August 23, 2023

NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate to Host Its Popular Annual National Symposium of Women in Real Estate on September 21 in NYC

Keynote Speaker Sabrina Kanner of Brookfield Properties Joins a Powerful  Lineup of Leading Industry Women Experts Speaking at This Year’s Symposium

NEW YORK, August 23, 2023 - On September 21, at the New York Hilton Midtown, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) will host the Sixth Annual NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate National Symposium of Women in Real Estate, where an influential group of women real estate executives and professionals will share their perspectives and insights on the state of real estate, industry trends, and career opportunities.

“Each year, the NYU SPS National Symposium of Women in Real Estate convenes women in senior leadership at the industry’s most prominent firms for a day of wide-ranging discussions on the current real estate market and forces shaping policy, investment, finance, development, and technology,” said Marc Norman, conference co-host, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment, and associate dean of the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate. “The money raised from the event supports the Women in Real Estate Scholarship Fund and academic programs for graduate and undergraduate students at the Schack Institute of Real Estate.”

According to Stephanie Wright, conference co-host and clinical assistant professor at the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, last year’s event attracted more than 400 attendees. “In addition to hearing from renowned industry experts and visionaries, our annual Symposium includes multiple networking breakouts and serves as a critical mentorship platform for the next generation of real estate industry leaders,” Wright added.

Along with a keynote address by Sabrina Kanner, executive vice president, development, Design & Construction at Brookfield Properties, current Symposium session participants include:

Finance Panel

Krystyna Blakeslee, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Jillian Mariutti, Senior Director, JLL Capital Markets, Americas
Laura Rapaport, Founder & CEO, North Bridge
Neha Santiago, Head of Real Estate Private Credit & Managing Director, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.
Miriam Wheeler, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Affordable Housing Panel

Laurie A. Grasso, Partner & Co-Chair of Global Real Estate, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Carolee Fink, Principal & Chief Operating Officer, Msquared
Leleah James, Vice President, Community Engagement, Related Affordable
Amanda Ryzowy, Partner, L+M Fund Management

Asset Management Panel

Sandra Jacobson, Partner, Allen Matkins


Lisa Bevacqua, Executive Vice President & Head of Asset Management, Silverstein Properties
Peggy DaSilva, Head of Asset Management, PIMCO Prime Real Estate
Lesley Lisser, LEED AP, Senior Director – Investment Management, Invesco Real Estate
Carly Miller, Managing Director, Head of U.S. Asset Management, PGIM Real Estate

Infrastructure/Construction Panel

Anita W. Laremont, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Melissa Burch, Chief Operating Officer, NYC Economic Development Corporation
Marie A. Corrado, Assistant Vice President, Major Programs, Gateway National Railroad Passenger Corp. (“Amtrak”)
Linda Foggie, Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate Operations, Citi
Helena Williams, Project Executive & Chief Executive Officer, JFK Millennium Partners, LLC

This year’s Symposium Chairs are:

  • Laurie Golub, chief operating officer and senior managing director at Square Mile Capital 
  • Joanne Minieri, senior executive vice president, chief operating officer of RXR Development Services RXR Construction Services
  • Darcy Stacom, chairman and head, New York City Capital Markets at CBRE

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About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent members of the New York City real estate community, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that would provide a world-class education for industry professionals. More than 50 years later, the Schack Institute is at the forefront of real estate education and is recognized globally as one of the world’s leading centers of real estate research and pedagogy. Across the Institute’s graduate degree programs—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as a rapidly expanding undergraduate degree program, enrollment has grown to more than 1,000 full- and part-time students from across the United States and nearly 50 other countries. In addition to its flagship degree programs, thousands of working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s executive education, diploma, and career advancement programs each year.

An anchor of real estate academia’s engagement with industry, the Institute is home to the REIT Center, the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and the newly established Urban Lab. In addition, the Institute hosts national industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and the REIT sector. Under the direction of the Schack Institute’s faculty, ongoing applied research at the Institute spans an exceptional range of issues in real estate development and investment, urban economics, and market structure and regulation.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
For nearly 90 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) has been a deeply respected institution of higher education grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 21 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and degree completion students, four associate degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the NYU SPS Institute on Federal Taxation, the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate;  the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, and the NYU Coaching and Technology Summit, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders is a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU SPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 41,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industries around the world. To learn more about NYU SPS, visit


Michael DeMeo