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L&L Holding’s Laura Yablon Rapaport has eye on future

L&L Holding Company’s Laura Yablon Rapaport has joined the lineup of speakers set to take part in the 2016 Real Estate Weekly Womenʼs Forum.

A senior vice president at L&L, Rapaport will discuss trends in office leasing with fellow panelists Lisa Kiell, international director in the Tenant Representation Group at JLL, Cynthia Foster, president, National Office Services, Colliers International and, Snezana Anderson, senior vice president, CBRE.


L&L has been at the forefront of upgrading the city’s office stock to cater to today’s more tech-savvy tenants, recently picking up a plethora of awards for the redevelopment of 390 Madison Avenue and kudos for the Norman Foster-designed 425 Park Avenue, 114 Fifth Avenue, 195 Broadway and 200 Fifth Avenue.

“The office stock in Manhattan is extremely old; older than that of Paris or London, so at L&L Holding Company, we re-imagine these older buildings for the 21st century office user,ˮ said Rapaport.

“We have a tenant centric view when we redevelop a property; we want to deliver spaces to them that are the most productive to work in, the best platform for recruiting and help to create a company culture that keeps their employees happy.

“Our expertise lies in executing these redevelopments beautifully, despite zoning and landmarks restrictions and leasing them at record breaking rents.”

The Women’s Forum, this year being co-hosted by EisnerAmper, will take place at the Bar Building, 36 West 44th Street, on May 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Veteran lawmaker and women’s rights stalwart Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will deliver a keynote address that highlights work being done to develop a modern infrastructure that will allow New York City to maintain its position among the world’s key global gateways.

Over 500 attendees, both male and female, will hear from innovators and trailblazers who, among them, have been responsible for shaping today’s real estate landscape.

Laura Pomerantz, vice chairman & head of strategic accounts at Cushman and Wakefield, will take part in a panel focused on the Outer Boroughs.

Laura Pomerantz
Laura Pomerantz

She said she is looking forward to a fulfilling morning at the event, which has become an annual staple on the calendars of real estate executives.

“I think real estate especially has always been, from a gender standpoint, a bit of a man’s game,” said Pomerantz. “There have always been more men in real estate than women.

“I think one of the most important skills that a professional has to have in business is sensitivity, good listening skills, good networking, and maintaining relationships, and I find women are really good at that. And it works when you have people to mentor you. And women really understand how important it is to mentor other women, and younger people, and wanting women to come into business.”

Tickets and sponsorship are still available for the Women’s Forum. To find out more and for a full list of speakers, visit

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