In addition to managing approximately $450 million of annual investment activity for the acquisition and development of community-oriented shopping centers, Katie Bucklew has developed and managed a series of innovative programs that foster economic growth in those same communities.
For the past four years, Bucklew has managed the Retail Challenge, a competition for budding retail entrepreneurs that has awarded $130,000 in prize money, by coordinating with more than 33 universities to identify applicants as well as overseeing a team of 60 Edens employees who serve as mentors.
She has also focused a great deal of her time and efforts on women entrepreneurs, including developing and running the Annual Sunday Supper to benefit the James Beard Foundation and the Executive Education Program for Women in the Culinary Industry, which specifically targets female chefs to give them the education and tools needed to launch their first restaurant or to expand their current business into a second concept.
Bucklew was active with the ULI Young Leaders Mentorship Program in Washington, D.C., and sits on the subcommittee of the Women’s Leadership Initiative.
“Some of the best minds out there doing creative retail concepts are women, and I’ve been able to focus a great deal of my time and efforts on women entrepreneurs, and to really bring some of that mentorship to the ULI Mentorship Program for Young Leaders and the Women’s Leadership Initiative,” she says.