Dinner Committee

Chair: Sara Queen, Brookfield Properties

The dinner committee plans the Annual Woman of the Year Gala. The annual dinner is WX’s principal fundraising event that supports the WX Scholars Program and Mentoring Program as well as other WX philanthropic and community involvement initiatives.


Membership Committee

Co-chairs: Laura Rapaport, L&L Holding Company

Beth Zafonte, Akerman LLP 

The membership committee identifies potential new members and processes applications for membership, including scheduling interviews, etc. The membership committee is also responsible for integrating the new members into the organization and hosting breakfasts or other intimate gatherings in order for the members to get to know one another.


Mentoring Committee

Co-chairs:  Sonia Bain, Bryan Cave LLP

Lola Bellini, Wafra Investment Advisory Group, Inc.

The goal of the WX mentoring program is to promote the advancement of women in the real estate professions, by introducing mentees to career opportunities and female leaders in various real estate fields, through formal programs and formal and informal mentoring, and by using the knowledge and experience of the WX members to assist mentees as they begin their real estate careers.


Program Committee

Co-Chairs: Elise Wagner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Beth Zafonte, Akerman LLP

The program committee organizes WX’s monthly breakfasts featuring prominent industry leaders.  The committee is also responsible for Conversations and Perspectives, programs geared to young women interested in the real estate profession and career advancement for junior women in the profession.


Scholars Program Committee 

Co-Chairs: Wanda Chin, The Community Preservation Corporation

Maria Kastanis, People's United Bank

The scholarship committee establishes scholarship criteria and works with universities with dedicated real estate programs to identify candidates for WX scholarships. The committee runs the application process, interviews candidates, and selects recipients. The co-chairs welcome the help of veteran and brand-new members especially with respect to identifying and forming relationships with real estate programs. 


Networking & Special Events Committee 

Co-Chairs: Allyson Martin, HUB International Northeast 

Jean Marie Apruzzese, DRA Advisors LLC

The Networking & Special Events Committee plans WX members-only networking events, including a small dinner series, as well as special events such as the WX Holiday Party and Summer Outing. 

Communications Committee 

Co-Chairs: Paula Schaefer, Clarion Partners

Ellen Kendall 

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