The WIRE (Women in Real Estate) Club was formed last spring by seniors Ali Petrick and Maddie Fricker, who felt it would be beneficial for women in the UW program studying real estate to come together, network with one another, and learn from professionals. WIRE holds multiple professional events and career panels during the semester, featuring companies such as Wells Fargo, Cushman & Wakefield, Heitman, etc. The student organization also offers social events for members to get to know one another in a casual setting along with a mentorship program between students.
As reflected in their mission statement, the organization is committed to building a community of women who wish to pursue real estate careers and to connect these women with professionals, therefore promoting confidence and success in a male-dominated industry. WIRE organizers aspire to create a sense of community among females in the Real Estate major at UW-Madison and give their members a chance to meet and develop relationships with women in the industry through speaker events and club trips.
Last weekend, WIRE members traveled to Chicago to visit with some of the industry’s leading companies. The young women met with Barings, MetLife, Ernst & Young, and Norcon and had an incredibly positive experience. They engaged with many alumni of the program, including Managing Director at Barings Real Estate Advisors, Pamela Boneham and Senior Analyst and Analyst at Metlife, Megan Clower and Allison Timmerman.
Junior Paige Reimann says that “The WIRE trip to Chicago was a great opportunity to get a chance to learn from women leaders in the industry and to bond with fellow real estate majors from UW. It is an opportunity that will help shape my career as I figure out what aspect of real estate I want to go into. I am looking forward to the trip next year!”