2016-2017 Committees

Membership Committee

Laura Rapaport, L&L Holding Company
Rachel Loeb, World Wide Group New York

The Membership Committee identifies potential new members, processes applications for membership, integrates new members into the organization, and hosts various events and gatherings for new and existing members to get to know one another.


Scholars Program Committee

Wanda Chin, The Community Preservation Corporation
Maria Kastanis, People’s United Bank
Barbara Flusk, Citco

The Scholars Program Committee establishes Scholars criteria and works with universities with dedicated real estate programs to identify candidates to become WX Scholars. The committee establishes eligibility criteria for both Scholars designation and scholarship awards, reviews applications, interviews candidates, and selects recipients. Learn more about the Scholars Program.


Mentoring Committee

Sonia Bain, Bryan Cave LLP
Lola Bellini, Wafra Investment Advisory Group, Inc.

WX Scholars are eligible to participate in the Mentoring Program for two years. The Mentoring Committee recruits mentors from the WX membership, matches mentees to Scholars each year, and plans both networking events and substantive programming for the mentees and their mentors throughout the year. Learn more about the Mentoring Program.


Gala Committee

Pat Hauserman, Tishman Construction Corporation and AECOM Company

The Gala Committee plans the Annual Woman of the Year Gala, WX’s principal fundraising event that supports the WX Scholars and Mentoring Programs, as well as other philanthropic and community involvement initiatives. Learn more about the WX Woman of the Year.


Program Committee

Elise Wagner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Beth Zafonte, Akerman LLP

The Program Committee organizes WX’s monthly breakfasts and evening events open to members, WX Scholars and invited guests. Speakers and panelists discuss timely and relevant real estate related topics. Learn more about Programming.


Networking & Special Events Committee

Allyson Martin, HUB International Northeast
Jean Marie Apruzzese, DRA Advisors LLC

The Networking and Special Events Committee plans the members-only annual welcome back reception, holiday event, year-end reception and summer outing, as well as other networking events for the WX members. Learn more about Programming.


Communications Committee

Paula Schaefer, Clarion Partners
Ellen Kendall, Rutgers University – Center for Real Estate Studies

The Communications Committee develops WX internal and external communications, including the WX website, to keep members informed of WX events and initiatives, and to increase the visibility of the organization.