"Develop an online networking platform/employment search engine to link homeless job applicants with willing employers."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Katherine Doellman

Director of leasing, RPT Realty

About: Katie Doellman’s career started at L Brands when she joined the retailing giant as a real estate intern. She spent nearly five years there, ultimately being named its real estate director. Doellman joined RPT Realty in 2019 as its director of leasing. RPT’s portfolio includes 49 open-air shopping centers across the country, including the Shops at Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington. She holds a law degree from Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

Outside of work: Doellman is a member of the Short North Civic Association and is applying for membership in the Upper Arlington Civic Association. She has been a Pelotonia bike rider for six years. She is a board member of the Criminal Law Journal at Ohio State. She also organized a fundraiser to raise more than $10,000 to grant a child’s wish through Make a Wish Foundation.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “Every year, Mercer releases a Quality of Living Index. Among the 10 metrics considered is transportation. This metric coupled with the fact that Columbus is the largest city in the U.S. that doesn’t offer a passenger train service means that our public transportation offering is a major growth opportunity. Ways to perfect our public system would include: Adding light rail, rethinking our bus systems to increase ridership, extending bike trails to connect neighborhoods, and adding bike shares to serve minority communities.”

Doellman’s idea: “Ohio’s homeless rate rose in 2018 despite the low unemployment rate. Within one year, the Future 50 could develop an online networking platform/employment search engine to link homeless job applicants with willing employers. This project would encompass engaging participation from both the employers in the community and implementing an ongoing forum to train the homeless on using the online tool.”

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