The Leadership Charge.

The 7th annual Real Estate Women’s Forum – better known as REWF – was a great success! This is the trusted forum with a mission of connecting, educating, advancing and highlighting the accomplishments of female leaders in the real estate industry.

This year, hundreds gathered for a one-day event complete with hard-hitting panels, structured networking and unparalleled opportunities for leaders to meet with leaders.

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Keynote Speakers
Combine Inspiration with Action

Wendy Mann

Wendy Mann
CREW Network

Why We Chose Her:
As CEO of the 10,000-member global association, Wendy is committed to transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally. She recognizes the industry is at a tipping point with regard to talent acquisition, development and retention. She will share three areas she believes are imperative to advancing and growing female leaders in the industry.

Julie Benezet

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

Why We Chose Her:
One of the most challenging aspects of leading is dealing with the ambiguity and scariness of the unknown. Drawing from Julie’s experiences of navigating the new as Amazon’s first real estate executive and her many years of working with executives, Julie will share core principles to push through discomfort and resistance to build the future. Juile is also a leadership coach and author. She details her experiences in her book titled, The Journey of Not Knowing: How 21st Century Leaders Can Chart a Course Where There is None.

Sue Ansel

Sue Ansel
CEO & President
Gables Residential

Why We Chose Her:
Sue Ansel is the epitome of women who has successfully navigated real estate and made it to the top. She first joined Gables Residential, then Trammell Crow Residential in 1987 and has worked her way up moving through almost every facet of the business including development, emerging technologies and strategic planning. Today she oversees one of the largest multifamily businesses.

Featured Speakers

Gentry Ashmore-Hoit

Gentry Ashmore-Hoit
Partner & Head of Business Development

Ann Bamesberger

Ann Bamesberger
Head of Workplace Effectiveness

Michelle Berliner

Michelle Berliner
Managing Director
Emet Capital Management

Melissa Burch

Melissa Burch
Executive General Manager

Leah Carr

Leah Carr
Managing Director and Acquisitions Manager
Margules Properties

Susan Curtis

Susan Curtis
Senior Property Manager
RXR Realty

Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz
Chief of Staff
Time Equities

Julia Goldberg

Julia Goldberg
VP, Facilities, Real Estate and Security

Alicia Goldstein

Alicia Goldstein
Senior Managing Director and President of Sales & Marketing

Joy Habian

Joy Habian
Vice President of Marketing
Durst Organization

Suzanne Heidelberger

Suzanne Heidelberger
Senior Vice President of Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement
American Express

Kate Hemmerdinger-Goodman

Kate Hemmerdinger-Goodman

Susan Hill

Susan Hill
Senior Managing Director

Kathy Kaye

Kathy Kaye
Sotheby’s International

Lisa Kirsch

Lisa Kirsch
Senior Vice President, Development
Brooklyn Navy Yard

Andrea Kretchmer

Andrea Kretchmer
Xenolith Partners

Lesley Lisser

Lesley Lisser
Director Asset Management
Invesco Real Estate

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Toby Moskovits
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Equity Partner

Michele O'Connor

Michele O’Connor

Diane Ramirez

Diane Ramirez

Amanda Powers

Allison Robin
Levien & Company, CREW NY

Samantha Sax

Samantha Sax
Chief Marketing & Design Officer
Elad Group

Patricia Simone

Patricia Simone
Simone Development

Susan Stupin

Susan Stupin
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Prescott Group

Debra Tentleff

Debra Tentleff
Founding Principal

Claire Thielke

Claire Thielke
Chief Operating Officer
Investment Management

Barbara Van Beuren

Barbara Van Bueren
Managing Director of Acquisitions, Design, and Marketing

Colleen Wenke

Colleen Wenke
Senior Vice President
Taconic Investment

Julie Zuraw

Julie Zuraw
Chief Operating Officer
Argo Management

Terri Adler

Terri Adler
COO, Chair of Real Estate Department
Duval & Stachenfeld

Susan Bands

Susan Bands
Sales Manager
Marcus & Millichap

Luise Barrack

Luise A. Barrack
Managing Member
Rosenberg & Estis

Amy Korte

Amy Korte

Kristen Lonergan

Kristen Lonergan
Greenberg Traurig

Beth Reynolds

Beth Reynolds
Sales Manager

Lisa Sexton

Lisa Sexton
Vice President of Lodging Development
Marriott International

Laurie Stanziale

Laurie Stanziale
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

Why REWF Keeps Growing Year After Year

INSPIRATION: Main stage keynotes offer visionary views and practical application to impact you both personally and professionally.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Our in-depth panel discussions move beyond what is and tackle how to in design, development, construction, sustainability, capital markets, the future of office, retail and more.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Structured roundtable discussions focus on improving your professional self: relationship management, negotiation, personal branding, entrepreneurship and more.


MENTORSHIP: Introducing a new mentorship program where rising talent will be paired with seasoned professionals. Sign up to be a mentor or mentee today during the registration process. Space is limited.

Agenda at a Glance

  • Pack Leading: Pioneering Opportunities & Challenges in Development & Construction
  • Navigating the New: Leading and Succeeding in the 21st Century
  • Breaking Through: Emerging Neighborhoods & Hot Asset Classes
  • When Change is Constant: Development & Construction Opportunities & Challenges
  • Stack it Right: Financing in Today’s Real Estate Market
  • The Customer View: What Matters in Retail & Offices from the Tenants
  • Tech Talk: Connecting, Creating & Managing Smart Buildings
  • Life In the Boardroom: Viewpoints from Powerful Women in Real Estate


  • Amazon
  • American Realty Advisors
  • AmTrust Title
  • Anchin Block & Anchin
  • Arrowstreet
  • ATCO
  • AvalonBay
  • Baker Tilly
  • Bancorp
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • BankUnited
  • Bozzuto Management Company
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
  • Capital One
  • Castellan Real Estate Partner
  • CB Title Group
  • CetraRuddy Architecture DPC
  • ClickPay
  • Clinton Management
  • Clune Construction
  • Commonwealth Land Title Insurance
  • Continental Ventures
  • The Corcoran Group
  • CREW Network
  • Douglaston Development
  • Durst Organization
  • Duval & Stachenfeld
  • EisnerAmper
  • Equity Residential
  • Fidelity National Title
  • First American Title Insurance Company
  • Four Springs Capital Trust
  • Fox Rothschild
  • Gables Residential
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • GreenOak
  • HFF
  • Hines
  • HSP Real Estate Group
  • iES
  • J.G. Petrucci
  • Jamestown
  • Jaros, Baum & Bolles
  • JLC & Associates
  • JLL
  • Keller Williams Tribeca
  • Kouzmanoff Bainton Architects
  • KPMG
  • Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
  • Lazard
  • Lehrer
  • Leslie J. Garfield & Co.
  • Lockton Companies
  • M&T Bank
  • Madison Commercial Real Estate Services
  • Magnusson Architecture and Planning
  • Marcus & Millichap
  • Mercantil Commercebank
  • Metropolitan Valuation Services
  • MKAssociates
  • Mortgage Bankers Association
  • NewHeight Group
  • The NHP Foundation
  • Prescott Group
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Procida Companies
  • Progressive Management Of New York
  • Pryor Cashman
  • PwC
  • RedinNYC
  • Residential Home Funding Corp.
  • Rosenberg & Estis
  • Roux Associates
  • RSM US
  • Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Shushana
  • Simone Development
  • Sky Management Corp.
  • Stewart Title Insurance
  • Strata Architects
  • Streetsense
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Sutton Alliance
  • Taconic Investment
  • Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
  • Taylor Hoving Realty Group
  • TH Real Estate
  • TitleVest
  • Trepp
  • Trinity Management
  • View the Space
  • Walker & Dunlop
  • WCD Group

Mentorship Program

We wanted to make it easy for prospective protégés to find a mentor at the 7th annual Real Estate Women’s Forum.  Attendees had the opportunity to participate in the speed networking activity where mentors networked with mentees with a goal of finding a long-lasting connection. The participating mentors currently included those below.

If you are interested in mentoring or being mentored next year, please email Amanda at

  • Mecky Adnani, The NHP Foundation
  • Antonina Agrusa, TerraCRG
  • Nancy Allison, Taylor Hoving Realty Group
  • Ann Barnesberger, Genetech
  • Luise Barrack, Rosenberg & Estis
  • Michelle Berliner, Emet Capital Management
  • Lynda Blumberg, Besen and Associates
  • Sharon Cadman, Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Christine Chipurnoi, USI Insurance Services
  • Jean Chou, JLC & Associates
  • Susan Curtis, RXR Realty
  • Cynthia Daly, Four Springs Capital Trust
  • Michelle Dandeneau, JLL
  • Dana Garfinkel, Hollister Construction Services
  • Andrea Gendel, Pryor Cashman LLP
  • Kimberly Giese, Northeast Energy Systems
  • Joy Habian, Durst Organization
  • Marcy Hart, Fox Rothschild
  • Suzanne Heidelberger, American Express
  • Jenna Howard, Lockton Companies
  • Kathy Kaye , Sotheby’s
  • Amy Korte, Arrowstreet
  • Shari Laskowitz, Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti
  • Steve Mandell, Anchin Block & Anchin
  • Wendy Mann, CREW Network
  • Rebecca Mason, OneTitle National Guaranty
  • Barbara McDuffie, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
  • Courtney McGuinn, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Christine Milne, AvalonBay
  • Ruth Mitteldorf, CNY Group
  • Mary Munoz, Hollister Construction Services
  • Michele O’Connor, CREW NY
  • Michele Ricca, FTI Consulting
  • Alison Robin, Levien
  • Lisa Rosenshein, Rosenshein Associates
  • Shannon Rzeznikiewicz, JLL
  • Diana Siegal, HSP Real Estate Group
  • Dianne Sinclair, Ernst & Young
  • Aida Stoddard, Twining Properties
  • Charlotte Sturgis, Rose Associates
  • Debra Tantleff, Tantum Realty
  • Jessica Toal, ASD|SKY
  • Colleen Wenke, Taconic Investment Partners
  • Renee Zimmerman, Winston & Strawn LLP


The following organizations support the 7th annual Real Estate Women’s Forum:

Get Involved!

Speakers & Agenda
Amanda Powers
(305) 206-2194

Sponsorship & Exhibiting
Amber Collins
(646) 783-3937

Attendee Registrations
Maria Bauser
(646) 862-9395

Event Details

Real Estate Women’s Forum New York
Friday, February 23, 2018
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

VENUE: The New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Ave
New York, NY 10001

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We believe in the magic that happens when the smartest, boldest minds come together resulting in business growth and industry evolution. We build high-value events that foster relationships, tap into intellectual wisdom, promote authentic interaction and create success for our clients.