Get to know some of Cincinnati’s most engaging leaders in this unique members-only series organized by ULI Cincinnati’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI). In this series, Coffee with a Game Changer, featured leaders will participate in a conversation where members will hear both the challenges and highlights of their professional story.
Meet our game changer, Kathy Schwab, executive director of LISC Cincinnati.
Kathy Laker Schwab has 40 years of experience working in urban neighborhoods in both for-profit and non-profit real estate development. She is currently the Executive Director of the LISC Greater Cincinnati, a national non-profit intermediary organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities. A life-long urban advocate, Schwab started one of the first Community Development Corporations in the inner-city in the mid-70s. She went on to spend the first part of her career rehabbing abandoned buildings for homeownership and ultimately began her own real estate brokerage, management and development company focusing on the urban core. She became established as a resource for downtown living as Vice President of Residential Development for Downtown Cincinnati Inc., the special improvement district (SID). It was in this position that she helped to put together the tools for urban revitalization such as neighborhood revitalization plans which included physical development and a financing mechanism through the Urban Living Loan Fund and pre-development fund along with technical assistance. In her non-profit role she directed the formation of two additional Community Development Corporations in Cincinnati and has served as a development consultant to the Cincinnati Zoo, the University of Cincinnati, 3CDC and the Uptown Consortium. She is currently on the Boards of the Cincinnati Development Fund, MORTAR, OTR Adopt, First Financial, JPMorgan Chase and PNC Community Development Advisory Boards and the Federal Reserve Business Advisory Committee. Schwab is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, resides in Over-the-Rhine and is married with two grown children.
This event is hosted by ULI Cincinnati’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and free to all ULI members.
8:15 a.m. – Check-in and networking
8:30 a.m. – Program
9:30 a.m. – Conclusion
The event is sponsored by The Model Group and hosted by Neyer Properties.