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March 20, 2008


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There are ladies that lunch, and then there ladies that lunch for a cause.   Yesterday, we joined the latter for DC Commercial Real Estate Women’s monthly series featuring keynoter Marion Wright Edelman. The founder of the Children’s Defense Fund captivated the audience of 200 with staggering facts about the level of poverty right here in DC. Her mile-a-minute speech left audience members floored—and invigorated to make a change.


Marion, right, joins event organizer Tasha Stancill of Monument Realty.  The daughter of a Baptist minister, Marion said that service to the community was as much a part of her young life as going to school.   After graduating from Spelman College and Yale Law, she became the first black woman to practice law in Mississippi.  In 1973 she started CDF, now in its 35th year, which has raised billions in corporate grants and individual donations.  Marion talked about the “cradle to prison pipeline” and CDF’s mission to end the funneling of young Americans, mostly minorities, into wrong life choices that lead to incarceration.  She said she’s not surprised so many children are in jail because state governments in America spend an average of three times more on state prisons than on public schools. 


LandAmerica Commercial Services’ Sally Webb, JBG’s Kathleen Webb, CREW DC president Helen Haerle of Quadrangle Corp, CREW president-elect Jeanne LaBelle of LandAmerica, and LandAm’s Joanne Leong.  Jeanne said Marion’s speech reminded her of the feeling she had as a young woman in the late 60s and early 70s: that “anything was possible and that individuals really could, and should, make a difference.”   


Marsh USA’s Kathy Barlow, DLA Piper’s Betsy Karmin, and WDG Architecture’s Beth Ring. Betsy has been making a difference through her pro bono work for Dinner for Homeless Women.  Beth’s been making a change of a different sort—she just bought a house in Alexandria and says her life is now consumed with unpacking.


WDG Architecture’s Bonnie Flippin, Brookfield Properties’ Jill Dockins and Liz Jenkins, and Greenman-Pedersen, Inc’s Winona Leaman.  Jill told us Brookfield is busy finishing up the redevelopment of 1225 Connecticut Ave and their brand new 77 K Street building.  Bonnie’s working on the interior of Opus East’s new property at 100 M Street in SE.  She just returned from NYC where she was wowed by James Earl Joness performance in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.


Group Goetz Architects’ Jillian Bates, Beth Cockerham, Bryna Anderson, independent consultant Jennifer Lindsay, GGA’s Tamasha Barnes, and VOA Associates’ Linda Watts.  Jillian is going on a cruise, but not your typical, sit-on-the-deck-drinking-margaritas variety.  She’s flying to Seattle to join up with the crew of the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier on which she’ll join a friend as passenger for a week. Fair winds and following seas . . . .

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