About WHF Events

Each year, WHF puts on over a dozen events designed to respond to members' interests. Events range from panels to tours, large luncheons to small brown bags, parties to professional skill workshops. Events are held mornings, lunch hours and evenings.

Our programs feature state and local elected and appointed officials, financial institution executives, community-based and private real estate developers, and architects and planners, among others. We provide substantive programming with a unique view to an issue or idea. While we welcome both women and men, we make an effort to showcase women who are doing interesting work and providing access to mentors across generations and experience levels for women.

We strive to create a sense of intimacy and access at our events, without a sense of exclusivity. Members readily engage with other members and with guest speakers.


Our events change from year-to-year although we always have a mix of types of events. Below is the list of events from 2015-2016 as an example of typical programming. To see upcoming events, please visit our Events Blog or sign up for our mailing list by emailing info@whf-ny.org.

  • Quarterly Happy Hour 
    Pound & Pence in FiDi.
    November 2015

  • Lunch and Learn: New Markets Tax Credits and EB-5
    This brown bag lunch included Ashley Dills, Senior VP at united Fund Advisors, facilitating a dialogue about these non-traditional finance tools. Members-only.
    November 2015 
  • Panel/Tour: Broadway Housing Communities Mixed Use Sugar Hill Project
    Tour and discussion of this newly opened affordable housing, educational and cultural arts mixed-used development.
    November 2015

  • Housing and Finance Holiday Mixer
    Ring in the holiday season with this fete hosted by board members of four prominent housing boards in NYC including WHF, NSAFAH 2G, NY YLC, ANHD
    December 2015

  • Tour: Monadnock Micro Units
    The Carmel Place Development contains 55 units, almost 40% of which are affordable with 8 set aside for veterans. This tour is taking place near the end of construction, before units are occupied. Members-only.
    February 2016

  • Panel/Workshop: Women Executives Roundtable
    Attendees rotate between the executives in small groups, participating in intimate 15 minute conversations and Q&A sessions. Executives include:
    Architecture/Engineering: Kate Ascher, Partner, Burohappold & Columbia University
    Finance/Banking: Joan Tally, Executive Director Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley
    For-Profit Development: Bonnie Campbell, Managing Director, Two Trees
    State Government: Marian Zucker, President of the Office of Finance and Develoment, NYS HCR
    City Government: Paula Roy Carethers, Executive Vice President of Real Estate, NYC HDC
    Law: Aviva Yakren, Partner, Jones Day
    Community Development: Judi Kende, Vice President & Market Leader (NY), Enterprise Community Partners
    February 2016

  • Quarterly Happy Hour
    The Malt House in FiDi. 
    March 2016
  • Panel: “If we all want more housing, why is ZQA and MIH so controversial?”
    Moderator: Deborah VanAmerongen, Strategic Policy Advisor, NixonPeabody
    Panelist: Claire HIlger, Director, Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development Corporation
    Panelist: Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
    Panelist: Anne Ketterer, Architect, Jonathan Marvel Architects
    March 2016
  • Keynote Luncheon: Shola Olatoye, Chair & CEO, NYCHA
    April 2016

  • Professional Workshop: “The Politics of Promotion” with Bonnie Marcus
    Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., is a contributing writer for Forbes and Business Insider.
    April 2016

  • Annual Members’ Dinner
    During this members-only event, we recap the year’s programming, hold board elections, conduct general membership business and connect with colleagues. Dinner is seated and we play musical chairs for dessert. Members-only.
    May 2016
  • Quarterly Happy Hour
    The Ainsworth in Chelsea.
    June 2016 
  • Tour: Pacific Park – Brooklyn’s Newest Neighborhood
    Pacific Park Brooklyn is a new 15-building, multiuse development from Greenland Forest City Partners. Over 6,000 units (both affordable and market rate) will be spread out over 22 acres, designed by world class architects such as CookFox, SHoP, Marvel Architects and KPF. The WHF tour includes both an affordable and a market-rate tower. Hard hats are provided. Cash happy hour follows.
    September 2017