5th Annual Women in Real Estate Summit in Chicago, IL

22 Mar 2024

On March 6, 2024, the 5th Annual Women in Real Estate Summit was held in Chicago, IL

The Summit touched on topical issues facing the industry today.

Special attention was paid to the contribution of women working in real estate and ways to solve the problems they face.

Panels and Speakers

Women Paving the Way in Commercial Construction

2023 commercial construction recap. How is inflation and labor costs impacting the construction industry? Major projects you are working on? Future outlook, trends and predictions of the commercial construction industry. Promoting women and diversity in construction.

Moderator – Mary Person, Senior Vice President, Public-Private Initiatives, Clayco


-Candace Small, Design Phase Manager, Mortenson

-Kristen Fuentes, Director of Virtual Construction, Pepper Construction Company

-Melissa Bogusch, President | Managing Principal | Architect of Record, Whitney Architects

-Neely Sadowski, President of Construction, The Missner Group

State of the Market Update: Industrial, Office, Retail, Multifamily Finance & Investments

Is office leasing going to rebound – Where are vacancy rates at? Is industrial showing any signs of slowing down? Why retail is not dead? Multifamily continues to rise. Outlook for interest rate movement: continued inflationary concerns. Future forecasts and trends.

Moderator – Karen Kulczycki, Vice President, SVN Chicago Commercial


– Amanda Ortiz, Director of U.S. Industrial & Logistics Research, CBRE

-Amy Hall, Chief Operating Officer, CATON Commercial

– Carrie Szarzynski, Senior Managing Director, Head of Management Services, Hiffman National

-Melanie Jefferies, Principal, Milhouse Development

-Susan Tjarksen, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Notable Women in Commercial Real Estate

Mentorships, finding and cultivating relationships. Tips and advice on negotiating your worth. What actions did you take that best helped you rise to where you are now. Being a champion for change: Continuing to improve the outlook for Women

Moderator –  Elizabeth O’Brien, Partner, Leader of Real Estate Practice Group, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC


Jessica Caffrey, Executive Director, Cook County Land Bank Authority

-Mary Ludgin, Senior Advisor & Global Investment Committee Member, Heitman

-Randy Fifield, Founder & Chairwoman, Randy Fifield Modern Living

-Regina Stilp, Founding Principal, Farpoint Development

For more information about the event, please visit: https://site.pheedloop.com/event/WOMENinCRE2024/home/


By Alex Arlander, Gilbert Castro | ENC News


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