Women have the edge at annual speakers forum

Steven Spinola
President, Real Estate Board of New York

In its second year, the Real Estate Weekly Women’s Forum offers a day of great networking and interesting speakers and panels featuring female industry leaders, many of whom are Real Estate Board of New York members.

Those who attend the event on Wed., Feb. 27 will be able to create new connections, find mentors, and share and learn about career and business opportunities in each of the key sectors of the real estate industry.  More than 500 are expected to attend. REBNY members get a 25 percent off discount on registration for the event, held from 7:45 am to 5:40 pm at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center, 1221 Avenue of the Americas.

This year’s theme of "Women Who ...” will provide insight and access to industry leaders in a wide range of areas from deal making to development to institutional and governmental players. There will also be interactive networking sessions to facilitate new connections.

I encourage all to take advantage of this great career-building opportunity. According to organizers, a special theme of mentorship has also emerged this year. Women from different generations are working together for their panel discussions and they are encouraging others to embrace this type of mentorship.

Mary Ann Tighe, Chief Executive Officer of New York Region, CBRE and former REBNY Chairman, chose Jennifer Novack, Head of Americas, Sousou Partners to interview her for the afternoon’s Keynote Conversation: How Did I Get Here? Attendees will get insight into Mary Ann’s successful career story and what she learned along the way.

For the morning Keynote Presentation, the State of the Market will be discussed by Annemarie DiCola, Chief Executive Officer of Trepp who will give an overview of the market, the results of the fiscal cliff and an outlook on how our industry will be affected in the coming year. Another great topic will be The Journey to St. Vincent’s, discussed by Melanie Meyers, Partner at Fried Frank and Samantha Rudin Earls, Vice President of Rudin Management Company.

REBNY members can use code 25REBNY to get 25 percent off registration. Go to www.rewomensforum.com or email info@rewomensforum.com. REW Women’s Forum will donate a portion of each registration to Uniting Against Lung Cancer, which is dedicated to funding innovative research and raising awareness to find a cure for lung cancer.

REBNY Members who are participating in Real Estate Weekly Women’s Forum include:

Sue Ansel, President  & Chief Executive Officer, Gables Residential
Luise A. Barrack, Managing Partner, Rosenberg & Estis
Cheryl Boyer, President, Lodging Advisors, President, WX
Lisa Brill, Partner, Shearman & Sterling
Melissa Burch, Senior Vice President, Forest City Ratner Companies
Juliet Clapp, Sales Director, Town Residential
Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman – The Retail Group, Douglas Elliman
Patricia Dunphy, Senior Vice President, Rockrose Development
Christiana Foglio, Founder and CEO, Community Investment Strategies
Roxana Girand, Executive Managing Director, Murray Hill Properties
Romy Goldman, Founder, Gold Development
Miriam Harris, Senior Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Nicola Heryet, Principal, Cassidy Turley
Highlyann Krasnow, Partner, MNS
Jill Lovatt, First Vice President – Retail Leasing, Massey Knakal
Michele Medaglia, President & CEO, ACC Construction Corporation
Audrey Novoa, Executive Managing Director, Murray Hill Properties
Robbin Orbison, CFO, Silverstein Properties, Founder, AWA+RE
Melissa Pianko, Executive Vice President – Development, Gotham Organization
Laura Yablon Rapaport, Senior Vice President, L&L Holding Company
Nina Roket, Partner, Olshan
Belinda Schwartz, Partner, Herrick
Eileen Spinola, Senior Vice President, REBNY
Tara Stacom, Executive Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield
Elise Wagner, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

In other REBNY News:

It’s your last chance to attend the 15th Annual Residential Management Awards Leadership Breakfast, where Michael Rothschild of AJ Clarke Real Estate will be honored as The Residential Management Executive of the Year from 8:30 to 10 am on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street. Shaun Donovan, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is the Keynote Speaker. For sponsorship and table reservation information, contact Cindy Ramotar at cramotar@rebny.com or 212-616-5232.