2015 WLI Prologis Scholarship Program Winners
August 18, 2015
The ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative is delighted to announce the recipients of the WLI Prologis Scholarship Program in connection with ULI’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco on October 5-8, 2015.
We are pleased to announce our partnership with Prologis for this prestigious program. Senior women at Prologis created the grassroots group Breakthrough that supports the retention of women and identifies and removes barriers to advancement for Prologis across the globe. Breakthrough’s goals resonate with those of WLI in that Breakthrough strives to create a work environment where women feel connected and empowered, while creating a business culture that offers opportunities for success and recognizes the value of a gender-diverse workforce.
The Scholarship program includes a complimentary registration to the Fall Meeting as well as up to $2,000 in travel expenses. At the Meeting, recipients will be hosted by senior WLI members at a Product Council as well as at all WLI branded Meeting events. Following the Fall Meeting, ULI will post major takeaways from each recipient’s experience.
Having many outstanding applications, the WLI Selection Committee announced the ten outstanding recipients of the Fall Meeting scholarship:
Tracey Ferguson, ULI Sacramento. Tracey is an Assistant Project Manager with The New Home Company’s (NWHM) Forward Planning Team in Northern California. She holds a B.A. in Geography from California State University, Sacramento and has completed Master’s coursework with the Geography and Planning Department from California State University, Chico. View Fall Meeting essay.
Vanessa Muscara, ULI United Kingdom. Vanessa joined M&G Real Estate in 2014, as a Senior Research Analyst, focusing on European markets. Her responsibilities include the production of forecasts and strategy for M&G Real Estate’s funds, research publications and also bespoke research projects. She has an MEng in European Civil Engineering at the University of Warwick and an MSc in European Property Development & Planning at University College London. The latter course included a work placement at IPD France in Paris. View Fall Meeting essay.
Kristin Olson, ULI Atlanta. Kristin is the Real Estate and Asset Manager at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Her broad real estate background includes asset management, development, acquisitions and dispositions, valuation, feasibility and strategy across most product types and major U.S. markets. Kristin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Management) and a Master of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Florida. View Fall Meeting essay.
Alysia Osborne, ULI Charlotte. Alysia Osborne is a Planning Coordinator in the Long-Range Planning Division for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department which provides planning services for the City of Charlotte and the unincorporated areas of Mecklenburg County. Alysia has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from Tougaloo College and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Environment/Land Use Law from Jackson State University. View Fall Meeting essay.
Lauren Sanders, ULI New York. Lauren is an Acquisitions and Development Associate for Zeckendorf Development, LLC in New York, NY. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University, and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business. View Fall Meeting essay.
Kristine Smale, ULI Southwest Florida. Kristine is a Senior Consultant with John Burns Real Estate Consulting in Fort Myers, Florida. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa with majors in Finance and Marketing and a minor in English. View Fall Meeting essay.
Cyndi Thomas, Cyndi leads the Asset Management team at Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners in Denver, Colorado, overseeing management, financial performance and business strategy of the company’s 5 million square foot portfolio. She has extensive experience in real estate acquisitions, financing, restructurings, and asset management at an institutional and entrepreneurial level. Ms. Thomas is a LEED Green Associate and an active member of ULI Colorado. Cyndi received a BBA, Real Estate & Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA / MS Finance from the University of Colorado. View Fall Meeting essay.
Pam Thompson, ULI North Texas. Pam is an economic development analyst for the Office of Economic Development at the City of Dallas. She holds a B. A. in English and an M.A. in Teaching from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. View Fall Meeting essay.
Amanda Tropiano, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire. Amanda is a Senior Associate at PlaceWorks, a California consulting firm that serves public- and private-sector clients in the fields of comprehensive planning, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental analysis and sciences, and GIS. Amanda holds a BA in Urban Studies and Planning and a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UC Irvine. View Fall Meeting essay.
Elizabeth Wendell, ULI Los Angeles. Elizabeth is a senior designer and licensed architect for Gensler in Los Angeles, CA. Specializing in arts and culture, institutional, and mixed-use buildings, she has contributed to the design of many buildings over the course of her career – notably the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Emerson College Los Angeles Center, and Denver International Airport expansion. She holds a master in Architecture from University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Visual Arts and Computer Science from Bowdoin College. View Fall Meeting essay.