Podcast 01.08: Breaking Down Barriers – Preparing Yourself for Success
Because it’s Women’s History Month, we are highlighting women in the Utah business community. We’re looking at their personal stories to help explain how they got to where they are today.
In this episode we speak with Linda Wardell, General Manager of City Creek Center. We discuss her rise to success, what it’s like to work in a male dominated industry and the advice she has for young professionals. We also look at what it takes to run a successful urban center and consider the future of Salt Lake City, City Creek Center and The Gateway.
About our Guest
Linda Wardell is the general manager of City Creek Center, the retail portion of City Creek, one of the largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects in the nation. With more than 25 years of experience managing and marketing shopping centers, Wardell oversees retail operations for the landmark shopping and dining destination in the heart of Salt Lake City.
A seasoned retail executive, Wardell received her first taste of shopping centers at an Atlanta-based boutique advertising agency. Her clients included Taubman, owner and operator of City Creek Center.
Wardell has played a pivotal role in the grand openings of several high-profile properties, including Polaris Fashion Place, a 1.5-million-square-foot shopping center in Columbus, Ohio. Linda spent nine years with Glimcher Realty Trust, owner of Polaris, and while there opened two shopping centers and earned frequent career promotions, eventually serving as vice president of marketing.
Wardell joined Taubman in January 2007. Now, bringing her extensive experience to City Creek Center, Wardell and her team oversee the property which opened on March 22, 2012.