ULI Austin - WLI Market Exchange: Curated Conversations with ULI Washington DC


Thursday, February 20th, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm CST
This event is open to female ULI Members Only. $70 Per Person (registration includes dinner, catered by Peached Tortilla)
As part of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, women from ULI Washington DC have organized a trip to Austin.  On Thursday, February 20th women from both Washington DC and Austin have an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue around industry trends and issues.
An Evening of Curated Conversations
Curated Conversations aims to create a one-of-a-kind experience to engage in meaningful dialogue around industry trends and issues. As a nod to the historic speakeasy, the night will include curated conversations intended to provoke thought and capture new ideas. The breakout table discussions will include approximately 10 women per table and conversations will be led by two discussion leaders, one from the visiting Washington DC market and one from Austin. Registration includes dinner, catered by Peached Tortilla.
The Riveter – 1145 W. 5th Street 
6:00pm – 6:35pm          Open Networking
6:35pm – 6:45pm          WLI Leadership Introduction/Welcome
6:45pm – 8:00pm          Breakout Sessions

Topics for Breakout Sessions
Equity & Debt Financing & Creative Financing Strategies
Co-facilitated by: Patricia Earnest, Chief Investment Officer, Roadside LLC; Terese Everson, Director, Focus Strategies Investment Banking
What financing alternatives are available and how do they make sense for financing your projects? The conversation will delve into conventional joint venture equity, debt strategies as well as the availability and applicability of EB-5 funds, New Market Tax Credits, Opportunity Zone Credits, and credit tenant lease financing.  Discussing case studies to highlight how various strategies have combined to make development projects feasible and successful investments. How can these finance products enhance the value of your projects?
From High Achiever to Great Leader
Co-facilitated by: Julie Smith, Chief Administrative Office, Bozzuto; Laura Beuerlein, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Heritage Title
Are you the smart, ambitious, go-go getter  who has risen through the ranks and consistently hitting and exceeding expectations? If you are ready for/about to move to the next level of moving from Rockstar team player to being a Stellar team leader, this conversation will be a deep dive into strategies and tips on how to ensure that the strengths and skills that propelled your forward continue to be assets while at the same time developing the skills and abilities that all Great leaders possess. Whether you are working within a larger company or expanding your own venture, this conversation will explore both the incredible highs and real lows of being a leader and provide actionable guidance for all.
Technological Innovation Finally Makes its Way to CRE
Co-facilitated by: Theresa Sheils, Principal and Managing Director, Gensler; Jenell Moffett, Director of Research & Analysis, Downtown Austin Alliance
Innovation and disruption through technology has been a common occurrence in other industries like finance for years, while real estate has continued to operate on gut feelings and intuition.  Commercial real estate has finally gotten the tech world’s attention (and then some) and there are hundreds of new platforms and services to navigate.  How will you adopt technological innovation in CRE?  And what are the most impactful trends?
Retail: Are Bricks & Sticks Still Relevant?
Co-facilitated by: Krista Dilaconi, SVP of MidAtlantic and Northeast, Regency Centers; Julie Wilsey, Cassco Development Company
With retail development and finance as a backdrop, the conversation will explore the role physical space plays in today’s commerce landscape. Retailers and restaurants are pushing the boundaries of omni-channel marketing and maximizing the use of their space in an 18-hour day.  Landlords are structuring more creative deals and developing new revenue streams from areas traditionally viewed as cost centers. We will explore several examples of the new normal in retail’s physical footprint, and share a dialogue about what the future may hold.
Is Talking about the Glass Ceiling a Help or a Hindrance to Breaking it?
Co-facilitated by: Wendy White, Director, Goulston & Storrs; Jennifer Cook Purcell, Senior Attorney, DLA Piper
The discussion will revolve around where women are now in the commercial real estate industry in term of achieving equality and whether talking about gender equality issues, and using terms like “Glass Ceiling”, is a help or a hindrance in achieving our goals.