In the conclusion of Katie’s talk with ChangeMaker, Heidi Burkhart, the President of Dane Global, Heidi talks about the importance of leaders embracing vulnerability and how much has changed for women in the real estate brokerage industry over the past 15 years.
About Heidi Burkhart: Heidi graduated from the University of Toledo with a BS in business. She started her real estate career at 21 as a commercial investment broker in New York City, quickly rising to be one of the top brokers in the industry specializing in affordable housing and under-the-radar transactions. She established Dane Global in 2008 at the age of 26 as one of the few solely woman-owned affordable housing real estate brokerages in New York. Since then, she and her team have grown the Dane platform into a nationwide force focused on equity placement and brokerage.
Over the course of that time, Heidi also started renowned global initiatives that support communities in need. To date, Dane Global has facilitated closings in excess of 30,000 affordable housing units, representing over $4 billion in transactions. Ms. Burkhart has used her business success and strong passion for helping others as a platform for affordable housing and economic development.
As a thought leader, she has contributed to Real Estate Weekly, The New York Real Estate Journal, The Real Deal, Brick Underground, City and State, City Limits and Chief Executive. She is also a frequent guest commentator on BronxNet TV and a contributor to The Huffington Post, Forbes, and New York Real Estate Journal. Throughout her career, Ms. Burkhart has won numerous awards for her business, civic and charitable endeavors. She was awarded the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She also received the 2016 Golden Bridge Award— Silver Winner for Best Entrepreneur/Female Founder. She received the ISPA Innovator Award in 2014 for the #BlankCancer program she created to bring new voices to the fight against cancer.
In 2013, she was selected one of Affordable Housing Finance’s Rising Stars and received the Edward H. Schmidt Outstanding Young Alum award from the University of Toledo, her alma mater.