In its third year, the Women in Real Estate (WIRE) student organization is off to a great start this semester. After recruiting many new members at the student orgs fairs, WIRE hosted a kickoff meeting, which included some fun and intriguing team building exercises. Returning and new members were also introduced to WIRE’s goals and values as a community of women interested in learning more about career paths in the real estate industry. WIRE was founded in 2018 by three students from UW-Madison who wanted to create a club focused on empowering women within the real estate industry. Through both professional and social events, members can create meaningful relationships with fellow members and real estate professionals.
Due to the global pandemic, members have not been meeting in person so WIRE is placing a greater emphasis on its mentorship program. This program matches an underclass-member with an upperclass-member each semester to learn from each other and make connections with other women in the Wisconsin Real Estate Program throughout the academic year and beyond.
In addition to ramping up the mentorship program, WIRE has also hosted multiple virtual professional events which has allowed to connect with companies throughout the country. The first virtual event was hosted by Black Creek Group (BCG), a leading real estate investment management firm headquartered in Denver with eight regional offices across North America. The Black Creed team talked the importance of a positive work culture and discussed their portfolio of industrial and office properties.
Another recent event was focused featured Dominium, a leading Minneapolis-based apartment owner and developer of affordable housing. The Dominium team informed WIRE members that there has been a large increase in affordable housing sales since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic so the company is in a growth phase. In addition, members learned how the ongoing pandemic and presidential election might impact their real estate sector.
WIRE’s mission is to build a community of women that have a passion for real estate and to connect these women with professionals, therefore promoting confidence and success in a male-dominated industry. If you are interested in joining WIRE or have any questions, please email email@example.com.