Building on eight prior years of successful conferences, the Real Estate Women’s Forum (REWF) has become a reliable annual gathering that spotlights industry leading women in commercial real estate, emphasizing the achievements, capabilities and thought leadership of women who are active real estate developers, investors, owners and operators.

The core DNA of the event is a commercial real estate conference focused on trending and emerging real estate market issues where the entire speaker faculty is comprised solely of women. Each year, over 400 attend to connect, be inspired and get valuable information from industry leaders. Attendance is open to both men and women.

This year’s conference includes a slate of panels on leadership, development and construction trends, emerging innovations and technology, as well as finance and investment outlook in light of recent industry changes. In addition, we host private peer-to-peer roundtables for select leaders. Further, we’ve listened to you and added more networking time to the program, to allow greater opportunity to connect.

The Real Estate Women’s Forum New York 2020 is an afternoon program from lunch through to the cocktail reception (12:15 pm to 6:00 pm) and follows a morning program (6th annual New York Construction & Development Forum) at the same venue. Each conference requires a separate registration. Contact us if you’d like to receive a discount to attend both conferences.

Register now to secure your spot at the early rate to attend the 9th annual Real Estate Women’s Forum New York!

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Speakers & Agenda:
Ajna Adams
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Registration:
Claudia Gutwirth
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Sponsorship & Exhibiting
Amber Collins
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2020 Speakers

Ana Ariño

Ana Ariño
Chief Strategy Officer
NYCEDC

Michele Fei

Michele Fei
SVP ‐ Construction
Extell Development Company

Thais Galli

Thais Galli
Managing Director & Head of Innovation
Tishman Speyer

Andrea Himmel

Andrea Himmel
Director ‐ Acquisitions
Himmel & Meringoff Properties

Anita Laremont

Anita Laremont
Executive Director
NYC Department of City Planning

Karen Zabarsky

Karen Zabarsky
Head of Design
Kushner Companies

Susan Bands

Susan Bands
Sales Manager
Marcus & Millichap

Melissa Billing

Melissa Billig
Partner ‐ Design & Construction Attorney
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti

Carole Bloom

Carole Bloom
Founder & Principle
HPDM

Laura Dietzel

Laura Dietzel
Manager ‐ National Real Estate Group
RSM

Shari Laskowitz

Shari Laskowitz
Partner
Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti

Michelle Liu

Michelle Liu
Director
CIT Bank

Kristen Lonergan

Kristen Lonergan
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig

Courtney McGuinn

Courtney McGuinn
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig

Sadie McKeown

Sadie McKeown
COO & EVP
Community Preservation Corporation

Janette O'Brien

Janette O’Brien
Multifamily Production Manager
KeyBank

Carol Rosenthal

Carol Rosenthal
Partner
Fried Frank

Laurie Stanziale

Laurie Stanziale
Partner
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

Featured Participants

Erin Beitz

Carmel Partners

Allina Boohoff

JPMorgan Chase

Melissa Burch

Lendlease

Leslie Cohen

Samuels & Associates

Susan Hewitt

Cheshire Group

Lizzy Kurz

BlackRock

Lesley Lisser

Invesco

Maria Masi

Brookfield

Jennifer McCool

Related

Nicole Meyer

Kushner Companies

Jill Preschel

Landsea Homes

Samantha Sax

Elad Group

Shazia Shahid

Midwood

Julie Zuraw

Argo Real Estate

2020 Speakers

  • Ana Ariño, Chief Strategy Officer, NYCEDC
  • Michele Fei, SVP ‐ Construction, Extell Development Company
  • Thais Galli, Managing Director & Head of Innovation, Tishman Speyer
  • Andrea Himmel, Director ‐ Acquisitions, Himmel & Meringoff Properties
  • Anita Laremont, Executive Director, NYC Department of City Planning
  • Karen Zabarsky, Head of Design, Kushner Companies
  • Susan Bands, Sales Manager, Marcus & Millichap
  • Melissa Billig, Partner ‐ Design & Construction Attorney, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
  • Carole Bloom, Founder & Principle, HPDM
  • Laura Dietzel, Manager ‐ National Real Estate Group, RSM
  • Shari Laskowitz, Partner, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
  • Michelle Liu, Director, CIT Bank
  • Kristen Lonergan, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
  • Courtney McGuinn, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
  • Sadie McKeown, COO & EVP, Community Preservation Corporation
  • Janette O’Brien, Multifamily Production Manager, KeyBank
  • Carol Rosenthal, Partner, Fried Frank
  • Laurie Stanziale, Partner, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

Featured Participants

  • Erin Beitz, Carmel Partners
  • Melissa Burch, Lendlease
  • Leslie Cohen, Samuels & Associates
  • Susan Hewitt, Cheshire Group
  • Shari Laskowitz, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
  • Lesley Lisser, Invesco
  • Maria Masi, Brookfield
  • Jennifer McCool, Related
  • Nicole Meyer, Kushner Companies
  • Janette O’Brien, KeyBank Real Estate Capital
  • Jill Preschel, Landsea Homes
  • Samantha Sax, Elad Group
  • Julie Zuraw, Argo Real Estate

Who Speaks

The core DNA of REWF is a commercial real estate conference focused on trending and emerging real estate market issues where the entire speaker faculty is comprised solely of women. Speakers at the Real Estate Women’s Forum are industry leading women as well as up-and-coming female executives. Send speaker suggestions to Ajna Adams (ajna@greenpearlevents.com).

Past speakers include:

Sue Ansel

Sue Ansel
CEO & President
Gables Residential

Gail Ayers, the afternoon keynote speaker

Gail Ayers
Former CEO
CREW Network

Julie Benezet

Julie Benezet
Former Real Estate Executive
Amazon
Author
The Journey of Not Knowing Now

Annemarie DiCola

Annemarie DiCola
Chief Executive Officer
Trepp

MaryAnne Gilmartin

MaryAnne Gilmartin
Chief Executive Officer
L&L MAG

Laurie Golub

Laurie Golub
COO
Square Mile Capital

Leslie Himmel

Leslie Himmel
Co-Managing Partner
Himmel + Meringoff Properties

Purnima Kapur

Purnima Kapur
Former Executive Director
New York City Department of City Planning

Dolly Lenz & Rosanna Scotto

Dolly Lenz
Chief Executive Officer
Dolly Lenz Real Estate

Wendy Mann

Wendy Mann
Chief Executive Officer
Crew Network

Jodi Pulice

Jodi Pulice
Founder & CEO
JRT Realty Group

Diane Ramirez

Diane Ramirez
Chief Executive Officer
Halstead Property

Darcy Stacom

Darcy Stacom
Chairman
CBRE

Mary Ann Tighe

Mary Ann Tighe
CEO – New York
CBRE

Kathryn Wylde

Kathryn Wylde
President & CEO
Partnership for New York City

  • Terri Adler, Duval & Stachenfeld
  • Gentry Ashmore-Hoit, GreenOak
  • Jacqueline Barr, Ted Moudis Associates
  • Jodi Berman, Stonehenge Management
  • Kate Bicknell, Oxford Properties Group
  • Melissa Burch, Lendlease
  • Suzanne Carlson, NBBJ
  • Lauren Crowley Corrinet, CBRE
  • Patricia Dunphy, Rockrose Development
  • Helena Durst, Durst Organization
  • Betsy Feigin Befus, NMHC
  • Cynthia Foster, Colliers International
  • Theresa Garelli, CREW New York
  • Alicia Glen, New York City
  • Alicia Goldstein, HFZ
  • Julia Goldberg, BuzzFeed
  • Romy Goldman, Gold Development
  • Nancy Goldsmith, Bozzuto
  • Johanna Greenbaum, Sidewalk Labs
  • Jill Homan, Javelin19 Investments
  • Katie Kennedy, Capital One
  • Elizabeth Judd, Konover Commercial
  • Inna Khidekel, Bridge Investment Group
  • Lisa Kirsch, Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Andrea Kretchmer, Xenolith Partners
  • Tristan Last, Arch Companies
  • Sharon Liss, Sugar Hill Capital Partners
  • Allison Lissner, BBWG
  • Lesley Lisser, Invesco
  • Christina Lyndon, Angelo, Gordon & Co.
  • Alisa Mall, Carnegie Corporation
  • Courtney McGuinn, Greenberg Traurig
  • Melanie Meyers, Fried Frank
  • Michele O’Connor, CREW New York
  • Noelle Picone, BBWG
  • Joanne Podell, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Alicia Popper, PBC USA Real Estate
  • Donna Preiss, PREISS
  • Carol Rosenthal, Fried Frank
  • Samantha Sax, Elad Group
  • Kara Schechter Rakowski, BBWG
  • Shazia Shahid, Midwood
  • Patricia Simone, Simone Development
  • Lori Sokol, NY Residential
  • Laurie Stanziale, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
  • Nicole Stent, Empire State Development
  • Susan Tjarksen, KIG
  • Diane Vrkic, Waypoint
  • Colleen Wenke, Taconic
  • Deana Wetzel, Marks Paneth
  • Julie Zuraw, Argo Management

Who Attends

The Real Estate Women’s Forum brings together women and men from the state–as well as many from across the nation–to connect around trends, activity and new opportunities in the commercial real estate markets.

Past attending firms include:

  • A&E Real Estate
  • Acadia Realty Trust
  • Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group
  • AECOM Capital
  • Angelo, Gordon & Co.
  • Arch Street Capital
  • Ares Management
  • Atelier Group
  • AvalonBay
  • Basis Investment Group
  • BDO
  • Beachwold Residential
  • Bettina Equities Management
  • BIOC CRE
  • BL Companies
  • Bozzuto
  • Broadway Stages
  • Brookfield Properties Retail
  • Brooksville Company
  • Carlyle
  • CAS Riegler Companies
  • Cedar Realty Trust
  • Cerberus Capital Manangement
  • Chase
  • City Bay Capital
  • Clarion Partners
  • Clinton Management
  • CohnReznick
  • Cole Schotz
  • Colliers International
  • CPD Developments
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Douglas Elliman
  • Drever Capital Management
  • Duke Properties
  • Durst Organization
  • Eastone Capital
  • Edison Properties
  • EisnerAmper
  • Epic Commercial Realty
  • Equity Residential
  • Ernst & Young
  • Forest City New York
  • Gemdale USA
  • GFP Real Estate
  • GIC Real Estate
  • Golden Lioness Corp
  • Goldman Sachs
  • GoldOller Real Estate Investments
  • Greenland USA
  • GreenOak Real Estate
  • Greystone Development
  • GZA
  • H.I.G. Realty
  • Habitat for Humanity New York City
  • HAKS
  • Hanover Street Capital
  • HFF
  • Hines
  • HLW
  • Hudson Companies
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Jamestown
  • JLL
  • Jonathan Rose Companies
  • Joss Realty Partners
  • JP Morgan
  • Kent Services
  • Konover Commercial Corporation
  • Lazard
  • Lennar Multifamily
  • Lubert-Alder Partners
  • Marshall-Stevens
  • MB Real Estate
  • Megalith Capital Management
  • Michaels Organization
  • Midwood Investment & Development
  • Millennium Commercial Properties
  • Mitsui Fudosan America
  • Morgan Stanley
  • New York Restoration Project
  • NewHeight Group
  • NNN Pro Group
  • NYC Economic Development
  • NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
  • Oxford Properties
  • PBC USA Real Estate
  • Pennoni
  • Perkins Eastman
  • Plaxall
  • Procida Companies
  • Proskauer Rose
  • Quinn
  • Related Companies
  • RK Commercial Real Estate
  • Rubenstein
  • Rudin Management
  • Silverstein Properties
  • Simone Development
  • Solomon McCown & Company
  • Sousou Partners
  • SRS Real Estate Partners
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • Sutton Alliance
  • SWBC
  • Taconic Management Company
  • TerraCap Management
  • TH Real Estate
  • Thor Equities
  • TIAA-CREF
  • Time Equities
  • Toll Brothers
  • Trepp
  • Trevive Global
  • Trinity Management
  • Triple Star Realty
  • USAA Real Esatate
  • Vornado Realty Trust
  • Waterton
  • Westport Capital Partners
  • WeWork
  • WTS International

2020 Agenda

12:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

Welcome Remarks

1:05 PM

Keynote Presentation

1:40 PM

Shaping the Future: Real Estate Trends Influencing CRE Development in 2020 & Beyond

The landscape of CRE continues to evolve rapidly. From consumer tech expectations to massive city-wide sustainability goals to myriad government regulations, today’s leading players in NYC CRE are having to ambitiously and creatively navigate portfolios with a competitive, yet community-centric mindset. With big ambitions at hand that will surely impact the future of NYC, and with an uncertain market ahead, how are top industry players navigating the trends influencing CRE development in 2020 and beyond? And how are they using these trends to shape the future of NYC?

  • Sustainability Trends: What are best practices for building sustainability initiatives that minimize environmental impact and create long-term community and business value? A look at renewable energy technologies and progressive sustainable practices.
  • Technology & Innovation Trends: What technologies are empowering developers to become more innovative and consumer-centric?
  • Cultural Impact & Community Collaboration: What are developers doing to protect the identities of significant cultural institutions and communities throughout the city?
  • Environmental Initiatives: What are top developers doing to help reduce citywide emissions 80 percent by 2050; and what are they doing to mitigate climate change?
  • Latest Legislation & Rent Regulations: How are the latest legislation and rent regulations impacting the City’s CRE market? What’s in the legislation pipeline that should be top on the radar for real estate leaders?

2:20 PM

Networking Break

2:50 PM

Track A ‐ Making Money Moves: Real Estate Finance & Investment Strategies Turning Heads in 2020

As fundamental shifts shape (and shake up) the future of real estate, the real estate investment community faces significant implications and a certain uncertainty underscored by fears of a recession right around the corner. But, in the midst of uncertainty, there is also a certain excitement in the air about what lies ahead. Having to balance uncertainty and excitement, what top finance and investment strategies are top leaders turning to as they prepare for the real estate industry of 2020 and beyond?

  • State of the Market: How are leaders approaching today’s financial market?
  • Financial Ecosystem: How has the role of real estate in the financial ecosystem evolved; and what is the state of the real estate financial ecosystem today?
  • Legal & Regulatory Considerations: How are you navigating the ever-challenging legal and regulatory environment?
  • FinTech & PropTech: How are real estate technologies like FinTech and PropTech disrupting traditional finance and investment strategies?
  • Navigating Uncertainty: How are leaders preparing for tomorrow in today’s uncertain market climate?

2:50 PM

Track B ‐ The Case for Reimagination: The Rise & Role of Recreated Neighborhoods

With development in New York happening at lightning speed, the city is seeing a spike in recreated neighborhoods through megaprojects like Hudson Yards, Essex Crossing, and Hunters Point South. While these megaprojects are bringing scores of apartments to the city, they are also signaling a rise in cultural shifts and the need for community-centric approaches that drive smart growth and inclusivity. How are top developers shaping the city’s reimagination, and what do today’s reimagined neighborhood mean for tomorrow’s NYC?

  • PropTech: How are we integrating technology into the reimagination of neighborhoods?
  • NYC’s Landscape Evolution: How is New York City’s landscape changing in 2020?
  • Narratives: What narratives do our current spaces tell, and what is the focus of the narrative? Where is the narrative of a reimagined NYC taking us?
  • Community-Focused: How are reimagined neighborhoods fostering community?
  • ‘Multi’ Minded: How are leaders designing spaces and neighborhoods with the multigenerational and multicultural demographic in mind?

3:35 PM

Track A ‐ The Growth & Impact of Innovation Spaces

Real estate technology has evolved quickly over recent years, meaning that today’s leaders need to be prepared with a strong roadmap for identifying, evaluating and implementing the right technology stacks for their organizations and various portfolios.How can you lead with the right real estate technology while driving and optimizing a powerful business experience? How is innovation changing the landscape of real estate to empower the community?

  • Emerging Trends: Which emerging trends are fueling the strategies of top real estate leaders in 2020? And which should be taking a back seat?
  • Innovation in CRE: Who is at the forefront of innovation in NYC real estate? And where are they taking us?
  • Technology & Innovation Trends: What technologies are empowering developers to become more innovative and consumer-centric?
  • All the Techs: Facing an overwhelming number of growing technology options, which ones are you friends and which ones are your foes?
  • Scoring Tech Talent: How (and where) do you find the right tech talent?
  • The Innovation Economy & Innovation Spaces: How are real estate leaders driving opportunity for the community and residents in today’s Innovation Economy?

3:35 PM

Track B ‐ Rent Laws in New York: How Rent Regulations Will Impact 2020 & Beyond

With recent rent reforms said to offer the strongest tenant protections in New York history, there are implications that affect the real estate industry in significant ways. With these massive tenant-centric changes in mind, how will new rent laws impact the landscape in 2020 and beyond? And how can you best navigate these rent regulations?

  • Massive Challenges: Where are the greatest challenges being met by owners, investors, and developers?
  • How this Changes Things: What does the future look like with current rent regulations in place?
  • Strategies & Opportunities: How can you best navigate rent regulations while driving growth and smart, sustainable development in NYC’s CRE landscape?

4:20 PM

Leadership Agendas in 2020: What Top Leaders In Real Estate Are Obsessed With This Year & What’s Next

Today’s top real estate leaders are driving leadership strategies that advance both their communities and their organizations. But, with both at top of mind, real estate leaders find themselves walking a tight-rope on the path to effective, balanced leadership. How are today’s top leaders driving the mindful advancement of both community and company? What are they hyper-focused on in 2020, and what’s next on the agendas of 2020?

  • The Agendas of 2020: What’s at the top of leaders’ agendas in 2020?
  • Cultural, Diversity & Equality: What kind of initiatives do leaders have in place that address culture, diversity, and equality both on staff and in the community?
  • Long-Term Leadership Goals: Which leadership strategies are making the most effective long-term impacts on overall company mission and vision?
  • The Future of Real Estate Leadership: How are top companies addressing the future leadership void? Where are they finding the next generation of leaders?
  • Leading Gen Zers & Millenials in the Workplace: With the landscape of the workforce changing, how are leaders navigating the expectations, preferences and habits of both Gen Zers and millennials in the workplace?

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Networking Reception

Roundtables

Conference registration does not automatically qualify you to participate in a roundtable; separate registration is required. If you are interested in participating, contact Claudia Gutwirth at claudia@greenpearlevents.com.

1:40 PM

Multifamily Leaders Roundtable

This invite-only, closed-door session brings together leading women in multifamily development, investment and management with the goal of exploring ideas and solutions to today’s top challenges and pain points.

2:50 PM

C-Suite Leadership Roundtable

This invite-only, closed-door session brings together C-suite and executive leaders to discuss shared challenges in CRE, with the goal of exploring ideas and solutions to today’s top challenges and pain points.

2020 Agenda

12:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

Welcome Remarks

1:05 PM

Keynote Presentation

1:40 PM

Shaping the Future: Real Estate Trends Influencing CRE Development in 2020 & Beyond

2:20 PM

Networking Break

2:50 PM

Track A ‐ Making Money Moves: Real Estate Finance & Investment Strategies Turning Heads in 2020

2:50 PM

Track B – The Case for Reimagination: The Rise & Role of Recreated Neighborhoods

3:35 PM

Track A ‐ The Growth & Impact of Innovation Spaces

3:35 PM

Track B ‐ How Rent Regulations Will Impact 2020 & Beyond

4:20 PM

Leadership Agendas in 2020: What Top Leaders In Real Estate Are Obsessed With This Year & What’s Next

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Networking Reception

Roundtables

Conference registration does not automatically qualify you to participate in a roundtable; separate registration is required. If you are interested in participating, contact Claudia Gutwirth at claudia@greenpearlevents.com.

1:40 PM

Multifamily Leaders Roundtable

2:50 PM

C-Suite Leadership Roundtable

Who Sponsors

Sponsors of the Real Estate Women’s Forum series of conferences are high quality professional services firms in areas of accounting, architecture, brokerage, engineering, finance, insurance, law and technology.

2020 Sponsors

CIT Bank
CPC
Fried Frank
GreenbergTraurig
HPDM
Ingram Yuzek
KeyBank
Marcus & Millichap
RSM
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Venue

The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center
40th Floor
250 Greenwich Street
New York City

Map & Directions

New York Academy of Sciences
250 Greenwich St.
New York City

About the Venue

NYASA

For 200 years‐since 1817‐the Academy has brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery. Among the oldest scientific organizations in the United States, it has become not only an enduring cultural institution in New York, but also one of the most significant organizations in the global scientific community.

Throughout its history, the Academy’s Membership has featured thinkers and innovators from all walks of life, including U.S. Presidents Jefferson and Monroe, Thomas Edison, Charles Darwin, Margaret Mead, and many more. Today, the Academy numbers over 20,000 Members in 100+ countries, with a President’s Council that includes 30 Nobel Laureates, and a distinguished Board of Governors comprised of leaders from business, academia, and philanthropy.

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