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A Preview of Women In Real Estate's Spring Semester

Posted By Paige Riemann, Thursday, February 20, 2020




Women in Real Estate (WIRE), a student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, begins the second semester of what will be their third year at UW. WIRE was founded by alumni, Ali Petrick (BBA 2019) and Maddie Fricker (BBA 2019) with the goal of creating a community of women interested in the commercial real estate industry by hosting professional development, networking, and social opportunities for their members. Now, three years later, WIRE is excited to continue what Petrick and Fricker started with a semester packed with interesting speakers and field trips. 


After a successful welcome event where WIRE introduced themselves to incoming members, WIRE will have the opportunity to hear from Jack Price during the second meeting of the semester. Price is a broker from Cushman & Wakefield | Boerke with over thirty years of experience. He will share his knowledge of the industry and give attendees a look at the life of a broker. Later in the semester, Kristen Fish-Peterson, Principal and CEO at Redevelopment Resources and an Associate at Key Commercial Real Estate, will visit WIRE. This will be a unique opportunity for WIRE members to hear from a community impact consulting firm that focuses on transforming communities into destinations for businesses and visitors.  


The group is excited to assist in conducting a diversity panel event on Thursday, April 2nd. The event will be the first ever crossover event with the Real Estate Club (REC). Many WIRE members are in both student organizations, however, this is the first event that the two organizations have teamed up to coordinate.    


WIRE is also looking forward to its annual spring trip to Chicago to meet with several real estate employers. On Thursday, April 23, they will meet with JLL and Wells Fargo. Afterwards they will have dinner with recent WIRE alumni who have relocated to Chicago. They hope that this dinner will become a new WIRE tradition that will help the group remain connected to their past members. 


The following day, the group will meet with Allstate in the morning. Here former WIRE VP of Professional Activities, Claire Lommen (BBA 2019) will speak to the group about her career since graduating from UW-Madison. The group will then go to Heitman, where former WIRE President and current Organizational Analyst Director, Annie Trucco (BBA 2020), has accepted a full-time position. In the past, the spring Chicago trip has been an incredible opportunity for WIRE members to meet women in the industry and visit potential employers, so they are excited for the opportunity the 2020 trip will bring. 


WIRE has continued to make social events a priority, as one of its top goals is to foster friendships and a community between its members that will last through their careers. Social events planned for this semester are attending a yoga class, studying socials, and a dinner at the end of the semester.


WIRE is looking forward to another semester of fulfilling their mission, and they are grateful for all the incredible support from the real estate program, the Real Estate Club, WREAA, and the employers who are taking the time to meet with WIRE this semester. 

This semester, WIRE is led by an executive board comprised of Paige Riemann (BBA 2020), Nicole Steinmetz (BBA 2021), Annie Trucco (BBA 2020), Ava Wisniewski (BBA 2023), Sophie Stricker (BBA 2020), Sarah Kelly (BBA 2022), Lauren Mudlaff (BBA 2022), and Lilly Deprey (BBA 2022). The WIRE advisors are Genie Trewyn, Assistant Director of the Graaskamp Center, and Lee Gottschalk, the Outreach Director of the Graaskamp Center. For more information, please visit the WIRE website at
https://www.womeninrealestateuw.com/. To contact WIRE, please email the President, Paige Riemann, at womeninrealestate.uw@gmail.com.

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