WDC Online Launch – Spring/Summer 2020

May 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm ET – August 31, 2020 @ 1:00 pm ET

While we regret not spending time together in Toronto, we’re excited to launch “WDC online.” We look forward to your participation and feedback as we will evolve future programs based on your input. As going online is new to us, apologies in advance for our “construction dust” as we learn how to build our online collaborative, and please keep your eyes out for future emails. Please click here to see our WDC online program archive.

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.


A special thanks to Avison Young for hosting our Zoom program on WDC Online.

Many thanks again to everyone who made WDC’s Inaugural Online Program so inspiring!

Please click here to see our WDC online program archive.

  • The COVID pandemic is disrupting how we think about design and all the physical spaces where we live, work and gather. On August 12, Katie Faulkner (Boston) and Rebecca Martinez (Los Angeles) led an insightful conversation about design disruptions, which leveraged the varied experiences, perspectives, and geographies of our members through real-time surveys and commentary.
  • On July 29, we had a wonderful conversation with developer Charmaine Curtis who discussed how she sources, structures and develops complex urban infill projects that have transformed the Bay Area’s urban landscape. Charmaine has developed pioneering sites to build community, provide thousands of beautiful homes for a broad spectrum of residents and demonstrate that Black women developers can build financially successful and inspiring projects.
  • On July 16, we held our third Interactive salon on creative placemaking to promote equity and build community with Juanita Hardy of Tiger Management Consulting. Creative placemaking—combining art and culture in tandem with good design– not only creates a unique sense of place but fosters healthy, culturally rich, and economically thriving places for all of us.
  • On June 25, we held our second Project Forum where developer Pegy Brimhall received expert advice from our experienced panel on her San Antonio development– Paige Meuller of Eigen10 Advisors, Sarah Barnat of Barnat Development and Mary Hager of Thackeray Partners.
  • On June 18, we held our second interactive Room of Our Own on healthcare, and many thanks to Mary Beth Kuzmanovich of Lillibridge and WDC Member Emma Littlejohn for their insights. 
  • On June 11, we heard first hand how an all-woman Toronto development team has collaborated in unique ways to thoughtfully design the Reina condominium development. Taya Cook (Urban Capital), who spearheads this project, Emily Reisman (Urban Strategies), Fung Lee (PMA Landscape Architects), and Heather Rolleston (Quadrangle Architects) discussed their journey to create this family-friendly project with moderator Renée Gomes of First Gulf. Hats off to the Reina team!
  • On June 4, we had a wonderful conversation with Eve Picker about how she started and has grown her development company, how her crowd funding platform, Small Change, has funded woman-led developments like hers across the US, and how her latest development venture is transforming design thinking in Melbourne, Australia. 
  • On May 27, we held our inaugural Dreams of Our Own program on the silver lining of COVID-19 for climate change with an insightful presentation by Amy Erixon of Avison Young on global trends for a greener world and economy. 
  • On May 21, we held our inaugural Room of Our Own program where we discussed how COVID-19 is affecting our communities and each of us, what we are each doing to make a difference, and how WDC can help us and our communities to successfully navigate through these challenging times.