March Roundtable addresses the transformation of retail

How will traditional retail adapt and evolve in a post-pandemic state?

The UC Real Estate Center's March Roundtable event focuses on the future of retail given both evolving changes in customer shopping habits as well as the impacts of COVID-19. The virtual event will feature a presentation by guest speaker, Don Wood, CEO of Federal Realty Investment Trust in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Wood is a nationally renowned leader in retail ownership, development and management who will provide foresight on the future of the retail sector in real estate. Woods' presentation highlights will include insight on the environment pre-COVID including the struggles of department stores and restaurants, the current retail environment, and what new markets, opportunities, and realities lie ahead with post pandemic recovery. 

"Don Wood has long been at the forefront of anticipating and adjusting to trends in the retail space," said Carl Goertemoeller, executive director of the UC Real Estate Center. "During a time when much of retail is under stress, Don will offer an energetic discussion on how he and his team are readying their portfolio for the coming years," he said.

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Our Guest Speaker

Don Wood headshot

Donald C. Wood

Don Wood, CEO 
Federal Realty Investment Trust
North Bethesda, Maryland

Don has been with Federal Realty since 1998, where he is a trustee and has served in positions from chief financial officer to chief operating officer to president before being named its chief executive in 2002. Prior to joining Federal, Don spent 8 years at New York-based ITT Corporation, where he served in various capacities, including deputy controller and chief financial officer of wholly-owned subsidiary Caesars World, Inc. The first seven years of his career were spent at accounting firm Arthur Andersen, leaving in 1989 to work for client Donald Trump as the vice president of finance for the then newly acquired Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Don is active charitably through his work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) among others. In 2002, Don took the reins of the Breath of Life Gala — at the time a fledgling event supporting cystic fibrosis research — and with the help of a committed and tenacious team of volunteers and CFF staffers, grew the gala into what became one of the most financially and experientially successful events in Washington, D.C. and the number one gala nationally for CFF. Don’s daughter, Rachel, was born with the genetic disease. READ MORE>>

The Real Estate Center, in conjunction with our Premier Partner, PNC Bank, is proud to present our 37th season of networking, national and international speakers, and access to industry leaders.

In 1983, the UC Real Estate Roundtable was created to establish and maintain links between the university and the business and real estate communities. The Roundtable series features guest speakers who present their ideas, thoughts and perspectives on topics that impact the real estate industry. The Roundtable Series strives to:

  • Encourage interaction between real estate professionals and UC students and faculty.
  • Address issues and topics relevant to the real estate industry and leading professionals.
  • Expose real estate professionals to industry research conducted at UC and elsewhere.

Our programs are currently virtual events and free of charge. To learn more about the Roundtable Series, visit