Over 550 of the most powerful women in real estate connected on Wednesday, February 25th, at the 4th Annual Real Estate Weekly Women’s Forum. For the fourth year, Real Estate Weekly turned the spotlight onto the female real estate leaders who are making strides in New York City and surrounding areas.

2015 Theme: Women Helping Women

This year’s theme was “Women Helping Women” and panels touched upon the following topics: construction, development, sustainability, capital raising and information technology. Attendees heard case studies from top real estate entrepreneurs that highlight active opportunities in today’s market.

Morning Keynote Speaker:

Purnima KapurPurnima Kapur, Executive Director, NYC Planning

Purnima Kapur, has worked with City Planning for 25 years, was involved in affordable housing negotiations with Two Trees Management’s Domino Sugar site. She also previously served as director of the agency’s Bronx office, where she oversaw rezoning that paved the way for housing and economic development initiatives in the Port Morris and Morrisania neighborhoods. She was also involved in land-use applications for the new Yankee Stadium and Bronx Terminal Market. Kapur holds dual Master’s degrees in Planning and Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:

Diane RamirezDiane M. Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer, Halstead Property

Diane M. Ramirez is Chief Executive Officer of Halstead Property and she is well-known for her passion and devotion to the residential real estate industry. She is a 35-year veteran who started her career in Palm Beach, Florida where she worked as an agent for a number of years before returning to her hometown – New York City – and embarking on a successful and exciting career. Together with Clark Halstead, she helped found Halstead Property in the Fall of 1984. Their vision for the company was a high-end firm that utilized advanced technology combined with old fashioned elegance that covered all segments of the market and was located in the communities that they serviced. Over the course of the next 30 years, Halstead has strategically grown to include 30 offices across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Riverdale, Hudson Valley, the Hamptons, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Attendee Breakdown:

Attendee Breakdown


2015 Advisory Board:

  • Collete English Dixon, Principal – Transactions, Prudential Real Estate Investors
  • Alexandra Fisher, DC – Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Department of Buildings
  • Cynthia Foster, President – Office Services, Colliers International
  • Jenna Gerstenlauer, Managing Partner, Sound Mark Partners
  • Kate Harrington, Director – Client Services, The Berman Group
  • Leslie Himmel, Co-Managing Partner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties
  • Kristen Hunter, Doctoral Candidate – Real Estate Finance/Urban Dev., Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
  • Amelia Janisz, CEO & President, EZBuildingEHS
  • Clare Kelly, Director – Retail Leasing, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Richard Resnick, Founder & CEO, Project Risk Consultants
  • Amy Sole, Vice President, Vision Real Estate Partners

2015 Speakers:

  • Jodi Berman, Director – Residential Leasing, Stonehenge Management
  • Lauren Brust, Director – Commercial Building Energy Services, Steven Winter Associates
  • Suzanne Carlson, Principal, NBBJ
  • Deirdre Carson, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
  • Juliet Clapp, Managing Director, TOWN Residential
  • Lauren Crowley Corrinet, Vice President – Consulting Group, CBRE
  • Diane Danielson, Chief Operating Officer, Sperry Van Ness
  • Patricia Dunphy, SVP – Development & Leasing, Rockrose Development
  • Helena Durst, Vice President, Durst Organization
  • Holly Dutton, Reporter, Real Estate Weekly
  • Marian Klein Feldt, Senior Vice President, Park Tower Group
  • Cavarly Garrett, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan
  • Romy Goldman, Founder, Gold Development
  • Purnima Kapur, Executive Director, NYC Planning
  • Lisa Knee, Partner, EisnerAmper
  • Andrea Kretchmer, Affordable Housing Developer, POKO Partners
  • Melanie Krakower, Director – Development, BOLD New York
  • Lesley Lisser, Director & Senior Asset Manager, Invesco
  • Kristen Lonergan, Partner, Greenberg Traurig
  • Jill Lovatt, First Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Wendy Maitland, President – Sales, TOWN Residential
  • Melanie Meyers, Partner, Fried Frank
  • Toby Moskovits, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Equity Partners
  • Jennifer Novack, Managing Partner, Sousou Partners
  • Sukanya Paciorek, Senior Vice President – Corporate Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust
  • Melissa Pianko, Executive Vice President – Development, Gotham Organization
  • Joanne Podell, Vice Chairman – Retail Services, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Alicia Popper, SVP – Leasing & Construction, PBC USA Real Estate
  • Sara Queen, Senior Vice President, Brookfield Asset Management
  • Diane M. Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer, Halstead Property
  • Laura Rapaport, Senior Vice President, L&L Holding Company
  • Carol Rosenthal, Partner, Fried Frank
  • Sara Rubenstein, Business Development Manager – Acquisitions & Development, Lend Lease
  • Rosemary Scanlon, Dean, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
  • Eileen Spinola, Senior Vice President, REBNY
  • Kimberly Sherman Stamler, Chief Operating Officer, Related Beal
  • Jenifer Steig, Owner, Cheshire Group
  • Debra Tantleff, Founding Principal, Tantum Realty
  • Elise Wagner, Partner, Kramer Levin
  • Melissa Warren, Partner, TerraCRG
  • Colleen Wenke, Vice President, Taconic Investment Partners

2015 Agenda Highlights

  • Social Responsibilities: Shaping Our Future Cities
  • Special Presentation: Five Things to Do to Command the Seat at the Head of the Table
  • The “New” New York: The Future of Our Changing Neighborhoods
  • Eat, Pray, Build: Construction & Development in New York City & New Jersey
  • On-the-Cusp: Technological Innovators in Real Estate
  • The New Green: Insights Into Sustainable Designs & Developments
  • The Cap Rate Saga: Capital Sources & Users Round Table
  • Masterclass – Coming Together: Making Connections Across the Real Estate Industry
  • Decision Makers: Choosing The Right Mentor
  • Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think