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Author Holland Haiis Consciously Connecting during 2018 REW Women’s Forum

Acclaimed author and business consultant Holland Haiis has joined the all-star lineup of presenters at the seventh-annual Real Estate Weekly Women’s Forum.

Haiis, best known for her ground-breaking book Consciously Connecting: A Simple Process to Reconnecting in a Disconnected World, joins a diverse cast of successful businesswomen already set to speak at the June 5 event, a list that includes Wendy Silverstein, president and CEO of New York REIT.

“We are honored and thrilled to bring some of the city’s most accomplished female leaders together under one roof to connect, learn from one another and, most importantly, be heard,” said Real Estate Weekly editor Linda O’Flanagan.

The forum, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New York Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, will feature a pair of uplifting keynote addresses and two panel discussions touching on some of the most pertinent topics in today’s real estate industry.

Silverstein, a former executive vice president and co-head of acquisitions and capital markets at Vornado, will lead off the event with the first keynote speech followed by the panel “Millennial Managers: Next generation leaders talk workplace dynamics.”

The rising stars in that group include Jessica Sherman, project manager for Douglaston Development; Anita Gupta, vice president of Chatham Management; Sarah Jones-Maturo, president of RM Friedland and Christie Houlihan, senior director and counsel at Houlihan Parnes.

The second panel is “Office Politics: Who, what, why and how industry moves,” featuring Julie Whelan, head of occupier research for CBRE; Elisabeth Post-Marner, principal at Spacesmith; Erika Jean McNeil, senior vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle and Janet Jenkins, director of transit development in the city’s Transportation Department.

Haiis will present between the panels, sharing her strategies for unplugging and living a more balanced life, one that is not consumed by emails, text message and smartphones.

With a background in business and behavioral psychology, Haiis has spent the last three decades designing corporate strategies that facilitate deeper human relationships and encourage creativity.
“In today’s technology-saturated world, it’s hard not to avoid the constant temptation of screens,” O’Flanagan said. “I look forward to hearing what Holland has to say.

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