After nine years of successful events, 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 included a slate of panels on leadership, development and construction trends, emerging innovations and technology, as well as finance and investment activity. In addition, we hosted four private peer-to-peer roundtables for select leaders in CRE, multifamily, development and company leadership roles.

Reach out if you’d like to get involved next year!

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Samantha Williams
Event Director


Kate Bicknell
Head of New York Development
Oxford Properties Group

Jim Lapides

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

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

Lela Cirjakovic

Helena Durst
Durst Organization

Parkview Financial

Nancy Goldsmith
Managing Director, Operations

Johanna Greenbaum
Planning & Development Director
Sidewalk Labs


Jill Homan
Javelin19 Investments

Elizabeth Judd
Konover Commercial

Alan George

Katie Kennedy
Vice President, Commercial Real Estate
Capital One

Cooper Carry

Inna Khidekel
Bridge Investment Group

Milan Rubenstein

Hope Knight
President and CEO
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

Jerry Karlik

Sharon Liss
Managing Director
Sugar Hill Capital Partners

Kimberly Grimm

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 and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Hayford

Dana Roffman
Managing Director
Angelo, Gordon & Co.

Shazia Shahid
SVP of Development

Laurie Stanziale
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

Past Keynotes at a Glance

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
General Counsel & COO
HFZ Capital Group

Greta Guggenheim

Greta Guggenheim
CEO & President
TPG Real Estate Finance Trust

Leslie Himmel

Leslie Himmel
Co-Managing Partner
Himmel + Meringoff Properties

Purnima Kapur

Purnima Kapur
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
Vice Chairman

Mary Ann Tighe

Mary Ann Tighe
Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn Wylde

Kathryn Wylde
President & CEO
Partnership for New York City

Notable Speakers at a Glance

  • Gentry Ashmore-Hoit, GreenOak
  • Jacqueline Barr, Ted Moudis Associates
  • Liza Benson, Partner, Moderne Ventures
  • Jodi Berman, Stonehenge Management
  • Brittany Bragg, Crown Acquisitions
  • Melissa Burch, Lendlease
  • Suzanne Carlson, NBBJ
  • Leah Carr, Margules Properties
  • Shannon Chang, Silverback Development
  • Kathleen Corton, Hillcrest Finance
  • Lauren Crowley Corrinet, CBRE
  • Susan Curtis, RXR Realty
  • Diane Danielson, Sperry Van Ness
  • Natalie Diaz, Time Equities
  • Patricia Dunphy, Rockrose Development
  • Helena Durst, Durst Organization
  • Michele Fei, Extell Development
  • Cynthia Foster, Colliers International
  • Thais Galli, Tishman Speyer
  • Theresa Garelli, CREW New York
  • Cavarly Garrett, J.P. Morgan
  • Alicia Goldstein, HFZ
  • Julia Goldberg, BuzzFeed
  • Romy Goldman, Gold Development
  • Susan Hill, HFF
  • Katie Keenan, Blackstone
  • Lisa Kirsch, Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Andrea Kretchmer, Xenolith Partners
  • Lesley Lisser, Invesco
  • Jane Lyons, CREW New York
  • Melanie Meyers, Fried Frank
  • Toby Moskovits, Heritage Equity Partner
  • Jennifer Novack, Sousou Partners
  • Michele O’Connor, CREW New York
  • Andrea Olshan, Olshan Properties
  • Melissa Pianko, Gotham Organization
  • Alicia Popper, PBC USA Real Estate
  • Sara Queen, Mapletree
  • Laura Rapaport, L&L Holding Company
  • Samantha Sax, Elad Group
  • Lisa Sexton, Marriott International
  • Patricia Simone, Simone Development
  • Lori Sokol, NY Residential
  • Nicole Stent, Empire State Development
  • Debra Tentleff, TANTUM
  • Claire Thielke, Hines
  • Susan Tjarksen, KIG
  • Barbara Van Bueren, Anbau
  • Colleen Wenke, Taconic
  • Susi Yu, L&L Mag
  • Julie Zuraw, Argo Management

Who Sponsors

The sponsors of Real Estate Women’s Forum not only make this conference possible,
but they are among the most forward thinking organizations in the industry.

Past sponsors include.

Bright Power
Capital One
CBT Architects
CIT Bank
Cushman & Wakefield
Duval & Stachenfeld
Fried Frank
IF Studio
JPMorgan Chase
Marcus & Millichap
Marks Paneth
Marks Paneth
MM LaFleur
National Multifamily Housing Council
Olshan Frome Wolosky
Robinson & Cole
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin

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