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NYU Institute of Real Estate holds conference on women in industry

(L-R) Roxanne Donovan, president, Great Ink Communications (moderator); Suri Kasirer, president and founder, Kasirer; Janine Yorio, chief executive officer, Compound Asset Management Inc.; Aine O’Dwyer, chief executive officer and owner, Enovate Engineering.

The NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate hosted the third National Symposium of Women in Real Estate on Thursday, October 10 at the Grand Hyatt New York at Grand Central. Close to 500 attended the symposium, which convened industry leaders who provided their distinct views on the future of capital markets, innovations in design and construction, women’s entrepreneurship, the emerging proptech space, and advice for students who seek to break into the real estate industry.

Margaret Chinwe Anadu, partner, head of the Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs; and Darcy Stacom, chairman and head of New York City Capital Markets, CBRE (moderator)
Photos by Olivo, courtesy of NYU Photo Bureau

An afternoon panel moderated by Roxanne Donovan, president, Great Ink Communications, focused on women-founded businesses. During the discussion, three women entrepreneurs — Suri Kasirer, president and founder, Kasirer; Janine Yorio, chief executive officer, Compound Asset Management Inc.; and Aine O’Dwyer, chief executive officer and owner, Enovate Engineering — shared stories of how they started their own businesses. Each also discussed strategies for effective leadership and difficult conversations with employees and clients, the value of having a MWBE certification, and advice for budding entrepreneurs.

Over lunch, CBRE’s Darcy Stacom spoke with Goldman Sachs’ Margaret Chinwe Anadu, the winner of this year’s WiRE Leadership Award. In the conversation, Anadu discussed her upbringing in Nigeria and Texas, her transition to the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs, and the importance of public-private partnerships. Anadu also talked about her interest in how spaces and the built environment impact not only the way people live and work, but also how people perceive themselves and their ability to achieve. Toward the end, Stacom shared a video featuring one of Anadu’s recent award-winning projects, Essex Crossing, on the Lower East Side.

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