In 2020, Zubatkin created the Erica Lindenbaum Tishman Leadership Award to honor her life, commemorate her longstanding influence, and to foster a culture that aligns with Zubatkin’s values of character and integrity.

The annual recognition is presented to someone who personifies the values and embodies the spirit that Erica represented every single day, demonstrating exceptional leadership skills, an interest in mentorship and developing peers, a passion for resolving a particular challenge, empathy towards others, and a commitment to community service.


2022 Award Recipient: Connie Jacklitsch

The ELT Award Selection Committee is pleased to announce Connie Jacklitsch as the recipient of the 2022 Erica Lindenbaum Tishman Award.

Connie has had a tremendous impact on every aspect of our firm and has been nominated every year since the awards program was established.  In her over 17 years at Zubatkin, she has led our Administrative Team and partnered with our Management Team to deliver the highest level of excellence for our clients.  She mentors and develops the support functions of Zubatkin as a key backbone of our business – making sure that nothing skips a beat across all of the varying demands and details that come up in our day-to-day operations. Connie is also instrumental to promoting our family culture and values. Her compassionate leadership is recognized by all those who have worked with her.  She wears many hats – “advisor, counselor, coach, listener, or implementer of change” – depending on the situation at hand.  We are extremely lucky to have her on our team.

As this year’s recipient, Connie has selected the Educational Alliance and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to receive a donation in her honor as part of the Award.


2021 Award Recipient: Kasey Pace

The ELT Award Selection Committee is excited to announce Kasey Pace as the recipient of this year’s Erica Lindenbaum Tishman Leadership Award.  After much consideration, through a process driven by the memory of Erica’s spirit and passion, the Committee agreed that Kasey personified the award in many ways.

A recognized leader in the A/E/C industry and member of Zubatkin’s Leadership Team, Kasey was nominated in recognition of her strong work ethic, commitment to developing younger staff in their careers, and collaborative approach to problem-solving. Her dedication to community service is apparent through her involvement in many not-for-profit and industry organizations, including Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) New York, Women Builders Council (WBC), Women In Need (WIN) and the New York Building Congress (NYBC).

Kasey has selected Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) as the charity that will be receiving a donation from Zubatkin in her honor.  She chose this organization because of its important mission of helping to empower and improve representation for women in the construction industry, as well as her own personal involvement in supporting the organization through the years from the successful completion of a NEW Signature Project, collaborative mentorship with NEW/CREWNY to most recently transitioning onto the NEW Ambassadors Council.

2020 Award Recipient: Larissa Albert

The Award Selection Committee reviewed a number of nominations and announced Larissa Albert as the inaugural recipient of the Erica Lindenbaum Tishman Leadership Award.

Larissa has been a key part of the Zubatkin team for over twelve years and leads our Project Controls department.  The nominations in support of Larissa highlighted her strengths as a leader in supporting and empowering her peers, as well as her continued commitment to organizing a variety of volunteer initiatives to give back to the community in her personal life and through the Zubatkin outreach team.  Her dedication to professional development is evident in her mentorship of others and willingness to share expertise with staff and clients alike.

Larissa has selected St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Back on My Feet as the charities that received a donation in her honor as part of the award.


Erica Lindenbaum Tishman

Erica Lindenbaum Tishman (1959–2019) was a Vice President with Zubatkin and an active member of the New York City not-for-profit community, serving on the Board of Trustees for the Educational Alliance, Central Synagogue, and Riverdale Country School.

Erica is fondly remembered as being a force in every aspect of her life -– from her beloved family and lifelong friendships, to her career as an architect and many years of community service, she brought passion and boundless energy to everything she touched. Although she was taken from us far too soon, we continue to be inspired by her memory and lasting legacy.