SOLD OUT ULI Cleveland International Women's Day Summit


2023-03-08T13:30:00 - 2023-03-08T18:00:00

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    Thompson Hine LLP Will open in a new window 3900 Key Center Cleveland, OH 44114-1216 UNITED STATES


    Pricing Members Non-Members
    Private $75.00 $100.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $75.00 $100.00
    Retired $75.00 N/A
    Student FREE FREE
    Under Age 35 $60.00 $80.00

    Bringing together leaders from across Northeast Ohio, the ULI Cleveland Women's Day Summit will deliver programming and professional development designed to connect ULI members, land use and real estate professionals, and students with best and next practices for equity in leadership and land use.  

    Taking place in-person at Thompson Hine LLP, the 2023 Summit will explore the past, present, and future of the ULI Cleveland Women's Leadership Initiative. The Summit will kickoff with the Advance Your Career Lunch specifically designed for students and young professionals. Following the lunch, the program will open up to ULI members and non-members alike who share an interest in the built environment and the real estate industry’s role in shaping the future of our cities. 


    11:30-12:00 pm Key Insights to Advance Your Career Lunch Registration (only open to students and young leaders)

    12:00-1:30 pm Key Insights to Advance Your Career Lunch 

    • Moderator: Debbie Berry, SVP Major Projects and Real Estate Development at Greater Cleveland Partnership 
    • Panelist: Amy Whitacre, Vice President, National Business Development at First American Title National Commercial Services
    • Panelist: Robyn Minter Smyers, Executive Committee Member & Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
    • Panelist: Stephanie Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens 
    The lunch portion of the program is open to students and young leaders (under 35) only. Hear from a panel of real estate experts and connect one on one with senior female leaders who will be strategically placed at tables and will serve as table facilitators who will lead networking and a guided conversation for attendees to connect with and learn from. Registration for the Advance Your Career Lunch is included within the Summit registration and is free for students and young leaders (under 35). If only attending the lunch and not the summit, a separate registration is available online here. Registration for students is free and $30 Members/$40 Non-Members for Young Leaders (under 35).

    1:30-2:15 pm General Registration

    • Free headshots 
    • Networking
    • Small Breakout Conversations  

    2:30-3:30 pm Erica Merritt, MA, CDP, BCC Founder and Principal Consultant, Equius Group 

    Bring Your Own Shoes: Lead Like No One Else
    There is no one size fits all leadership style, yet leaders can often be found attempting to contort themselves into someone else's leadership mold. Even after achieving a certain level of success, many leaders still wonder if they truly deserve to be in their position or if they are "doing it right". During this session we will explore so called "imposter syndrome" and strategies to combat it along with supporting participants to tap into their own authentic approaches to leadership. 
    3:30-3:45 pm Break
    • Complimentary headshots 
    • Networking 

    4:00-5:00 pm Panel Conversation, Women in Action: Stories from the frontline of the Van Aken District Phase II

    • Mackenzie Makepeace, Development Director at The Max Collaborative
    • Laura Englehart, Director of Economic Development, City of Shaker Heights
    • Joyce Braverman, Planning Director, City of Shaker Heights
    • Keri Ash, Senior Project Executive at Gilbane Building Company

    5:00-5:15 pm ULI Member Acknowledgement & Program Wrap Up 

    5:15-6:00 pm Happy Hour/Networking at Thompson Hine LLP 

    Invitation required: special invitation dinner offsite following this event.  

    Sponsorship Opportunities Available 
    To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Women's Leadership Initiative program, we are delighted to highlight these accomplishments and amplify the ongoing efforts by women and allies to gain further ground in having women’s voices be heard. Join us in acknowledging the commitment and contributions of these leaders this International Women’s Day and year-round by sponsoring this event! Learn more about Sponsorship Opportunities online here. 
    Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI)

    The mission of the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative is to raise the visibility and number of women leaders in ULI and the real estate industry. This includes promoting the advancement of women throughout their careers and increasing the number who serve in leadership positions. The Women’s Leadership Initiative offers a range of events from informal opportunities to network to professional development and learning programs. 

    Thompson Hine LLP 3900 Key Center Cleveland, OH 44114-1216 UNITED STATES

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    Erica Merritt

    Founder & Principal Consultant, Equius Group

    Clients describe Equius Group Founder, Erica Merritt, as a gifted facilitator, skilled coach and stellar leadership and organizational development expert. A Gestalt-trained professional, Erica has extensive experience leading and designing organizational development initiatives, designing and facilitating leadership programs and navigating complex environments. She expertly moves through environments ranging from community rooms to classrooms to board rooms. As a trusted consultant and coach, she builds capacity in leaders to grow personally, develop professionally and transform organizations. By skillfully creating space to explore challenging and new dialogue, Erica allows for heightened self-awareness and experimentation with new behaviors that lead to powerful breakthroughs. Erica is a valued partner in her client’s growth and success who is equipped with an inclusion mindset, equity lens and powerful set of expertise. Erica holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Public Relations from Ursuline College and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology with a certification in Diversity Management (NTL) from Cleveland State University. She also holds coaching certifications from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the Center for Credentialing Education. Erica’s professional experience includes: Equius Group, Founder & Principal Consultant Lead Facilitator & Co-Founder, PRISM: Racial Equity Leadership Laboratory Lead Coach, Neighborhood Leadership Development Program Director, Culture & Strategy, Cleveland Metropolitan School District Associate Director of Leadership and Inclusion Initiatives, YWCA Greater Cleveland Director of Organizational Development and Learning, Case Western Reserve University Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Case Western Reserve University As an engaged community member, Erica serves as Co-Chair of Board Engagement for the Cleveland International Film Festival and is a sustaining member of The Junior League of Cleveland. *Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) *Board Certified Coach (BCC)


    Mackenzie Makepeace

    Director of Mixed-Use Development, Digeronimo Companies

    Mackenzie Makepeace is the development director at The Max Collaborative, a commercial real estate company owned and operated by members of the Max Ratner family. In her role Mackenzie is responsible for leading development projects, setting company design standards and managing the group’s procurement strategy. Previously Mackenzie was the director of strategic initiatives and market research for Forest City Realty Trust, a publicly traded, national real estate developer and owner/operator with more than $8 billion in assets. Mackenzie has worked with members of the Ratner family for over 10 years between her roles at Forest City and now with The Max Collaborative. In her role at Forest City, she led the company’s market research group and its enterprise risk management. Mackenzie also worked with company leadership in the strategic planning process and implementation of the company’s strategic plan. In a previous role she helped build the company’s procurement department, focused on strategic sourcing of material and services across different regions and functional groups. Mackenzie earned her B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University. She is a co-chair of YLG/NEXT for The Urban Land Institute – Americas, a vice chair of ULI’s Commercial Retail Development Council (Blue Flight), and a member of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative steering committee. She is also a board member of Vibrant NEO and was a founding board member of The Circle, The Cleveland Orchestra’s young professionals’ organization. Mackenzie, her husband, and their daughter live in Shaker Heights, Ohio.


    Stephanie Dorsey

    Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Real Estate

    Name: Stephanie W. Dorsey Title: Vice President, Global Real Estate Stephanie Dorsey is vice president, global real estate, for Eaton. In her role, Dorsey is responsible for formulating Eaton’s global real estate strategy, overseeing the company’s $2.5B real estate portfolio and leading real estate transaction management, as well as, overseeing Eaton Center facility management. Dorsey partners closely with senior leaders from both operations and corporate teams to drive implementation of the global real estate strategy. Bringing her real estate expertise and change management leadership, Dorsey is evolving the role of real estate in achieving Eaton’s business objectives. Before joining Eaton in 2019, Dorsey spent 14 years at Forest City where she held several roles, with the most recent position as executive vice president, strategic initiatives and corporate operations, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. In her role, Dorsey oversaw all of Forest City’s shared services for Information Technology, Strategic Initiatives, Market Research, Corporate Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Procurement, and Accounts Payable. Joining Forest City in 2006, Dorsey previously served as a development associate for Forest City’s East Coast commercial projects, responsible for the management of project teams, development construction and transition to operations. Her involvement in the company’s long-term planning efforts led to the creation of a new role, director of Strategic Initiatives, which she assumed in 2011. Prior to joining Forest City, Dorsey worked with a major regional bank as well as a large residential real estate transaction firm. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and an MBA from the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University. Dorsey, who was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of the publication’s “40 Under 40,” embraces Eaton’s core values and is an active member of the community, having served as past president of the Junior League of Cleveland. Dorsey is a member of Leadership Cleveland Class of 2017 and serves as a board member for The Kluber Family Foundation. Dorsey is a resident of Avon Lake where she lives with her husband Tim and their 11-year old twins, Lily and Finn.

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