and provide fair compensation. Building on their collaborations over many years, Renee and Darlene shared how they have recently partnered on a cutting edge, infill condominium development, “thePenny” located in one of Salt Lake City’s top emerging neighborhoods. Darlene and Renee discussed best practices for successfully negotiating and implementing partnerships that capitalize on the unique features and economics of each deal. Audience members walked away with a deeper understanding of the essential ingredients needed to create positive, long-term development partnerships.

Friday, March 5, 2021 at 1 PM ET - WDC In Conversation - Urban Development and Creative Placemaking

As President of Urban Atlantic Development, Vicki Davis has managed the development and investment of billions of dollars in real estate projects throughout the US. Currently, Urban Atlantic is transforming the 65-acre Water Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland into a new 3.1 million square foot mixed income community incorporating housing, commercial, medical, educational, arts, cultural and recreation uses. Vicki shared her insights into the urban development, asset management and investment process and talking about the importance of creative placemaking in conversation with Juanita Hardy of Tiger Management Consulting Group who co-authored the ULI publication: Creative Placemaking- Sparking Development with Arts and Culture. Vicki and Urban Atlantic discussed how they delivered value for its partners and neighbors by developing vibrant, inclusive, mixed-use and mixed-income urban communities.

Save The Date!

  • 1 PM ET, Thursday, April 8, 2021 WDC Room of Our Own: Retail with Downtown Works and Flora and Henri
  • 8PM ET, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 WDC St. Paddy's Green Cocktail Party

Past Events:

  • 1 PM ET, Friday, March 5, 2021 WDC In Conversation with Developer: Vicki Davis of Urban Atlantic and Juanita Hardy, Tiger Management Consulting Group
  • 1 PM ET, Tuesday, February 9, 2021 WDC Investment Forum Part 2: How to structure successful development partnerships and investments
  • 12 PM ET, Thursday, January 21, 2021 WDC - The Time for Modular Construction Featuring Dafna Kaplan of Cassette and Naomi Porat of Factory OS