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Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative

Program Context

Goldie B. Wolfe Miller has achieved success in commercial real estate in the Chicago region and has functioned as a role model for other women in the industry. One of her goals in life remains to increase the resources available to women to make further advances in the field of commercial real estate.

Women are significantly underrepresented in the real estate development industry, particularly in positions that reflect levels of leadership. CREW, the national association of commercial real estate women, conducted a national survey in 2005 described as the commercial real estate industry’s first comprehensive look at the women in the industry. On September 30, 2005, their summary news release of that survey reported that women comprise 36 percent of professionals in the commercial estate industry and “at comparable levels of experience, significantly more men achieve senior level positions than women.” Data and findings from that study can be viewed at:

Program Background

The mission of the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative is to promote women in the commercial real estate industry to achieve leadership positions. By educating, encouraging, and supporting women in this industry, the goal is to prepare them for senior leadership roles in all sectors of commercial real estate. This initiative incorporates scholarships, mentorship and networking which will be open to women in all facets of the real estate industry.

Graduates from this program will receive a real estate graduate degree from Roosevelt University, Chicago School of Real Estate in the Walter E. Heller College of Business.

In addition, graduates from the program will receive a special certificate designating them as graduates of the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative.

Participant Requirements

Candidate Target Qualifications

To qualify for a scholarship or other financial assistance, applicants must provide the following completed information:

Candidates will be required to have a Bachelor degree awarded from an accredited United States college or university along with the following:

  • 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 academic scale,
  • a minimum of three years work experience in the commercial real estate industry or other relevant work experience in the real estate industry

It is highly recommended that all Goldie Scholar applicants should take the GMAT or GRE and those test results should be included with the application. The test results will be considered as criteria for admission with the GPA, written essay, and interview.  Applicants who take the GMAT or GRE and are accepted as Goldie Scholars will be eligible for reimbursement for the test fee.

Program Participation Requirements

Candidates accepted into the program will be required to maintain an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better for each academic year, be continuously registered in one of the real estate degree programs, including one summer course per academic year, participate in the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Forum Lecture Series and take four non-credit professional development and technical training workshops in addition to the required degree courses.

Program Participants will receive:

  • Scholarship Assistance for Two Years
  • Mentoring Opportunities
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Career Support and Development

For more information on the program and sponsorship opportunities contact:
Jon B. DeVries at 312.281.3358 or