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RECAP: Innovation: Steps to Surviving the Speed of Change

Anticipating needs of the community for the built environment requires vision and innovation to develop, plan, create and manage. Keith Denham, Managing Principal, National Director — CohnReznick Advisory Group,  led a discussion around thinking two to three steps ahead. Some thoughts around innovation: Define your customer. Spend wisely – invest in innovations that benefit your customer base. Approach innovation in small bites. Innovation leads to value creation. Value creation leads to revenue growth and increased margins. Keith was joined by Jennifer Stanton, Retail Advisory Services, Emily Crandall, JLL, Alyson Craig, UNC Charlotte Childress … Read More

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Member Profile: Elizabeth McMillan

In the 14 years ULI member Elizabeth McMillan has been with Charlotte-based Crescent Communities, her focus has largely been on commercial projects across the Carolinas. Since 2014, Elizabeth has served as the firm’s director of development, charged with overseeing every aspect of the development process across an array of retail, office and industrial projects. One of the most challenging and rewarding projects Elizabeth has participated in is the development of Charlotte’s Tryon Place, a mixed-use development that broke ground in 2017. She says the best parts of her job are … Read More

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Innovation: Steps to Surviving the Speed of Change

When you look at any business that is as capital intensive and has large holdings or even large leased operations as real estate, you have to consider how you will get two to three steps ahead of the fast-changing competitive landscape that we have today. Anticipating needs of the community for the built environment requires vision and innovation to develop, plan, create and manage. Keith Denham, Managing Principal, National Director – CohnReznick Advisory Group will lead a conversation around thinking two steps ahead.  Learn to balance the often conflicting needs that result … Read More

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WLI Career Development: Women, Wisdom and Wine

This event will be a member-led book discussion on You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.   In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word. The author takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career and general all around awesomeness you so desire. By the end of You Are a Badass, you will understand why you are … Read More

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2017 Fall Meeting WLI Prologis Scholarship

Since 2012, the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative has awarded scholarships to women members to participate in the Fall Meeting. These scholarships are awarded in recognition of a member’s contributions to ULI and demonstrated commitment to real estate and land use issues. Learn more and apply here.

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RECAP: Elevating Women to the Next Level

At a ULI Charlotte Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) lunch on September 20, 2016, women professionals gathered to discuss how we can help elevate other women.  A panel moderated by Amy Chiou of Queen City Forward, included:  Sue White, Donovan; Dionne Nelson, Laurel Street Partners; Debra Campbell, City of Charlotte; and Denise Dexter, JLL.  Four women whose first jobs were an ice scream scooper, drug store cashier, babysitter and yogurt store supervisor ended up as powerful women in the commercial real estate industry. How did they get there? The overarching theme … Read More

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RECAP:  WLI Discusses Affordable Housing

On August 11, women ULI members gathered to discuss affordable housing and the realities in the Charlotte market.  Beginning with a review of The New Yorker article titled Forced Out, Pam Wideman, Deputy Director of Neighborhood and Business Services, lead a discussion of the shocking circumstances for families in our community.  Some of the general discussions included: The City of Charlotte estimates there are 34,000 affordable housing units are needed in community today. Some of our community has a fear of affordable housing in their neighborhood.  There is a misconception that … Read More

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WLI Fall Symposium: Elevating Women to the Next Level

At this women-only event (open to members and nonmembers), we will discuss how do we best empower each other to succeed?  Is there a difference between a mentor and a sponsor?  Or is individual pursuit the best route?  How are women earning top leadership roles and what are they doing for the next-in-line?  Join WLI for a panel discussion on traditional and non-traditional approaches to advancing women’s roles, responsibilities, and achievements in the workplace. Panelists: Sue White – Donathan Properties Denise Dexter – JLL Debra Campbell – City of Charlotte … Read More

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2017 CREW Leadership Program

CREW Charlotte and KPMG have partnered to develop a leadership program for CREW female members and other professional women in our community.  Becoming an Authentic Leader, facilitated by Sharon Reed – Global Girls Project, will begin in January 2017 and conclude in October 2017. There are eight sessions and each focused on one of the ATHENA leadership principles and also draws from the experience of CREW Atlanta’s Leadership Program.  I have attached a flyer with more details about the program and have included the link for the online application for … Read More

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Community Building during Habitat’s Women’s Build

A special thank you to the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) participants as we endured hot temperatures installing trim work, building fences, and preparing a house during the Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Annual Women’s Build on June 16, 2016:  Lauren Anderson, Chanda Brantley, Cathy Demmitt, Erin Gillespie, Joselyn Harriger, Mo Hoffman, Krista Hunter, Theresa Salmen, Danielle Bleier, Chanda Brantley, Alice Endres, Joselyn Harriger, Frances Johnson, Julie Lowe, Nicole Niemann, Victoria Scifo, and Jennifer Stanton.  We were honored to work side-by-side with the homeowner LaToya, as well as other future homeowners.  … Read More

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