July 23, 2020

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM | Keynote: 1:1 Unplugged

Hear the journey one CRE leader took to get where she is today.



Vicky Schiff, Managing Partner, MREC Management, LLC  & CCO, Mosaic Real Estate Investment 

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | State of the Industry: Discussing the Development and Capital Trends Shaping Commercial Real Estate

Most economists feel the US CRE market is still on strong footing even as a potential recession looms and the on-going trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue . While some sectors saw declines year-to-year the average property cap rate remained stable and the industry remains optimistic. There are some trends driving the transaction activity in the market like high liquidity and steady property values which continue to make real estate an attractive option for both US and foriegn investors. However, it’s not all positive as things like affordability remain an issue in multi-family and retail sees regular declines in activity. This session will examine the driving factors that continue to make real estate a coveted asset along with, our experts’ predictions for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.

Key Takeaways:

  • Insights on capital flow and interest rates
  • Top markets in 2020 and what demographics are driving activity
  • What to expect across all sectors?
  • What unexpected events like, trade wars or rising interest rates, could derail activity?



Latasha Edwards, Vice President, Asset Management, AvalonBay Communities

Jennifer Marler, Head of Real Estate, Guggenheim Real Estate

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Building an Advocacy Program that Promotes Mentorship & Allies

Women should be empowered at all levels in the workplace. To ensure your organization is building a culture that supports women empowerment oftentimes, advocacy programs are launched. Participating in these programs is about more than just making friends but also about fostering an environment that supports the women in your organization and helps them build relationships that could lead to career growth. In this interactive workshop, a panel of CRE leaders who have implemented successful women’s initiatives in their organizations will share how they’ve created women’s networks. The panelists will specifically address the ways they are focusing on mentorship and allies within these programs.

Key takeaways:

  • Develop framework for launching or expanding a women’s initiative to make an impact on career objectives, empowerment, advancement and recognition
  • What to consider for implementation and how to govern to ensure success
  • Setting the initiative’s goals to work within the corporate culture
  • Identifying and outlining the goals of an allies or mentorship relationship



Karen Tepera, Managing Director Client Services, Greystar

Sheri Thompson, SVP & FHA Finance Group Head, Walker Dunlop

Carmen Decker, President, Western Region, Kimco Realty

Suzanne Hollander, Esq, Professor, Florida International University 

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM | Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM | Building your Brand: Creating your Personal Elevator Pitch

This interactive panel discussion will focus on how to take charge of your career development and build your own business brand within your real estate firm. Topics discussed will include strategies for advocating for yourself & your team, and how to become an asset to any real estate organization and how to create your personal elevator pitch.



Vanessa Herzog, SIOR, CCIM, Principal, Lee & Associates

Barbara McDuffie, Managing Director, Baker Tilly

1:30 PM - 1:55 PM | 1:1 Unplugged

Hear the journey one CRE leader took to get where she is today.

1:55 PM - 2:55 PM | PropTech, AI & Data: How Technology is Reshaping the Way we Work

Technology is changing the way every industry functions and real estate is no different. A rise in proptech companies has led to advancements in augmented and virtual reality, greentech, property management, 3D printing, and even blockchain for real estate. Even the most simple augmented reality tools have revolutionized the property viewing experience. What can be expected as these tools become more advanced? This session will examine that question along with demonstrating some of the tools that are transforming real estate.

Key Takeaways:

  • A review of the proptech space and where the space is headed
  • Understand how to determine the right tools for your organization
  • Real examples of what Proptech has done to improve an organizations work



Cate Agnew, Head of Valuation, Natixis CIB Americas

2:55 PM - 3:30 PM | Open Networking Time

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Leisure Activities

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | GlobeSt. ELITE Women of Influence Awards Cocktail Reception

Please see the GlobeSt. ELITE Women of Influence Awards' website, HERE,  for further information. 

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | GlobeSt. ELITE Women of Influence Awards Dinner

Please see the GlobeSt. ELITE Women of Influence Awards' website, HERE,  for further information. 

July 24, 2020

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Breakfast & Yoga

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Keynote: Forecasting the Future for CRE



Rebecca Rockey, Economist / Global Head of Forecasting, Cushman & Wakefield

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM | Winning a Seat on Corporate Boards

When corporate boards are more diverse, everyone wins; from consumers to employees to shareholders. A 2015 finding by MSCI found that companies with at least one woman on the board outperformed other companies of similar size by at least 5% from 2012 to 2014. Today, we’re beginning to see legislators getting involved in this particular gender diversity issue and in 2018 we saw California become the first state to require every publicly held corporation have at least one woman on its board of directors by the end of 2019. Several other states have also passed non binding resolutions encouraging corporations to better gender diversify their boards which will hopefully signify a positive change on the horizon.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance and financial benefit of diversifying your board
  • The benefits of serving on a board
  • The path to secure your board seat



Jennifer Litwak, Executive Director, Housing on Merit

Cynthia Daly, Head of Underwriting and Asset Management, Four Springs Capital Trust

Genevieve West, Director, Healthcare Services, Howard Building Corporation

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM | Networking Break

10:40 AM - 11:05 AM | 1:1 Unplugged

Hear the journey one CRE leader took to get where she is today. 

11:05 AM - 11:35 AM | 1:1 Unplugged

Hear the journey one CRE leader took to get where she is today. 

11:35 AM - 1:00 PM | Luncheon Roundtable Sessions: From Urbanization to Tech Advancements, What’s Influencing Tenant Preference Across All Sectors?

In numerous surveys predicting the 2020 real estate trends, tenant experience was rated as a top priority for investors, developers, and brokers. This is largely due to a highly competitive market and changes in tenant preferences being driven by urbanization, globalization, changing workforce demands, and technology advancements. While many of the advancements are on the front end through smart buildings, personalization, and amenities, the back end advancements are giving executives the ability to better leverage data and improve operational efficiency. This session will review the trends taking place in tenant preferences and how leading commercial real estate companies are rising to the challenge.

After this presentation, attendees will be invited to join the conversation via guided networking roundtables advancement in specific real estate sectors. Please see the list below to select the roundtable you would like to join.

  1. Office
  2. Multifamily
  3. Industrial
  4. Medical Office / Healthcare
  5. Retail

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM | Best Practices for Negotiations

Negotiation skills are a necessity in executive management and they enhance conversations around topics such as: increasing department budgets, resources and compensation. Unfortunately, there are no magical phrases that can guarantee success. Even the most seasoned managers and executives need a compelling strategy before going into a negotiation. In this discussion, participants will share their strategies on how to demonstrate confidence, congeniality and the knowledge necessary to secure positive results.



Kay Davis, Executive Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank

Patricia Aluisi, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, MB Real Estate

Nicole Morse, Western Regional Manager, Construction Services, Hillmann Consulting, LLC

Alison Burk, Partner and Vice President of Development, Fore Property

2:00 PM - | Program Closes