GBREB Internship Program Promotes Diversity in Boston Real Estate

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Greater Boston Real Estate Board

As founder and president of The MacDowell Company, Roy MacDowell is in charge of the firm’s landscape design and construction operations in New England. Also a principal at the Weston, Massachusetts-based Baystone Development, Roy MacDowell belongs to the Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB).

While Boston as a whole has become increasingly diverse, the city’s real estate industry has largely maintained the same homogeneous composition: white male. To address the lack of racial and gender diversity in Boston’s commercial real estate, GBREB, in partnership with uAspire, launched an internship program designed to introduce academically gifted students from disadvantaged backgrounds to commercial real estate, or CRE.

In the summer of 2015, three college-bound students, Kiana Mendes, Zashira Arias, and Meitong Mei, completed paid internships at WinnCompanies, Colliers International, and Leggat McCall Properties, respectively, some of the city’s most prominent real estate firms.

The students, none of whom had worked in an office before, started their internships with administrative tasks such as filing but before long graduated to more complex duties. The three gained a deeper understanding of CRE, and as a result, one of them, Mendes, is strongly considering joining the industry as a professional developer.


The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College


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Babson College

The recipient of the Massachusetts Historical Commission Award, Roy MacDowell is the founder and past president of the landscape design and construction company the MacDowell Company. Now the principal of Baystone Development, Roy MacDowell is a past trustee of Babson College.

Founded in 1919 with 27 students, Babson College has grown to accommodate more than 3,000 undergrads, the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business, and an Executive Education program. Consistently ranked as the top school for undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship studies by the U.S. News & World Report, Babson follows guiding principles designed to create leaders with significant social and economic impact. To increase its potential for positive impact, the college supports several institutes and centers to share research and allow students to receive hands-on education. Among them is the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL).

Established in 1999, CWEL offers current students and alumni educational resources, mentoring opportunities, and the chance to experiment to achieve social and economic value. To attain those goals, CWEL sponsors a number of annual programs, each of which focuses on a different issue or specialty area. For example, the Women Innovating Now lab helps 20 women develop and build their ventures over the course of the year-long program. The Mentor Mashups program brings students and successful mentors together for networking and discussion groups.

A World Without Hate: The Anti-Defamation League of New England

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Anti-Defamation League

Roy MacDowell, founder and president of the MacDowell Foundation, devotes his time outside of his duties to various local charities and organizations, with the intent to improve communities and businesses. A current board member of the New England chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Roy MacDowell stands beside many other supporters who want to cultivate a world without hate and discrimination.

Recently launching its Imagine a World Without Hate campaign, the Anti-Defamation League of New England is calling on all people to work towards creating a world without hate and violence, spurred by racism, homophobia, and bigotry. While promoting this powerful message to the public, the league also brings many issues to the legislature, including bills geared towards immigration, LGBT rights, education equality, and criminal justice.

In 1985, ADL also founded the World of Difference campaign, which seeks to inform the public on issues related to prejudice and discrimination, and to put a stop to these things through open conversation and partnership. The campaign brings the discussion to classrooms around New England, making changes in how students and educators handle biased behaviors.v

Boston Children’s Hospital Drives Progress with Health Accelerator

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Health Accelerator

Roy MacDowell, a principal of Baystone Development, possesses more than four decades of experience in construction and real estate investment. Roy MacDowell maintains a strong commitment to giving back to the greater Boston area and formerly served as a trustee of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Since its inception, Boston Children’s has been a leader in pediatric health care research. In pursuit of its goals, the hospital created the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA), which is designed to implement technology in building better health care delivery options for pediatric patients. Through IDHA, the hospital engages with startups and industry leaders around the world to provide relevant data, clinical expertise, and other support needed to create better health care products.

Ultimately, Boston Children’s aims to extend the reach of and access to the expertise of its staff members through IDHA. To that end, the team behind the project is particularly interested in supporting innovative ideas in remote care and clinical decision support, as well as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources technologies, which facilitate electronic medical record exchange. IDHA is also interested in developing software and other tools that can extend the hospital’s expertise and data in complex cases to health care facilities around the world.

Signs it’s Time to Replace a Driveway

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Replace a Driveway

Award-winning real estate developer and investor Roy MacDowell serves as principal for the Massachusetts-based real estate development and investment firm Baystone Development. Prior to accepting this role in 2009, Roy MacDowell served as the president and founder of the MacDowell company, a construction and landscape design firm that worked on everything from pools and terraces to driveways.

Most driveways can last for several decades, but they eventually need repairs and replacements. The following are a few signs that it’s time to replace a driveway:

Cracks: Driveways naturally crack over time due to the weight of a car and the effects of local weather. Small cracks can generally be repaired with liquid crack-fillers to decrease spreading of the issue. Unfortunately, this fix does not look very good when the crack is more than a quarter-inch wide and individuals may need to consider replacing their driveway instead.

Drainage issues: Water should easily flow off of a driveway and away from a building if the driveway is in good condition, so drainage issues are often a simple way of recognizing that a driveway needs replacing. If ignored, pooled water can increase the number of potholes and cracks and cause serious damage.

Age: On average, driveways last for 20 years when comprised of asphalt and 25 years when made from pavers or concrete. When a driveway starts nearing these ages, it is time to replace it, asthe materials used will begin failing. Even if there are no major cracks currently, issues are more likely to develop at a much faster rate once the driveway is old.

The Commercial Real Estate Development Association Mobile Apps

Commercial Real Estate Development Association


A longtime construction and real estate executive, Roy MacDowell is the principal of Baystone Development, a real estate development and investment firm headquartered in Weston, Massachusetts. Roy MacDowell formerly served as a trustee of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

Offering two mobile apps for its members, the base app of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association is downloadable from Google Play and the Apple App Store. The app offers full access to the Commercial Real Estate Development Association membership directory and provides users with the latest industry news and education resources. The app also connects users to regional and national events.

Beyond this, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association offers its Development Magazine app, also available from Google Play and the Apple App Store. For Commercial Real Estate Development Association members only, the app provides access to the quarterly Development Magazine, which examines the commercial real estate industry and the various issues that impact it. In addition to providing access to feature articles and opinion pieces, the app allows users to search for relevant information and bookmark interesting articles.

The Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Institute


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World of Difference Institute

Since 2009, Roy MacDowell has functioned as the principal of Baystone Development, a Massachusetts-based real estate investor and developer. A committed philanthropist, Roy MacDowell is a trustee of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of New England.

Among the ADL’s initiatives is its World of Difference® Institute. Established in 1985 in Boston, the World of Difference® Institute aims to raise awareness of the discrimination and prejudice that exists in society.

Through its work, the World of Difference® empowers victims of discrimination while galvanizing communities to take action against bigotry in workplaces, schools, and homes. Now operating in 26 cities throughout the United States and in 11 other countries, the World of Difference® Institute has trained more than 450,000 educators, impacting more than 36 million students.

The World of Difference® institute operates a range of programs, including Peer Training, which teaches students how to engage with others in an understanding and respectful manner. The World of Difference® also operates the Summer Institute, which helps educators develop the skills to coordinate their schools’ Peer Training programs.