ULI Baltimore: WLI 7th Dinner Series


2022-09-22T17:30:00 - 2022-09-22T20:00:00

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    The Engineers Club 11 West Mount Vernon Place Baltimore, MD 21201 UNITED STATES


    Pricing Members Non-Members
    All Types $125.00 $170.00

    WLI Dinner Series: Celebrating 10 Years of ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative

    Join fellow members of the design and real estate industry to celebrate and reflect on 10 years of WLI.

    In support of (ULI Americas president) Gwyneth Jones Cote’s dedication to “ensuring women’s voices are not only heard but regarded for their expertise” WLI Baltimore has engaged in a 10-month campaign to highlight local female stories and achievements. Throughout 2022 the WLI committee has interviewed and showcased the pioneering women in of ULI Baltimore.

    This year’s dinner will take a unique approach, featuring these women through multiple panels of quick question and answer sessions highlighting their experience as mentors, leaders, and advocates of diversity in the industry. 

    This popular annual event has been a highlight of Baltimore’s WLI committee for 7 years. Please join us for this celebratory evening of food and friends…looking forward to the stories and achievements of the next 10 years and beyond.



    Cecily Bedwell

    Principal, Design Collective, Inc.

    A Certified Planner and LEED Building Design + Construction Accredited Professional, Ms. Bedwell has spent the past 24 years at Design Collective focusing on large-scale planning, campus master planning, and urban design and revitalization projects in the firm’s Urban Design Studio. As Principal, she oversees and manages the firm’s complex planning projects involving market and economic, traffic and transportation, environmental and public relations consultants. She has been instrumental in the master planning process for diverse urban, housing, campus and mixed-use projects, developing the urban and architectural design guidelines for nearly all of Design Collective’s large, mixed-use master plan projects. Ms. Bedwell has been involved in a broad range of participatory planning projects including workshops and design charrettes. She is exceptionally skilled at collaborating with municipalities and institutions within a public process for planning and urban design, developing appropriate and contextual master plans, concept plans, and design guidelines. She has worked closely with municipalities in revising their zoning regulations; preparing overlay zoning ordinances and Transit-Oriented Development language; and administering design guidelines for counties, cities, and private developers. Additionally, Ms. Bedwell was appointed by the County Executive to serve on the Baltimore County Design Review Panel. A proponent of the principles of urbanism, Ms. Bedwell has presented nationally and locally to developers, community groups, and public officials, advocating the benefits of sustainable, mixed-use development. She brings to each of her projects an understanding of the benefits of pedestrian- and transit-friendly design, the advantages of integrating uses and building types, and the importance of an engaging public process. Ms. Bedwell began her architectural career at the town planning firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. She received her master’s degree in architecture from the University of Maryland and her bachelor’s degree in architectural history from Syracuse University.


    Priscilla Carroll

    Partner, Bowie & Jensen, LLC

    Priscilla Carroll is a partner with Bowie & Jensen, LLC, a boutique business law firm located in Towson, Maryland. She focuses her practice in commercial real estate. Her real estate practice covers all aspects of commercial real estate law and development, including acquisitions and dispositions, project entitlements, public-private partnerships, entity formation, site development, construction matters, creative project financing, loan workouts and acquisition of distressed assets, and leasing. Before joining Bowie & Jensen, Priscilla was General Counsel to Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse (SBER), a prominent Baltimore based real estate firm, where she also served as Senior Development Director for SBER projects in Durham, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to her tenure at SBER, Priscilla headed the Real Estate section of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, practicing commercial real estate and finance law there for more than 25 years. In private practice, Priscilla represented numerous developers, as well as governmental agencies in overseeing real estate acquisition and development and in structuring tax exempt financing. Some of the public clients included the University of Maryland System, the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority, the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and UMBC Research Park. The public-private partnerships for which she was responsible engaged in Transit Oriented Development, private development of academic facilities and dormitories mixed used developments, urban infill, industrial expansions as well as tax exempt financing of office buildings. Priscilla is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has been named Leading Baltimore Business Lawyer by Chambers USA as well as Top 25 Women Lawyers and Super Lawyers in Baltimore. Priscilla serves on the Boards of Preservation Maryland, the American Red Cross-Central Maryland, the American Visionary Arts Museum, Urban Land Institute-Baltimore, and The Johns Hopkins University Graduate Real Estate Program. Priscilla was educated at Johns Hopkins University and the University Of Maryland School Of Law.


    Magda Westerhout

    Vice President, Moseley Architects

    Dedicated to socially viable projects and urban revitalization, Magda has over 30 years of experience in affordable housing, mixed income housing, and mixed-use projects for a variety of clients. She has successfully designed numerous housing projects ranging from high-rise towers to neo-traditional neighborhoods. Projects under her direction include seven projects for Catholic Charities as well as Stadium Place, and Burgess Mill Station. Two of her recently-completed affordable housing projects, Mulberry at Park and North Barclay Green 3, were honored with ULI Baltimore Wavemaker Awards. In 2017, Magda was named the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition’s Person of the Year.


    Sonia Huntley

    Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Urban Land Institute

    Sonia Huntley is an association industry veteran with nearly 30 years membership engagement, marketing, fundraising and customer service experience. Most recently she served as the Urban Land Institute’s Vice President for Global Customer Service where she was responsible for the deployment of global support across ULI’s three regions. In this role she led a high performing team who consistently exceeds service level targets including a 90% CSAT responsible for nearly 70,000 customer interactions annually. In 2020, she began co-leading ULI’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative where she managed the efforts of the DEI staff taskforce of 70+ ULI team members. She also currently serves on the partnership working group for the DEI Council. Previously, Sonia worked for the Division of University Relations at the University of Maryland where she was Director of Membership and Marketing for the Alumni Association. At the University of Maryland she developed strategies leading to increased retention rates, 45% growth in membership, and executed the launch of the associations’ lifetime member recognition wall. During her tenure at the University she also worked for the Annual Fund where she served at the Director of Emerging Constituent Philanthropy responsible for DEI focused philanthropic engagement. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Maryland Global Campus.


    Ellen Klasson

    Managing Director, RCLCO

    Ellen is a Managing Director at RCLCO, where she leads executive search assignments for senior members of real estate teams in companies across the country. Ellen has a deep knowledge of real estate development and neighborhood revitalization, and she is driven by identifying and developing leaders who will positively impact cities. Ellen most recently was Managing Director at Terra Search Partners, where she consulted with real estate companies and identified people to lead them. Previously, she served as Senior Director of the Leadership Network at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, DC. In this role, Ellen oversaw the leadership initiatives for the organization’s 40,000 members worldwide. Prior to joining ULI, Ellen co-directed CohnReznick’s Real Estate Development Advisory practice in Atlanta, analyzing real estate opportunities for developers and municipalities. She was formerly Vice President of Economic Development at Central Atlanta Progress, where she managed the architecture, content, and exhibit design for the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Ellen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emory University and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech.

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