Real Estate Women’s Forum California
8:00 am – Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:45 am – Opening Remarks
8:50 am – General Session
The Executive Branch: Power Players in California Real Estate
Sometimes it takes extra effort as a woman to be part of the good ole boys club, but this panel of women is shattering all stereotypes. These women are breaking ground, literally and figuratively, from multifamily to commercial. Is it par for the course when you get to the executive level that there won’t be women?
- Women changing the literal and metaphorical landscape: what is next for California’s real estate industry?
- Women making deals: updates in new construction and development
- She who controls the money: women who investment
- Challenges faced and strides made: building the workforce with women
Clare De Briere
COO & EVP
The Ratkovich Company
President & CEO
Auerbach Realty Holdings
Former President & CEO
Co-Head of Real Estate &
Director – Asset Management
Canyon Partners Real Estate
9:45 am – General Session
Breaking Ground: Building and Development
With increased cost of land, resistant neighborhood councils, a complicated tax structure, environmental regulations and high construction costs, it is a miracle that any development occurs at all. With the highest levels of development being in and around central business districts and areas with transportation networks, it is no wonder that the evolving demographics are driving certain decisions. With so many moving parts and limited resources to consider, can California continue on the growth trajectory?
- Central Business Districts (CBD): the impact of growth on tertiary gentrification
- Advent of transportation network: how do transportation lines change development strategy?
- Neighborhood councils, nimbyism and building density disputes: how to negotiate the human nature side of development
- Cost and availability of land: has ground up development hit its limit?
Kaitlin Murphy Arduino
EVP & Partner
Head of Design & Development
Partner – Development
VP – Development & Operations
10:40 am – Morning Networking Break
11:35 am – Concurrent Session A
The Custodians of Real Estate: Managers and Operators
Depending on your target tenant group, whether they are apartment or office tenants, retail or industrial, your amenities and upgraded features may matter more than a net zero energy building, or vice versa. Rent and leasing rates are rising; this is great news for real estate, but how can you convince your prospective tenants that your product is best or current tenants that they won’t find better?
- Credit and Leasing Requirements: What should you be looking for?
- Rising prices of rents: how do you justify the price and provide a quality product?
- Exploring Fundamentals of Employment: what does job growth mean for your product stock?
- Class A Amenities, what counts?
- Creative Solutions: CA water shortage and grounds maintenance
EVP – Property Management
Managing Director – Asset Management
Stanford Real Estate
VP – Asset Management
Director – Marketing & Communications
11:35 am – Concurrent Session B
No Status Quo Here: Design and Innovation
Technology changes in commercial real estate are happening at an unprecedented speed. From solar powered buildings and fiber optics to creative re-use and unique amenity design, real estate owners and operators are integrating new tools, strategies, and design innovations into their portfolios. What tools are most useful to landlords and tenants as ways of managing their space?
- Activating real estate through technology: exploring fiber optics, solar energy and more
- Adaptive-reuse (i.e. LA Creative Arts District): how to think outside of the box
- Smart Buildings and Internet of Things: is this a thing of the future or relevant now?
- Unique amenity design (barn doors, roof top areas with conversational space, communal tables for meetings/dining): and tenant acquisition and retention
- Flexible design space: understanding how tenants are using their space
Renee Dake Wilson
Los Angeles City Planning Commission
Chief Innovation Officer
City of San Leandro
Chief Executive Officer
Karney Management Company
VP – Acquisition & Asset Management
LT Global Investment
President & CEO
12:25 pm – Concurrent Session A
Money Makes the World Go Around: Debt, Financing and Investing
California is in a sweet spot when it comes to equity chasing deals, injections of foreign capital, and low CAP rates. However, with economic cycles coming in 7 year increments, it is only a matter of time before the market corrects itself. How do you move forward when the interest rates go back up? Where will the equity sources come from? Is crowdfunding really viable?
- The Shift of Power: from Wall Street big banks to hedge and pension funds
- Debt: what is the cost and how easy is it to get it?
- Diversification in lending: what does this mean for certain product types?
- Creative debt: where you should be looking
- Investment strategies and opportunities: where are they?
- Conservative: The new position of banks
Chief Operations Officer
President & CEO
VP – Real Estate Finance
SVP – Capital Markets
Fairfield Residential Company
12:25 pm – Concurrent Session B
Onwards and Upwards: Career Development and Leadership
While it’s safe to say that the real estate industry is an interdependent ecosystem, the vast majority of its key players are still men, especially in fields such as development and investment. And yet, women are increasingly succeeding at taking on leadership roles. What are women doing today that gives them greater opportunities for career development and industry leadership?
- The circle of mentorship: receiving help and paying it forward
- Relative advantage: networking strategies that work
- Barriers to entry: how to break through into entrenched organizations
- Work/life balance: the changing global culture of “work from anywhere”
- By choice: best opportunities for advancement in the real estate industry
Crew – LA
Senior Vice President
President & COO
AEW Capital Management