8th Annual Real Estate Women's Forum

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8th Annual Real Estate Women's Forum

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm


Now in its eighth year, REWF has become a reliable annual gathering that spotlights industry leading as well as up-and-coming female executives in commercial real estate, specifically emphasizing the achievements of women who are active developers, investors, owners and operators of investment real estate.

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. Attendance is open to all.

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 activity. In addition, we are hosting four private peer-to-peer roundtables for select leaders in CRE, multifamily, development and company leadership roles.

Recruitment has started. Reach out if you’d like to get involved on stage or in a closed-door roundtable. Or register now to take advantage of the pre-launch registration rate.

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OrganizerRachel GoldenCall (347) 689-4706
RegistrationClaudia GutwirthCall (646) 862-6125
SponsorshipAmber CollinsCall (646) 783-3937


Thursday, February 28, 2019

7:45 AM

Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

9:15 AM

Changing the Face of Real Estate: Development & Construction Trends

E-commerce, changing demographics & lifestyles, wellness & sustainability, rising interest rates, smart technologies, labor constraints, and an affordable housing shortage are just a few of the many opportunities and challenges forcing change in development and construction. No doubt, 2019 will be a transformative year in real estate, and a growing number of women executives are leading the way. Join us to hear from top women in development and construction who have their fingers on the pulse of the latest trends, as they lead their organizations into the next cycle of real estate development.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • How do you see Amazon’s new HQ in LIC affecting new development opportunities in NYC?
  • What innovations, such as micro-units, modular construction, mass timber or beyond are you pursuing?
  • What are your strategies for working with skyrocketing construction costs, union and non-union labor?
  • How do you best take advantage of Opportunity Zones before the window closes?
  • Where are you looking for new development sites? How does NYC compare to opportunities elsewhere?

Moderated by:

  • Laurie Stanziale, Partner, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin


  • Kate Bicknell, Head of NY Development, Oxford Properties
  • Megumi Brod, SVP – Development, Rockefeller Group
  • Hope Knight, President & CEO, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
  • Shazia Shahid, SVP – Development, Midwood

10:00 AM

Room at the Top: Organizational, Industry & Social Leadership

While the number women taking leadership positions in real estate has been increasing, there is still much room for improvement, with only about 10% of C-Suite roles held by women and a persistent pay gap for those who do occupy such roles. Outside the C-Suite, leadership takes many forms, from civic leadership to mentoring others, as well as thought leadership to guide the industry as it transforms and addresses key challenges. Join us to hear from top women as they discuss leadership in all its forms as well as paying it forward through mentorship.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • How do you define leadership, and how do set your leadership goals?
  • What do you see as the key success factors to become a master at organizational leadership?
  • How important is social / civic leadership to you? What areas do you focus on, and where is more leadership needed?
  • Given today’s state of the market, what are you doing to help transform your area of the industry? What industry-wide challenges are you trying to solve?
  • In what ways were you mentored, and how do you mentor today? What tips would you offer up-and-coming professionals and executives?

Moderated by:

  • Betsy Feigin Befus, General Counsel, National Multifamily Housing Council


  • Helena Durst, Principal, Durst Organization
  • Elizabeth Judd, President, Konover Commercial
  • Alisa Mall, Director of Investments, Real Estate & Natural Resources, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Joanne Podell, EVC, Retail Services, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Donna Preiss, Founder & CEO, The Preiss Company

10:40 AM

Networking Break

11:10 AM

Real Estate Revolution: Emerging Trends in Innovation, Finance & Technology

Innovation in commercial real estate is accelerating. A once sleepy industry averse to change is rapidly embracing technology as never seen before. At the same time, external events and trends are forcing change, creating unprecedented challenges and opening the door to new opportunities. In all areas of finance, operations, investment and development, new trends are surfacing that are poised to disrupt and create a new cohort of successful entrepreneurs and real estate players. Join us to hear from top women at the forefront of innovation in their organizations and the industry, to dive into some of the most relevant trends emerging today, with a special discussion of today’s hottest emerging trend: Opportunity Zones.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the key emerging trends that you see having the greatest impact upon your work and the industry?
  • How is technology being embraced in your business? Where are you investing in new technology initiatives, and what outcomes do you expect?
  • How do you see development and operation of properties changing due to recent and emerging technology and demographic changes?
  • In what ways are you leading change in the transformation of cities and neighborhoods into more efficient, affordable and livable communities?
  • How are you taking advantage of Opportunity Zones? How do they work and what is needed to make use of them?


  • Nancy J. Goldsmith, Managing Director, Operations, Bozzuto Management
  • Johanna Greenbaum, Planning & Development Director, Sidewalk Labs
  • Jill Homan, President, Javelin 19 Investments
  • Clare Newman, Chief of Staff and EVP, Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Carol Rosenthal, Partner, Fried Frank

11:55 AM

Movers, Shakers & Dealmakers: Real Estate Finance & Investment Strategies

Deal volume and investment activity peaked several years ago, and the frothy days of 2014 and 2015 are behind us, ushering in an era of high asset prices and slower deal flow. No longer can you confidently point to a single asset class or geographic area as a major area of opportunity. The market seems picked over, creating challenges for those involved in acquisitions, investments and lending, and yet smart money stays active. Join us to hear from top women who lead investment, financing and lending activity for their respective firms.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What are you doing to stay active today? Where are you sourcing new deals?
  • What are some examples of recent deals you have done that exemplify the state of the market and highlight the opportunities available today?
  • Debt funds seem to be the business-model-de-jour for many equity shops; how do you view this trend? How is it impacting the lending landscape?
  • How important are Opportunity Zones to your firm? How are you getting involved? Will OZs spur new levels of investment and development?
  • With interest rates continuing to rise, troubles in the stock market and continued political and global uncertainty, how do you see the real estate finance market playing out over the next year?


  • Gena Cheng, Managing Director, USAA
  • Katie Kennedy, Vice President, Capital One
  • Inna Khidekel, Managing Director, Capital Markets Group, Bridge Investments
  • Sharon Liss, Managing Director, Sugar Hill Capital Partners
  • Dana Roffman, Managing Director, Angelo Gordon & Company

12:35 PM

Networking Reception

Kate Bicknell Head of New York Development Oxford Properties Group
Megumi Brod SVP Regional Development Officer Northeast Region Rockefeller Group
Gena Cheng Managing Director USAA
Helena Durst Principal Durst Organization
Nancy J. Goldsmith Managing Director - Property Operations Bozzuto
Nancy Goldsmith has worked with the principals of The Bozzuto Group for 25 years. Nancy oversees operations for an apartment portfolio of over 33,000 units across 119 communities, and nearly one million square feet of commercial and retail space, in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Maryland. She works in conjunction with the executive team to drive performance at the property level and provides strategic support to her team, clients and business development initiatives.
Johanna Greenbaum Planning & Development Director Sidewalk Labs
Jill Homan President Javelin19 Investments
Jill Homan is President of Javelin 19 Investments, a Washington, DC-based real estate investment and development firm with more than $155 million in investments and transactions and a leader in the new Opportunity Zone ("OZ") area. Ms. Homan has more than fifteen years' experience in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development, financing, asset management and leasing totaling over $400 million in total capitalization.
Elizabeth Judd President Konover Commercial
Inna Khidekel Managing Director - Capital Markets Group Bridge Investment Group
Inna Khidekel, CFA, serves as a Partner at Bridge Investment Group, a real estate private equity investment manager and owner-operator with approximately $15 billion AUM, and Managing Director in its Capital Markets Group. In this capacity, Ms. Khidekel's principal role is to expand Bridge's business and product development efforts with institutional investors around the world. Ms. Khidekel serves on the Investment Committee for Bridge Workforce and Affordable Housing. Ms. Khidekel is also the Chair of the Bridge Charitable Giving Committee. Before joining Bridge, Ms. Khidekel worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Investment Management Division in New York and Chicago where she served as a trusted advisor and managed assets for institutional and ultra-high net worth investors. Ms. Khidekel served on a 3-person advisory team with over $4 billion in assets under management. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Khidekel worked for Lehman Brothers and Nomura in their London offices, most recently as a Vice President and founding team member in High Yield and Distressed Credit, advising institutional clients on navigating the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. She began her career at Lehman Brothers on a start-up Emerging Markets Equities trading desk in London. Ms. Khidekel is a frequent commentator on real estate and the affordable housing crisis in the US and has been published or quoted in a number of publications, such as WallStreet Journal, National Real Estate Investor, Affordable Housing Finance, Multifamily Executive and MultiBriefs Exclusive. Ms. Khidekel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in Finance and Legal Studies & Business Ethics, and her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Ms. Khidekel is fluent in Russian.
Hope Knight President & CEO Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Sharon Liss Managing Director Sugar Hill Capital Partners
Alisa Mall Director of Investments Real Estate & Natural Resources Carnegie Corporation of New York
Clare Newman Chief of Staff & EVP Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Donna Preiss Founder & CEO PREISS
Dana Roffman Managing Director Angelo, Gordon & Co.
Shazia Shahid SVP - Development Midwood
Shazia Shahid is Senior Vice President of Design and Development at Midwood Investment and Development. Shazia oversees design for Midwood's entire portfolio including new developments, renovations and repositioning of existing buildings. Shazia joined Midwood in 2010 and since then she has been involved in developing and designing luxury residential and mix-use buildings. Prior to that she was AVP at Related Companies, responsible for design decision over a range of projects including numerous ground-up luxury rentals and condos. She is an architect by training with over 20 years' experience in overseeing and managing design professionals and working closely with construction and finance teams.
Betsy Feigin Befus General Counsel National Multifamily Housing Council
Betsy Feigin Befus is General Counsel with the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), where she has principal responsibility for developing legal strategies and providing guidance to advance organizational goals across NMHC's functional areas. Betsy leads NMHC's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, a comprehensive effort to advance diversity and inclusion for the multifamily housing industry. She also directs NMHC's legal advocacy and amicus brief program. Based in Washington, D.C., NMHC provides leadership for the rental apartment industry on legislative and regulatory matters, advances research and the exchange of strategic business information, and promotes the desirability of apartment living.
Katie Kennedy Vice President Capital One
Katie joined Capital One in 2009 as a Private Banking Associate covering a total of $1B in deposits for New York based real estate developers and handling all their treasury and cash management needs. In 2012, she joined the Mid-Atlantic loan originations team and is currently responsible for the New Jersey market with a total of $600MM in new loan originations for 2016 - 2018.
Carol Rosenthal Partner Fried Frank
Carol Rosenthal is a member of the Real Estate Department resident in Fried Frank's New York office. She joined the Firm as a partner in 2007. View Profile
Laurie Stanziale Partner Tarter Krinsky & Drogin
Laurie Stanziale is a partner in Tarter Krinsky & Drogin's Construction Practice. She represents domestic and international developers and owners, major construction companies, trade contractors, architects, engineers and consultants. As a business partner, she guides clients in all phases of construction law including the preparation and negotiation of agreements with neighboring properties for easements, licenses and access; construction and design contracts; insurance policies, financing and leases; vendor and end-user agreements; and non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements. Laurie also prosecutes and defends construction claims in state and federal courts.
MaryAnne Gilmartin Founder & CEO L&L MAG


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