2017 WLI Prologis Scholarship Program Winners
December 19, 2017
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 Los Angeles, California on October 23-26, 2017.
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:
Salem Afeworki, LEED GA, ENV SP, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire. Salem is the Founder and Program Director of Value Sustainability, a leading provider of advisory services in sustainable business practices, climate change and community engagement headquartered in Orange County, California. She is responsible for the company’s integrated strategy to deliver customer solutions to meet their sustainability challenges and operate in a way that advances environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic success. Applying her corporate and consulting experience to her client’s sustainability priorities, she challenges her clients to set increasingly higher sustainability targets that grow their business and make a positive impact in society.
Kathleen Diohep, ULI San Francisco. Kathleen recently joined the University of California, San Francisco as a Senior Real Estate Officer bringing her over 20 years of experience in public/private partnerships to the mission of securing real estate for the campus and medical center. In prior roles with the City of Vallejo, Port of San Francisco and Presidio Trust, she had pivotal role in the real estate transactions for Mare Island, Pier 70, and early projects at the Presidio Trust. Kathleen’s projects as a real estate consultant include land leases to support the Giants Ballpark, business plan for NASA Ames as a multi-user real estate project, and tax increment analysis of the UCSF hospital impacts on the Mission Bay project. View Fall Meeting essay.
Mariah Weyland Gratz, ULI Kentucky. Mariah Gratz, the CEO of Weyland Ventures, works to bring new life to urban communities by revitalizing the built environment. She believes in creating distinct urban projects that combine office space, residential units, restaurants, shops, event space, entertainment venues, and urban park space to form dynamic 24-hour, mixed-use neighborhoods full of character, stories, and vibrancy. Mariah has been with Weyland Ventures since 2009, and last year became CEO of the Louisville-based urban real estate development and management company. She holds degrees in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London, England. She completed her MBA in August 2016 at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. View Fall Meeting essay.
Allison Gray, ULI St. Louis. Allison is the Director of Research at Colliers International. Allison performs economic and statistical analysis for the St. Louis commercial real estate market. This includes quarterly research of the office and industrial markets for comprehensive market reports, maintenance of a lease/sale comparables database, and numerous occupier/landlord report production. Allison is a proud St. Louis City resident and enjoys that her work at both Colliers and ULI allows her to impact her city in a positive way. Allison has been an active member of ULI and is currently a member of the Programs Committee and the Women’s Leadership Initiative. Most recently, she organized the “Why Every Neighborhood Needs a Brewery” program which highlighted the growth of the craft brewery industry and its impact on the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout St. Louis. Allison holds a Master of Economics and Finance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. View Fall Meeting essay.
Vivian Kwok, ULI Toronto. Vivian is the Director, Asset and Client Services, Mortgage Operations at Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services group providing customers with forward-thinking solutions for their most important financial decisions since 1887. Vivian directs a staff of 13 and is responsible for overseeing the operational activities and practices of Manulife’s commercial mortgage servicing area. Vivian was formerly an Associate at KingSett Capital Inc. where she acted as the subject matter expert on various commercial mortgages activates, including loan administration, funding and compliance. Vivian is actively participating in ULI Toronto Women’s Leadership Initiative and is the Chair of ULI Toronto WLI Communications Team. Vivian is a lifetime volunteer currently servicing as mentor under ULI Toronto District Council Mentorship Program and is one of the 2016 ULI Toronto District Council WLI Champions. Vivian holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Geography from the University of Toronto. View Fall Meeting essay.
Amy Malloy, ULI Arizona. Amy is Senior Development Manager, Retail, Evergreen. Amy Malloy joined Evergreen in April of 2016 and manages retail development and redevelopment projects throughout Arizona, California, and Colorado. Prior to Evergreen, Amy was Assistant Vice President of Development at Macerich. During her almost ten years at Macerich, she managed projects throughout the Scottsdale-Phoenix Metropolitan Area, in Southern Arizona and in Northern Arizona, specifically concentrating on the entitlement and redevelopment/development of Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland Commons, Biltmore Fashion Park, and Arrowhead Towne Center. Prior to joining Macerich, Malloy served as the Business Advocate in the Economic Development department for the City of Apache Junction, AZ. In Apache Junction, she managed the downtown redevelopment efforts, spearheaded the city’s master planning efforts for 12 square miles of state land, and initiated a regional Economic Development Task Force. View Fall Meeting essay.
Caitlin Moriarty, Ph.D., ULI New York. Caitlin is the Director of Architectural History at Preservation Studios, an historic preservation consulting firm located in Buffalo, New York, that specializes in historic tax credit projects. Over the past six years, she has written dozens of National Register nominations and Part 1 applications establishing the significance of buildings and complexes undergoing rehabilitation. Caitlin leads the UrbanPlan program in Western New York and is a member of the local Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee. She previously served on the Programming and Marketing Committees. Caitlin holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where her research focused on neighborhood identity, and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University. View Fall Meeting essay.
Jessica Newhouse, ULI Houston. Jessica Newhouse founded Curve Real Estate after fifteen years of working in various corners of commercial real estate. She has a successful track record of working with executive leadership to optimize asset and enterprise value by identifying organizational needs and implementing solutions. Her efforts have led to increased and improved deal activity, operating and capital cost savings for portfolio holdings, and decreased overhead expenses. She is able to execute on operational changes while balancing the intricacies of change management among the organizations’ employees and stakeholders. Ms. Newhouse received her Bachelors of Economics from Texas A&M University in College Station, and her MBA from Rice University in Houston.
Birgit Werner, ULI Switzerland. Birgit is an experienced real estate developer for complex site and property developments in Switzerland, Germany and international markets, skilled in managing political, strategic and commercial issues. She is a valued advisor with strong skills and considerable experience in every segment of the property market throughout the value chain. Birgit is an accomplished leader with a proven track record in developing high-performance teams and employee talent, in settings ranging from small boutiques to substantial national firms
Corey Zehngebot, AIA, AICP, ULI Boston. Corey works as a Senior Urban Designer and Architect for the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority). There, she works assiduously across scales, but most enjoys connecting her many interest-dots across agencies, sectors, and people. Primary responsibilities include a) conceptualizing, leading, and managing urban design initiatives and design guidelines b) conducting design review for downtown and neighborhood projects as part of compliance with Boston Zoning code, and c) assistance with the design, substance, and management of planning initiatives and studies throughout Boston. She received a B.A. with distinction from Yale University, and a Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. View Fall Meeting essay.