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Three Graaskamp Center MBA Students recognized as Goldie Scholars

By Wisconsin School of Business

September 27, 2021

Elevating Extraordinary Women Leaders: Advancing the Commercial Real Estate Industry with buildings in the background

We are proud to announce that three Real Estate MBA students have been recognized as Goldie Scholars for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please join us in congratulating Margeaux Wysockey (MBA ’23), Aishwarya Leen (MBA ’22) and Liz Trautz (MBA ’22) on their outstanding achievement.

The Goldie initiative was founded by Goldie B. Wolfe Miller in 2007 to prepare the next generation of women in the real estate industry to be successful leaders in their field. Founder Goldie Miller was the former owner of the largest female-owned commercial real estate firm. Her firm closed approximately $3 billion in commercial real estate deals during her time there. Miller is making an impact on the future of women in the real estate world, one that is primarily run by men.

As Goldie Scholars, Wysockey, Lee and Trautz received scholarships, exclusive networking opportunism and participation in a mentoring program with various industry leaders. These three women continue a steady string of Wisconsin School of Business MBA Real Estate students who have been part of the Goldie Scholars roster through the years.

​“I couldn’t be more grateful to have been chosen for this scholarship, as the mentorship and financial assistance are both so impactful,” Wysockey exclaimed. “The previous recipients and mentors have made the industry and opportunities so accessible, and for someone like me who’s a career “pivoted,” it truly means the world to have their help during business school. I am excited to have them alongside both my academic and professional journey.”

These three women are each one of 25 women recognized in the 2021-2022 class of Goldie Scholars. The initiative accepts applications from 13 schools across the Midwest and has several requirements for application. In order to apply, these women needed to be in excellent academic standing as well as demonstrate intensive work in the field outside the classroom. In addition, they had to submit essays, letters of recommendation and participate in a personal interview.

The Graaskamp Center has a long history of supporting women real estate.  On the undergraduate front, approximately 25% of real estate majors in the Wisconsin School of Business are women. To meet that level of interest, the Woman in Real Estate club was formed and today has close to 100 members. Additionally, the 2021 fall semester will mark the first time that two women are leading the Real Estate Club as co-presidents.