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  • Tuesday, February 06, 2024 at 06:00 PM · $20.00 USD · 61 rsvps
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    Women's Executive Roundtable 2024

    Women in Housing and Finance is pleased to invite you to meet and converse with five impressive women executives in the real estate, housing and finance industries, each representing the following sectors:

    Development:     Takisia L. Whites, Principal, Founder, Urban Impact Capital Partners LLC

    Finance:             Baaba Halm, VP, New York Market, Enterprise Community Partners

    Government:      Annika Lescott-Martinez, CFO & EVP, New York City Housing Authority

    Sustainability:     Bomee Jung, Co-Founder & CEO of Cadence OneFive

    Nonprofit:           Rebecca Zangen, Chief Policy Officer, The Network

    Attendees will rotate among the executives in small groups, participating in intimate 15-minute conversations, each facilitated by a fellow WHF member. The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear the experts’ take on their experiences in housing development in New York, reflections, and ask questions about their professional growth and development.

    Date:                 Tuesday, February 6, 2024

    Time:                6pm – 8pm

    Place:               Nixon Peabody, 55 W 46th St. 24th Floor., New York, NY 10036

    Tickets:            Please buy tickets below. Members $20, Non-Members: $50

    RSVP Deadline:  Wednesday, January 31, 2024

    Thank you to our location sponsor:

    Thank you to our event sponsors: 

  • Friday, December 15, 2023 at 01:00 PM · $10.00 USD · 28 rsvps
    Zoom

    2023 Brownbag 2

    Join us for WHFNY’s second 2023-2024 VIRTUAL Lunch and Learn, which will provide our members an opportunity for professional development.  As we near the end of the year and approach the annual review period, Wendy Perdomo, M.P.A, M.S.Ed, Executive Leadership, Life Coach and Speaker, will share insight and guidance on how you can advocate yourself for a raise or promotion.  Members will also have an opportunity to ask questions in an intimate setting.

    Date:     December 15, 2023       

    Time:     1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.    

    Place:    Virtual - ZOOM link will be provided after registration

    Cost:      $10 – Event is for Members Only

    RSVP:   by December 8, 2023      

  • Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 06:00 PM
    Cancelled: This event has been cancelled.

    Cancelled: Holiday Mixer 2023

    CANCELLED: This event has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict with another event being held on December 12.  We urge you to support the Annual Night at the Museum, instead.

    The Citizens Housing Planning Council is hosting a flagship event, the Annual Night at the Museum, on December 12, 2023.  Please consider supporting CHPC's free event here: https://events.humanitix.com/chpc-s-annual-night-at-the-museum

  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 06:00 PM · $20.00 USD · 55 rsvps
    Adler & Stachenfeld LLP in New York, NY

    2023 Fall Panel

    Many U.S. cities struggle to combat homelessness, and in New York City in particular, the state of homelessness has reached crisis level. With the number of unhoused individuals and families at the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930san influx of nearly 100,000 migrants within the past year, and a struggling shelter system, New York City needs an intervention.  What happens when a city that is legally obligated to provide shelter runs out of shelter?

    Join Women in Housing and Finance’s panel of experts for a discussion regarding New York's homelessness and increasing migrant crisis and explore ways to shore up an overburdened shelter system, including the conversion of under-utilized hotel and office space into affordable housing.

    OUR MODERATOR & PANELISTS:

    Moderated by Kristin Miller, Interim Executive Director, Homeless Services United

    Lymaris Albors, Chief Executive Officer, Acacia Network

    Meghan Smith, Associate Commissioner for Rehousing Operations, NYC Department of Homeless Services

    Paul Woody, Chief Real Estate Officer, Project Renewal

    Thank you to our event sponsor:      JPMorgan Chase

    Thank you to our location sponsor:      Adler & Stachenfeld LLP

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 12:00 PM · $10.00 USD · 30 rsvps
    virtual (zoom link will be provided after RSVP)

    2023 Brownbag 1

    Please join us for Women in Housing and Finance's first 2023-2024 VIRTUAL Lunch and Learn. 

    The Lunch and Learn will provide an opportunity for WHF Members to have an in-depth conversation with Joscelyn Truitt, Vice President of Empowerment at RiseBoro and Sandra Erickson & Danielle Erickson Noak from Erickson Real Estate on some of the strategies being implemented to help residents and property owners manage through the current rental arrears crisis.

    Please note, this event is only for active members of Women in Housing and Finance.  Not a member, but want to attend the event?  Go to this link on our webpage and become a WHF Member today!

  • Monday, September 18, 2023 at 05:30 PM
    Linen Hall in New York, NY

    Fall Happy Hour 2023

    Join Women in Housing and Finance for a Welcome Back Happy Hour to launch our 2023-2024 educational programming year!

    Feel free to drop by at any time between 5:30-7:30pm on September 18!      
    Light appetizers are on us. Cash bar.   
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 04:00 PM · $20.00 USD
    Independence Towers in Brooklyn, NY

    WHF Summer Tour 2023

    Please join WHF for our annual summer tour of Independence Towers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The site is one of nine former public housing developments that converted to Section 8 and experienced substantial and comprehensive upgrades through NYCHA’s PACT program. Please join us to learn more about this impactful affordable housing rehabilitation project, developed by a joint venture team including The Arker Companies, Omni New York LLC, Dabar Development Partners, and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. You can find more information on the project here.

    Date: Thursday, July 13, 2023

    Rain Date: Thursday, July 20, 2023

    Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Happy hour to follow! (Cash bar)

    Place: Independence Towers, 114 Taylor Street, Brooklyn, NY

    Cost: Members - $20; Non-Members - $40

    RSVP Deadline: Thursday, July 6, 2023

    Thank you to our sponsor!

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 06:00 PM
    Hotel Chantelle Rooftop in New York, NY

    2023 WHF Annual Dinner

    On behalf of the Secretary, we invite members to please join us for an evening of food, drink, and great company at WHF’s Annual Member Meeting and Dinner! We’ll celebrate another successful year of programming, relationship building and knowledge sharing - and look forward to the exciting plans for next year. Members will have the opportunity to vote for the upcoming year’s slate for the Board of Directors, and Officers. The nominations will be circulated ahead of the dinner. Please RSVP by May 16th.

    Registration is closed for this event.  

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at 08:30 AM · $60.00 USD

    2023 Annual Keynote Breakfast

    Please join us for our 2023 Annual Keynote Breakfast where we are excited to welcome our Keynote Speaker:

    HUD REGION II REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR

    ALICKA AMPRY-SAMUEL

    As the Regional Administrator, Ms. Ampry-Samuel oversees more than $6 billion in HUD’s programs & activities in NY & NJ. She recently served as an NYC Council member as a Deputy Leader chairing the Public Housing Committee. Prior to that, Ms. Ampry-Samuel served as a senior team member at NYCHA and Chief of Staff in the NYS Assembly.

    Date: March 22, 2023

    Time: 8:30 am – 10:15 am    

    Place: The University Club of New York, 1 West 54th St, New York, NY 10019

    Cost: Members/Students: $60, Non-Members: $75

    RSVP Deadline: March 14, 2023

    Please be advised that The University Club of New York has a dress code.  Jeans and T-shirts are not permitted; business attire is recommended.  Further details regarding the dress code are available at this link.

    Thank you to our Event sponsors:

  • Friday, March 03, 2023 at 12:00 PM · $10.00 USD
    Zoom

    Investing in Yourself and Your Network

    Please join WHFNY for our third 2022-2023 VIRTUAL Lunch and Learn.  The Lunch and Learn will provide an opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with Madelyn Sierra, an executive leadership coach and head of Sierra Executive Advisory.  During this program, Madelyn will lead an interactive session on how to build your personal brand and create a strong network. She will help you identify and articulate your unique value, communicate it effectively, and ensure that your colleagues and contacts appreciate what you bring to the workplace.

    Date: March 3, 2023

    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Place: Virtual - ZOOM link will be provided after registration

    Cost: $10 – Event is for Members Only

    RSVP: by February 23, 2023

  • Tuesday, February 07, 2023 at 06:00 PM · $20.00 USD
    Adler & Stachenfeld LLP in New York, NY

    2023 Women's Executive Roundtable

    Women in Housing and Finance is pleased to invite you to meet and converse with five impressive women executives in the real estate, housing and finance industries, each representing the following sectors:

    Development: Adenah Bayoh, Founder, Foya Development

    Finance: Jessica Bailey, CEO/Co-Founder, Nuveen Green Capital

    Government: Kim Darga, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

    Law: YuhTyng Patka, Esq., Partner, Adler & Stachenfeld LLP

    Nonprofit: Patricia Hernandez, Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing

    Attendees will rotate among the executives in small groups, participating in intimate 15-minute conversations, each facilitated by a fellow WHF member. The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear the experts’ take on their experiences in housing development in New York, reflections, and ask questions about their professional growth and development.

    Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

    Time: 6PM-8PM

    Place: Adler & Stachenfeld LLP, 555 Madison Avenue (b/w E. 55th and 56th St), 6th Floor

    Cost: Non-Members: $40, Members: $20

    RSVP Deadline: February 1, 2023

    Sponsored by: Adler & Stachenfeld LLP   

  • Friday, December 09, 2022 at 12:00 PM · $10.00 USD
    Virtual - ZOOM link will be provided after registration

    WHF Virtual Lunch & Learn: Xenolith Partners and a Case Study on ‘The Rise’

    Please join WHFNY for our second 2022-2023 VIRTUAL Lunch and Learn.  The Lunch and Learn will provide an opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with Terri Belkas-Mitchell, Principal of Xenolith Partners.  Terri will discuss the challenges faced by Xenolith as a WBE developer, and some of the tools the company has used as it relates to access to capital, guarantees, and financing. 

    We will also hear about The RISE – Xenolith’s latest affordable housing development located in Brooklyn, developed in partnership with the Women’s Prison Association and the Brownsville Partnership.

    Date: December 9, 2022    

    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.           

    Place: Virtual - ZOOM link will be provided after registration

    Cost: $10 – Event is for Members Only

    RSVP: by December 7, 2022

  • Thursday, December 01, 2022 at 05:30 PM
    Stitch Bar and Blues

    Holiday Mixer 2022

  • Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 06:00 PM
    Nixon Peabody in New York, NY

    Race to the Closing!

    The height of the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided, yet development of affordable housing continues to face significant budgetary challenges from the long-lasting effect of COVID-19. This includes supply disruptions, increased material costs, reductions in equity pricing, and escalations in interest rates. Join Women in Housing and Finance’s  panel of experts for a discussion that will examine strategies to mitigate cost overages, resources available to close the gap, and innovations to address the challenging market dynamics.

    OUR MODERATOR & PANELISTS:

    Moderated by Louise Carroll, Esq., Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

    Julie Behrens, Vice President of Multifamily Finance, New York State Homes & Community Renewal

    Karen Hu, Executive Vice President and Head of Development, Camber Property Group

    Brandie Moreno, Assistant Vice President, The Community Preservation Corporation

    Nancy Chan, Senior Project Manager, Mega Contracting

    Thank you to our event sponsor: 

    Thank you to our location sponsor:  

  • Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 12:10 PM · $10.00 USD
    Zoom

    Expanding Your Capital Stack Beyond LIHTC

    Please join WHFNY for our first 2022-2023 VIRTUAL lunch and learn! The Lunch and Learn will provide an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with a leader in tax credit financing about utilizing different tax credits to finance community development projects. The presentation by Merrill Hoopengardner will include an overview on NMTC, Historic, Brownfield and Solar tax credits and highlights from Merrill's work demonstrating how these credits are implemented.

    Featuring: Merrill Hoopengardner, President, National Trust Community Investment Corporation

    Date:  Thursday, October 27th, 2022
    Time:  12:10pm to 1:10pm
    Place:  Virtual - ZOOM link will be provided after registration
    Cost:  $10  - Event is for Members Only
    RSVP:  by October 25th, 2022

    This event is limited to 30 attendees, reserve your spot today!

  • Friday, October 14, 2022 at 06:00 PM

    Annual Mentorship Program

    The one-on-one mentoring program is designed to empower talented women leaders in the Affordable Housing Industry achieve their full potential and cultivate a community of thought leaders and influencers.

    Please consider participating as either a Mentor or Mentee.

    Mentor

    • Enhances your leadership and mentoring skills
    • Creates a collaborative learning environment in which you learn from the experience and perspective of your mentee
    • Provides a level of personal satisfaction as you contribute to developing talent and strengthening our field
    • Allows you to give back to the organization by sharing knowledge and expertise
    • Creates a welcoming environment for newcomers to our industry

    Mentee

    • Provides an opportunity to learn from the paired mentor, WHF and Industry sponsored events and programming
    • Creates a structured and supportive environment in which one can:
      • Assess personal strengths and identify opportunities for development
      • Enhancing capabilities for current role and growth for future opportunities
      • Identify objectives, longer term career aspirations and appropriate action plans
      • Expand personal and professional networks

    Date: One meeting per month, between November – May 2023

    Time: Minimum of 1 hour per month

    Place: Virtual / In-Person (your choice)

    Cost: Free

    Please select one of the links below and complete the application questionnaire, which is due on October 14, 2022:

    Mentor application

    Mentee application

  • Monday, September 19, 2022 at 05:30 PM
    Linen Hall in New York, NY

    Welcome Back Happy Hour

    Join Women in Housing and Finance for a Welcome Back Happy Hour to launch our 2022-2023 educational programming year and our newly re-vamped Member Meet Up Program! Light appetizers are on us. Cash bar. Feel free to drop by at any time between 5:30-7:30PM!

    Cash Bar

    COVID-19 vaccination and booster(s) are highly encouraged. COVID protocols may be adjusted, as necessary, to comply with the CDC requirements.

    Thank you to our Happy Hour sponsor:

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 04:00 PM
    Gotham Point in Queens, NY

    WHF Summer Tour: Gotham Point

    WHF is pleased to resume our annual summer outings with an in-person tour of the new Gotham Point development in Long Island City. Please join us to learn more about this transformative mixed-use project, developed by Gotham and RiseBoro Community Partnership in collaboration with NYC HPD and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. More on the project here.

    Date: Wednesday, July 13
    Rain date: Thursday, July 14
    Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
    Happy hour to follow! (Cash bar)
    Place: Gotham Point, 57-28 2nd St, Queens, NY
    Cost: Members: $20; Non-Members: $40; Students: $10
    RSVP Deadline: Thursday, July 7

    Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test within 24 hours is required.

    Registration is now closed.

  • Monday, June 06, 2022 at 06:30 PM
    Hotel Chantelle Rooftop in New York, NY

    2022 Annual Members Meeting

    Please join us for an evening of food, drink, and great company as we celebrate another year of WHF programs and events!  Members will have the opportunity to vote for the upcoming year’s slate of the Board of Directors, and Officers, and reflect on the last year of events.

    Below are the nominees:

    Board of Directors: Leslie Cook, Katelyn Meehan, Sharmi Sobhan, Suzanna Tharian, and Saiydah Walls

    Board of Directors (Second Term): Danielle Ash, Simone Gross, Pam Razo, Jennifer Steinberg

    Vice President of Membership (Second Term): Amy Chandra

    Co-Vice President of Programming: Emily Chen

    Note: Board Directors and Officers are elected to a term of two years with the option to be re-elected for a two-year second term.

    RSVP deadline: Friday, June 3rd, 5 PM

    Registration for this event is now closed.

  • Friday, May 13, 2022 at 12:00 PM
    Zoom

    Virtual Lunch & Learn -- The Ins and Outs of the DOB and the New DOB Now System

    Please join WHFNY for our final quarterly VIRTUAL lunch and learn! The Lunch and Learn will provide an opportunity to have a discussion with a leading building consultant about the recently released Department of Buildings procedures and requisites for filing projects in NYC. The presentation by Mark DeCeglie will include information on the process, milestones and the biggest problems one might encounter utilizing DOB Now.

    Featuring:
    Mark DeCeglie, Vice President, William Vitacco Associates

    Date:  Friday, May 13th, 2022
    Time:  12pm to 1pm
    Place:  Virtual - ZOOM link will be provided after registration
    Cost:  Free  - Event is for Members Only
    RSVP:  by Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

    This event is limited to 20 attendees, reserve your spot today!

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 06:00 PM
    Zoom

    2022 Women's Executive Roundtable

    Women in Housing and Finance is pleased to invite you to meet and converse with six women executives in the following industries:

    Architecture: Satpal Kaur, Founder & Design + Building Science Principal at Satpal
    Development: Elaine Braithwaite, Senior Director, L+M Development Partners, Inc.
    Finance: Page Travelstead, Managing Director, Wells Fargo
    Government: Ruth Moreira, Executive Vice President of Development, New York City Housing Development Corporation
    Law: Christine A. Coletta, Partner, Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP
    Nonprofit: Nicole Clare, Chief Real Estate Development Officer, BRC

    Attendees will rotate between the executives in small groups, participating in intimate 15-minute conversations and Q&A sessions. The event will feature dynamic video introductions and provide attendees with the opportunity to hear the expert’s take on their experiences in housing development in New York, reflections, and ask questions about their professional growth and development.

    RSVP Deadline: March 25, 2022

    Registration is closed for this event.

  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    Panel: Supporting Emerging MWBE Developers

    Join Women in Housing and Finance for our upcoming panel: Supporting Emerging MWBE Developers, exploring capital sources and other resources for emerging women- and minority-owned developers.

    We’ll hear from developers about their experiences breaking into the real estate development field, as well as from capital providers about the resources they are offering for emerging women and minority-owned developers, and what gaps remain that must be addressed for MWBE developers to thrive in this competitive industry. This event will be virtually hosted by the Community Preservation Corporation.

    OUR MODERATOR & PANELISTS:

    Moderated by Raquel Vazquez, CEO, The Empowered Block

    Melissa Bindra, Principal, Vaya Development

    Vogue Jackson, Director of Development, JP Design

    Sara Myerson, Managing Director, MSquared

    Wilhelmena Norman-Hernandez, Manager of Community Impact – ACCESS, Community Preservation Corporation

    The Community Preservation Corporation WebEx webinar link provided on registration.

    RSVP Deadline: March 7, 2022

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

  • Friday, March 04, 2022 at 12:00 PM
    Zoom

    Virtual Lunch & Learn -- Insurance

    Please join WHFNY for our third quarterly VIRTUAL lunch and learn! The Lunch and Learn will provide an opportunity to have an intimate discussion on insurance as a critical component of risk management in affordable housing development, the key types of coverage for a project, and the role of the insurance broker, with the chance to ask questions of our expert presenter.

    Featuring:
    Cherita Perry, Vice President, Insurance Risk Management, National Equity Fund

    Date:  Friday, March 4, 2022
    Time:  12pm to 1pm
    Place:  Virtual - ZOOM link will be provided after registration
    Cost:  Free  - Event is for Members Only
    RSVP:  by Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    This event is limited to 20 attendees, reserve your spot today!

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 01:00 PM
    Zoom

    2022 Annual Keynote Speaker Event

    Please join us for our Annual Keynote Speaker Event with keynote speaker Denise Scott

    President of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and longtime leader in both local and national affordable housing and community development.

    Live event to be held remotely via Zoom. Zoom link will be provided after registration.

    RSVP deadline: February 14, 2022

  • Friday, December 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Zoom

    Virtual Lunch & Learn -- Affordable Housing Finance Guaranties

    Please join WHFNY for our second quarterly VIRTUAL lunch and learn!  The Lunch and Learn will provide an opportunity to have an intimate discussion on identifying typical guaranty obligations required for affordable housing financing, the lender’s perspective and analyses on the guaranty requirements, with the chance to ask questions and receive answers from the presenters.

    Featuring:
    Niki Tsismenakis, Partner, Goldstein Hall PLLC
    Sharmi Sobhan, Executive Director, Community Development Banking, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

    Date:  Friday, December 17, 2021
    Time:  12pm to 1pm
    Place:  Virtual - ZOOM link will be provided after registration
    Cost:  Free  - Event is for Members Only
    RSVP:  by Monday, December 13, 2021

    This event is limited to 20 attendees, reserve your spot today!