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Women set to take center stage as arbiters of industry trends

Real Estate Weekly will continue to champion the role of women in real estate during it seventh annual Women’s Forum on June 5.

The industry’s most trusted and respected title will welcome a line-up of some of the most accomplished female leaders in the industry and hear from the next generation of women blazing a trail in the sector.

The event next Tuesday will be held at The New York City Bar Association from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature opportunities to learn from women who have worked their way to the top, to network with brokers, developers, architects and lawyers and to come together to explore issues involving the industry.

The forum’s theme this year is Make Your Voice Heard and speakers will help to address the challenge of breaking through the glass ceiling in a male-dominated business.

The forum kicks off with keynote speech from industry veteran Wendy Silverstein (pictured top).

Known for her grit and business acumen after serving as an executive vice president with Vornado Realty Trust, Silverstein is now president and CEO of New York REIT.

A recognized mentor, she will offer her thoughts on tackling the myriad issues of women in the workplace and offer inspired advice on how to make it to the top.

The panel Millennial Managers will cover how some accomplished young women fast-tracked their careers by grinding their way to success within legacy real estate companies.


The panel will cover how they incorporated fresh ideas into their companies while also creating opportunities for themselves.


The panel will be moderated by Ilene Morrison from Marks Paneth and include Jessica Sherman from Douglaston Development, Anita Gupta of Chatam Management, Sarah Jones


Maturo from RM Friedland and Christie L. Houlihan from Houlihan Parnes.

There will be an opportunity to network and hear from author Holland Haiis, hailed as a Digital Detox expert by CNN for her ground-breaking ideas on succeeding in an increasingly complicated workplace.

And industry veterans Kimberley Brennan, COO of Colliers, Spacesmith’s Elisabeth Post-Marner, CBRE’s Julie Whelan, Erika Jean McNeil from JLL and New York City’s Department of Transportation senior director Janet Jenkins will debate the impact of corporate behemoths such as Google and Amazon on New York’s real estate landscape.

“Our annual forum has become a staple of the New York real estate calendar and I can’t wait to hear how the women we have drawn together to speak this year make their mark on the industry with their remarkable insights and thought-provoking debate,” said REW editor, Linda O’Flanagan.

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