ULI Northwest: Breaking Through - Career Advice for Young Leaders in Tough Times


Thursday, July 9th, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT




Pricing Members Non-Members
All Types FREE $15.00
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Join us for a cross-city panel to hear advice and experiences about navigating an economic downturn. For many YLG members, this is the first downturn of their career and recent graduates are entering a world of uncertainty. What did the last downturn look like and how did it impact the building industry? How can we position ourselves to weather this interruption and come out even stronger? Hear perspectives from those who experienced 2008 as young leaders themselves at that time, and hear about their lessons learned and takeaways from weathering that economic cycle.
Deva Hasson | Principal & Investment Director, Heartland
Michi Slick | Director of Development, Killian Pacific
Ben Smith | President, Kinsman Marketing Partners
Jacqueline Gruber | Director of Built Environment, Downtown Seattle Association 
Thursday, July 9
12 - 1 PM
Registration Fees
FREE for ULI Members
$15 for Non-Members



Jacqueline Gruber

Director of Built Environment, Downtown Seattle Association

Jacqueline Gruber is the Director of Built Environment for the Downtown Seattle Association. She works with public and private stakeholders to balance the functional needs of a growing downtown with the careful art of hospitality, placemaking, and community. She spends her time collaborating on public policy, real estate, urban design, and transportation policy to keep downtown economically vibrant and inviting to all. A dedicated urbanist, she gets her inspiration by traveling to other cities to partake in adventures such as riding transit during rush hour, frequenting local markets, and lingering in pocket parks. Her curiosity has taken her to the cities of 30 countries and counting. Jacqueline holds a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She is a Fellow of the University of Washington Runstad Department of Real Estate and a Fellow of the International Downtown Association Emerging Leaders program. In 2019, she received the Connect Seattle Commercial Real Estate Next Generation Award.


Ben Smith

President, Kinsman Marketing Partners

After over a decade in executive client side & agency roles, overseeing the sales and marketing of billions of dollars in transactions, Ben Smith started Kinsman Marketing Partners as a response to a need for trusted strategic advice to lead and grow businesses through intense project launches or corporate change and growth stages. Kinsman Marketing Partners is a strategic MARKETING firm focussed on partnering with clients and suppliers in an holistic approach to Price, Product, Place, Promotion, and Persona developing and executing creative and rationale strategies that achieve defined business objectives. As profit focussed marketers the results of our approach are proven to minimize risks of market rejection while maximizing rewards from market acceptance.


Deva Hasson

Principal & Investment Director, Heartland LLC

As a Principal and Investment Director, Deva leverages her experience in corporate and real estate strategic planning, financial/market analysis, investment and real estate development to assist organizations in defining and realizing their objectives. Within both public and private advisory work, she has a particular emphasis on capitalization strategy and implementation. She also leads Heartland’s investment opportunities. Prior to joining Heartland, Deva lived in Japan, as well as worked at a San Francisco Bay Area-based affordable housing developer and at Fannie Mae’s Bay Area Partnership Office. Deva received her MBA, Honors degree with a concentration in Real Estate and Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts, Highest Distinction, in History and Urban Planning from University of California, Berkeley. Deva currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Bellwether Housing Board of Directors. She is an alumni of Leadership Tomorrow and has been a long-term volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, having completed four global village builds around the world.


Michi Slick

Director of Development, Killian Pacific, LLC

As Director of Development, Michi  oversees  the  development  of all Killian Pacific’s  projects  and acquisitions . Michi is a member of the firm’s Executive Leadership Team and Investment Committee.  She sits on the Oregon Smart Growth and Greater Portland Inc.  boards and is a member of the CREW Portland Economic Forecast Breakfast Committee and the ULI Portland NEXT Committee. Before moving to Portland, Michi spent eight years with Tishman Speyer in New York, Washington, DC, and Shanghai, and spent several years prior with architecture firms in New York and Los Angeles. Michi received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.