Save February 27, 2020 for the ninth annual Real Estate Women’s Forum New York!

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!

Get Involved in 2020!

Speakers & Agenda:
Ajna Adams
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Claudia Gutwirth
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Sponsorship & Exhibiting
Amber Collins
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Kate Bicknell

Kate Bicknell
Head of New York Development
Oxford Properties Group

Megumi Brod

Megumi Brod
Senior Vice President, Regional Development Officer, Northeast Region
Rockefeller Group

Gena Cheng

Gena Cheng
Managing Director, Global Investors Group
USAA Real Estate Company

Helena Durst

Helena Durst
Durst Organization

Nancy Goldsmith
Managing Director, Operations

Johanna Greenbaum

Johanna Greenbaum
Planning & Development Director
Sidewalk Labs

Jill Homan

Jill Homan
Javelin19 Investments

Elizabeth Judd

Elizabeth Judd
Konover Commercial

Katie Kennedy
Vice President, Commercial Real Estate
Capital One

Inna Khidekel

Inna Khidekel
Bridge Investment Group

Hope Knight

Hope Knight
President and CEO
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

Sharon Liss

Sharon Liss
Managing Director
Sugar Hill Capital Partners

Alisa Mall

Alisa Mall
Director of Investments – Real Estate & Natural Resources
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Clare Newman

Clare Newman
Chief of Staff & EVP
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

Donna Preiss

Donna Preiss
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dana Roffman

Dana Roffman
Managing Director
Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Shazia Shahid

Shazia Shahid
SVP of Development

Laurie Stanziale

Laurie Stanziale
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

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 (

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
The Journey of Not Knowing Now

Annemarie DiCola

Annemarie DiCola
Chief Executive Officer

MaryAnne Gilmartin

MaryAnne Gilmartin
Chief Executive Officer

Laurie Golub

Laurie Golub
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

Mary Ann Tighe

Mary Ann Tighe
CEO – New York

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
  • 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
  • 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 of NYC: Real Estate Trends Influencing CRE Development in NYC – 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?
  • 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 – Reimagining NYC: The Rise & Role of Recreated Neighborhoods in the City

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 – Innovation in Real Estate — Hype vs. Reality: Which Technologies & Trends Are Moving the Innovation Needle in NYC CRE?

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?

  • 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 Real Estate: Who is at the forefront of innovation in NYC real estate? And where are they taking us?
  • 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: How are real estate leaders driving opportunity for the community and residents in today’s Innovation Economy?

3:35 PM

Track B – What’s Hot in 2020: The Hottest Asset Opportunities in the City

In the last decade, more than a billion middle-class consumers are expected to emerge globally, representing the largest single-decade hike in customers, ever. These changing demographics and markets represent a massive opportunity for asset managers. With those massive changes in mind, how will the asset management industry operate amid a significantly changed landscape in 2020?

  • Massive Opportunities: Where are the greatest opportunities for asset managers?
  • Hot NYC Spots: What are the hottest asset classes of NYC in 2020?
  • Growth: What are the drivers for growth in 2020?
  • NYC Landscape: How are asset managers driving growth and smart 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 Leadership: How are top companies addressing the future leadership void? Where are they finding the next generation of leaders?
  • Compliance Issues: How are leaders dealing with compliance issues ranging from workforce diversity requirements to issues of safety reform?

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks & Networking Reception


Conference registration does not automatically qualify you to participate in a roundtable; separate registration is required. If you are interested in participating, contact conference producer Ajna Adams at

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.

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

Fried Frank
Ingram Yuzek
Marcus & Millichap

Past sponsors include:

Bright Power
Cushman & Wakefield
Duval & Stachenfeld
Fleur Elise bkln
Fried Frank
IF Studio
Kramer Levin
Marks Paneth
National Multifamily Housing Council
Olshan Frome Wolosky
Rosenberg & Estis

Photos from Our Past Women’s Forums


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