NEW! Real Estate Career Workshop with Jennifer Novack, Head of the Global Real Estate Practice at Sheffield Haworth!


Need some quick career counseling advice? Can't decide which offer to take? Interested in a career in Real Estate, but don't know where to start??

Spend time with Jennifer Novack (College ’99-00), Head of the Global Real Estate Practice at Sheffield Haworth, a global executive search and advisory firm with offices in the US, Europe, Middle East, India and Asia.  Hear her perspectives on current global trends in hiring and feel free to ask any questions you have.  READ MORE

Held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm at Harvard i-Lab, on Sat April 8! No registration needed, included in general ticket along with all the other events across the 2-days of the Real Estate Weekend @ Harvard! Afterwards, don't forget to drop by for our SATURDAY KEYNOTE with MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies at 5pm— you won't want to miss this!

MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies


Urban Land Institute (ULI) has recently covered MaryAnne Gilmartin on their Leading Voices Podcast! She will also be joining us as our SATURDAY KEYNOTE at the Harvard Real Estate Weekend on Sat April 8. Check out her interview here!

MaryAnne Gilmartin is president and chief executive officer of Forest City Ratner Companies, the New York office of Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.

Gilmartin has been point person in the development of some of the most high-profile real estate projects in New York City, including Pacific Park Brooklyn, The New York Times Building and New York by Gehry. In addition to these projects, Gilmartin has managed the commercial portfolio at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

Jilliene Helman, CEO and Co-Founder of RealtyMogul.com in conversation with Shekar Narasimhan, Managing Partner of Beekman Advisors

Jilliene Helman, CEO and Co-Founder of RealtyMogul.com in conversation with Shekar Narasimhan, Managing Partner of Beekman Advisors

Jilliene is the CEO and Co-Founder of RealtyMogul.com and is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and operations. Jilliene, who sits on RealtyMogul.com’s board, has underwritten over $5 billion of real estate and was previously a Vice President at Union Bank, where she spent time in Wealth Management, Finance and Risk Management. Jilliene is a Certified Wealth Strategist®, holds Series 7, Series 63, and Series 24 licenses and has a degree in Business from Georgetown University.

Shekar Narasimhan is the Managing Partner at Beekman Advisors which provides strategic advisory services to companies and investors involved in real estate, mortgage finance, affordable housing and related sectors. He also serves as Chairman of Papillon Capital, focused on sustainable infrastructure investing, and is Co-founder of the Emergent Institute in Bangalore, India. Prior to Beekman Advisors, Shekar Narasimhan was a Managing Director of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, one of the nation's leading providers of commercial mortgage financing. Immediately prior to Shekar’s time at Prudential, he was Chairman & CEO of the WMF Group, a publicly traded, commercial mortgage financial services company. WMF was one of the largest such firms in the country before being acquired by Prudential in 2000. 


Investing in US Equity & Credit in an Era of Heightened Uncertainty


As an asset class, real estate continues to attract significant capital driven by today’s low interest rate environment.Together we discuss the opportunities and risks created by political, demographic, capital flow and technological shifts.


Charlie Wu, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration and Managing Director and Founding Partner, BayNorth Capital

Onay Payne, Equity Owner and Director of Clarion Partners
Sharmil S. Modi, Principal at The Baupost Group
Andrew Shore, Principal of Ares Management
Carlos Febres-Mazzei, Director at Eastdil Secured

James Chung, President of Reach Advisors


James Chung is President of Reach Advisors, a strategy, research and predictive analytics firm. The firm works with organizations making strategy and capital expenditure bets to outperform their market as the future unfolds differently than their industry has seen up to this point. 

James also runs Reach Advisors Ventures, incubating and investing in new ventures derived from the intellectual capital of Reach Advisors. He also serves as chairman of a data science venture launching in 2016 that applies machine learning to extract future trends from large-scale public data sets.

Strategies to Create New Urban Districts: Anchoring Mixed-Use Developments


With changes in demographics, lifestyles, work environments, and entertainment options, comes the shifts in mixed use strategies when (re)creating urban districts. 


John D. Macomber, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School

Fred Cooper, SVP of Toll Brothers
Mark Spector, SVP of NYCEDC (former President of Hudson Yards Development Corp.)
Adam Meister, VP Development of Howard Hughes
Catherine Malmberg Dannenbring, Director Development of Thor Equities
Nicholas Jay Iselin, General Manager of Development at Lendlease

Launching Your Own Real Estate Venture


A candid conversation about the trade-offs associated with launching your own venture (e.g. work/life balance, compensation, career satisfaction, etc). Our panelists, who have pursued their real estate passions at an early stage in their careers, will explore the following questions: What are the most important factors one should weigh when deciding whether to stake out on their own? Does it always make sense to raise financing for real estate deals via a fund structure or is it best to pursue deal-by-deal financing? 


Nori Gerardo Lietz, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

David Colman, Principal of Roco Real Estate
Dwight Angelini, Founding Partner of Longpoint Realty Partners
Craig Young, Founder and Managing Principal of Tidewater Capital
Maximillian Amster, Managing Director and Partner of Avesta Communities LLC

New Age Models of Hospitality


Come and explore the new age business models in hospitality, through the first hand experiences of the most innovative hospitality founders and the most savvy hospitality focused real estate investors.


Alexander Mirza, President & CEO of Cachet Hospitality Group

Jason Brown, Chief Development Officer of YOTEL
Brenna Halliday, VP Strategic Insights of Host Hotels & Resorts
Vicki Poulos, Senior Director of Global Brand Management at Moxy Hotels of Marriott International
Mark Owens, EVP and Head of Hospitality Capital Markets of CBRE Hotels
Adam Hochfelder, Managing Director of Real Estate Acquisitions & Development of Merchants Hospitality

One-Day Program to Pitch and Develop Proposal in front of Acclaimed Judges

One-Day Program to Pitch and Develop Proposal in front of Acclaimed Judges


This event is now SOLD OUT! Sign-up for WAIT LIST!

The Development Workshop is a one-day program in which students and young professionals will be placed in interdisciplinary teams and led by a coach to pitch a development proposal for a real-life RFP to a panel of judges.


Alex Krieger, FAIA Professor in Practice of Urban Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Principal at NBBJ
MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies
Jim Halliday, Managing Director at NB Development Group
Steven D. Fessler, Head of Enterprise Real Estate at Harvard University
Richard Askin, Director of Planning and Design at W/S Development
Dr. Bing Wang, Associate Professor in Practice of Real Estate and the Built Environment at Harvard Graduate School of Design

Charles Myerson, Tishman Speyer
Atif Qadir, Extell
Pan Pan, Howard Hughes
Duncan Peng Dong, Greenland USA
Alex Antolino, DDR
Yung Vu, Natixis CIB Americas
Gretchen M. Krueger, New York City Economic Development Corp.
Julie Zelermyer Perlman, Bozzuto


ARGUS Enterprise

We are pleased to offer partially subsidized ARGUS training by a licensed ARGUS professional. Participants must bring their own laptops. Training manuals will be provided. Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon completion of training. We will email you with more details regarding software downloads, trial periods, as information is made available. 



“Real Estate Venture Competition” (REVC) challenges participants to rethink the possibilities within the real estate and built environment space and will spotlight top real estate start-ups across the globe with the potential to materially impact the industry through innovative business strategy and creative execution. Teams will compete in a two-day pitch competition judged by thought leaders and key influencers from the worlds of real estate and investing. Top finalists will present in front of the full audience and main judging panel at the end of “RE_SHIFTS” conference programming.

Exploring Untapped Tech Opportunities and Industry Disruptors


The traditional real estate business model is undergoing transformation, and new players are introduced along with unique investment opportunities. Panelists will explore the challenges facing the industry and how technology and innovation will propel it into the future.


Roberto Charvel, Harvard Business School Alumni '01

Marc Rutzen, Co-Founder and CTO of Enodo Score
Irina Mladenova, ‎President and Head of Product Strategy of Rifiniti
JP Ackerman, VP Client Development of HouseCanary Inc.
Sara Queen, EVP Asset Management of Brookfield
Britt Zaffir, Director of Real Estate Acquisitions of Common

The Evolving Workplace: How Innovation is Shifting Commercial Office Development


Innovation and technology are changing how and where we work. They are a central part of corporate strategy to gain competitive advantage in the 21st century. What strategies are developers and investors pursuing to understand and leverage innovation and technology in office buildings? What is the effect of these spaces on the urban economy?

Panel Director:
Andrew Wade (MDes '18)

Dr. Jesse M. Keenan, Lecturer in Architecture and Real Estate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Andrew Laing, Head of Workplace Strategy and Design of Bridgewater Associates
Thomas Vecchione, Director of Workplace Strategy and Headquarters Planning, Gensler
Peter Miscovich, Managing Director of JLL
Tim Rowe, Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center