Panel Discussions and Featured Speakers

Panel Discussions and Featured Speakers
Spring 2019 Women Disruptors Panel

Career Panel Series

The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate hosts a panel series highlighting different careers in real estate. The career panels are led by prominent industry leaders giving students the unique opportunity to learn about the diverse career paths of panelists.

Spring 2019

Women Disrupters: Technology & Investing 

Moderator: Jodie Zhang ’19
Panelists: Karen Cahn (iFundWomen), Jodi Kessler ’15 (3L Capital), Annelise Osborne ’03 (Propellr), Asha Saxena (Future Technologies).

Fall 2018

Real Estate Debt

Moderator: Brian Lancaster (President, Minot Group)
Panelists: Catherine Chen, ’10, (Principal, Apollo Global Management), Samir Lakhani (Managing Director, BlackRock), Michael Lupo, ’07 (Managing Director, DW Partners), Bob Ricci (Senior Managing Director, Lone Star Funds), Michael Wiebolt (Managing Director, Blackstone). 

Spring 2018

Women in Real Estate

Moderator: Peggy DaSilva ’83 (Co-Founder, Greenwich Village Capital)
Panelists: Amy Boyle ’08 (New York City Housing Development Corporation), Julie Wong ’03 (GreenOak Real Estate), Susi Yu MSRED ’01 (L&L MAG). 

Technology & Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Professor Christopher Mayer
Panelists: Donnel Baird ’13 (BlockPower), Jonathan Flaherty ’07 (Tishman Speyer), Ross Goldenberg ’07 (SiteCompli), Cindy McLaughlin (Envelope), Yulia Yaani ’08 (RealAtom). 

Fall 2017


Moderator: Professor Brian Lancaster (President, Minot Group)
Panelists: Catherine Chen ’10 (Apollo Global Management), Jacob Feingold ’14 (Canyon Partners), Mark Levine (BlackRock), Jonathan More ’09 (Mission Capital Advisors). 

Spring 2017

Family Business

Moderator: Professor Patricia Angus (Director, Family Business Program, and Founder and CEO of Angus Advisory Group)
Panelists: Ryan Moorehead ’09 (Olshan Properties), Brian Steinwurtzel ’04 (Newmark Holdings), Alex Bernstein ’00 (Bernstein Real Estate), and Anand Bhatia ’16 (Bhatia Development Organization). 

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Technology & Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Professor Christopher Mayer
Panelists: Marcos Alvarado (Head of Acquisitions, Cadre), Matt Daimler (VP of Strategic Initiatives, Zillow), Chris Happ (CEO, Goby), and Min Suh (CEO, Asses+RE).

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Debt Practitioners

Moderator: Gideon Gil ’00 (Cushman & Wakefield) 
Panelists: Michael Shulte ’10 (Head of Capital Markets, Silverpeak), Geoffrey Goldstein ’07 (Director, HFF), and William Yagoda ’04 (Principal, Twin Oaks Equity Partners). 

Fall 2016

Capital Flows & Debt

An all-faculty panel.

Moderator: Christopher Mayer
Panelists: Brian Lancaster (Adjunct Professor of Finance and President of the Minot Group), Tomasz Piskorski (Edward S. Gordon Assosicate Professor of Real Estate), and Bradford Wildauer ’88 (Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics and Head of Debt Investments at Arden Group). 

Spring 2016

Real Estate Technology Panel

Moderator: Clelia Peters ’09 (MetaProp & Warburg Realty)
Panelists: Michael Mandel (CompStack), William Skelley (iFunding), Pete Alden (Floored), and Alec LeFort (View the Space). 

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Spring 2015

Real Estate Technology & Entrepreneurship Panel

Moderator: Zachary Aarons ’13 (Millennium Partners) 
Panelists: Tripty Arya ’12 (Travtus), Dave Eisenberg (Floored), Jason Griffith ’06 (SiteCompli), Ross Goldenberg ’07 (SiteCompli), Geoff Lewis (Honest Buildings), David Snider (Compass), and Jonathan Wasserstrum ’12 (The Square Foot).

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Fall 2014

Public Real Estate CFO Panel

Moderator: Professor Lynne B. Sagalyn
Panelists: Michael Berman ’86 (GGP) and Martin P. Connor (Toll Brothers) 


8th Annual China Business Conference – The Global Impact of China’s Rising Power

Friday, March 27, 2015

The real estate panel titled “Tidal Wave of Chinese Real Estate Investment” will focus on the Chinese capital that has recently flooded American markets. The panel includes Leanne Lachman of Columbia Business School and Lachman Associates (Moderator), Erik Horvat ’04 of the Fosun Group, Jeffrey Dvorett of Kuafu Properties, Michael Krupa of Gemdale Properties, Louis Katsos of New York Immigration Fund, and Omer Ozden of Beijing Capital / Xinyuan Properties.

Times Square at a Tipping Point?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In conjunction with its exhibition on TIMES SQUARE, 1984, The Skyscraper Museum presents a series of programs that reunite key actors in the transformation of Times Square over the past three decades. Panel discussion held on February 17, 2015 titled "Times Square at a Tipping Point?" at the Center for Architecture. Co-sponsors of this panel: AIA New York Chapter Planning and Urban Design Committee. Speakers: Kent Barwick, Claire Fellman, Bruce Fowle, Lynne Sagalyn, and Paul Whalen. Introduction by Lance Jay Brown. Overview by Carol Willis, Director, The Skyscraper Museum.

Barclays Select Series 2014 — Real Estate: The Year Ahead

Tuesday and Wednesday, December 9-10, 2014

Panel discussion held on December 10, 2014 titled "The Implication of Secular Change" at the Barclays Conference — Real Estate: The Year Ahead. Moderator: Chris Mayer, Co-Director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy & Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School. Panelists: George Marcus, Chairman, Essex Property Trust | Marcus and Millichap Company; Sandeep Mathrani, CEO, General Growth Properties (GGP); Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman & CEO, Prologis, Inc.; David R. Neithercut ’82, President & CEO, Equity Residential (EQR); William Strange, SmartCentres Professor of Real Estate, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Special thanks to Ross Smotrich ’83 of Barclays for organizing. Read more...
Real Estate: The Year Ahead Conference – Key Takeaways

Goldman Sachs Millennials and Housing Day Conference

Friday, September 5, 2014

Panel discussion titled "Student Loans and Home Ownership in Focus" at the Goldman Sachs Millennials and Housing Day ConferenceSpeakers: Meta Brown, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Chris Mayer, Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate at Columbia Business School and Chief Executive Officer of Longbridge Financial.

Ada Louise Huxtable and the Shape of New York

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Panel discussion at the Museum of the City of New York exploring the role of pioneering architectural critic Ada Louise Huxtable (1921–2013) in the evolution of New York’s built environment. Huxtable left an indelible mark on the shape of postwar New York. Her thinking about the city inspired and challenged generations of architects, planners, developers, and critics.

Moderator: Hilary Ballon, Professor of Urban Studies and Architecture, New York University. Panelists: Michael Sorkin, architectural critic and author; Stanton Eckstut, Principal at Perkins Eastman Architects; Donald Elliott, Chairman of the City Planning Commission under Mayor John V. Lindsay; and Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate, Director, MBA Real Estate Program and Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, Columbia University.

The Future of Mortgage Finance

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Panel discussion at the Forum on the Future of Housing. Moderator: Nick Timiraos, Wall Street Journal. Panelists: Mike Fratantoni, Vice President, Mortgage Bankers Association; Jason Gold, Senior Fellow for Financial Markets, Progressive Policy Institute; Laurie Goodman, Senior Managing Director, Amherst Securities Group L.P.; Chris Mayer, Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate, Columbia Business School; Scott Simon, Managing Director, Pacific Investment Management Co.

Women Builders Council Inaugural Annual Conference: Building Up and Moving Forward in New York

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, moderated the opening panel at this day-long conference focusing on the current business climate in New York and opportunities in the building industry. Panel: "The Current Economy: Development and Investment," with Jeff Dvorett, Vice President, Extell Development Group; MaryAnne Gilmartin, Executive Vice President, Commercial and Residential Development, Forest City Ratner Companies; and Adam Weinstein, President and CEO, The Phipps Houses Group.

Tensions in the Global Regulatory Environment

Monday, May 21, 2012

At this conference in Tokyo presented by Columbia Business School's Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate Christopher Mayer participated in a panel, "Mortgage Financing Institutions and Housing: United States and Japan." The panel was moderated by Kay Shimizu, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, and also included Alicia Ogawa, Senior Advisor, Center on Japanese Economy and Business, and Hiroo Ichikawa, Professor of Urban Policy and Dean, Professional Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University.

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The Grid and Cycles of Planning

April 17, 2012

Panel discussion at the Museum of the City of New York

Panel discussion at the Museum of the City of New York, co-sponsored by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School. Topic: Manhattan's street grid was designed as a template for real estate growth in New York City; and it worked! Throughout the city's history, however, market cycles, design strategies, aesthetic goals and economic issues have changed; and architects, policy makers, brokers, and residents continue to debate how real estate should be built in relationship to the grid.

Moderator: Julie V. Iovine, Executive Editor of The Architect's Newspaper, about the history of New York City real estate and some of the cycles in planning: the erasure of streets with the creation of superblocks in the mid-20th century, and more recently, the reimposition and reinvigoration of the grid pattern around the city, in neighborhoods and developments including Battery Park City. Panelists: Elizabeth Blackmar, professor of history at Columbia University; Stanton Eckstut, FAIA, Founding Principal of EE&K Architects; Tommy Craig, Senior Managing Director, Hines East Region and adjunct professor of real estate at Columbia Business School; and Lynne B. Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and the Director of the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School.

America’s Housing Crisis: Private-Sector Responses and Public Policy Innovation

April 4-5, 2012

Special Presentations by Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Joseph E. Stiglitz of Columbia Business School and Ronnie Chan, Chairman of Hang Lung Properties, Ltd.

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Nand and Jeet Khemka Distinguished Speaker Forum

February 23, 2012

Featured speaker Chetan Dave

Featured speaker Chetan Dave, President and CEO of Real Estate Investments, Infrastructure Development Finance Company, Mumbai.

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Seniors Housing and Care Sector Pane

February 21, 2012

A panel discussion for those who would like to plan a career or learn about investment opportunities in this growing sector.

Robert G. Kramer, President, NIC will moderate the discussion. Panelists include John Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Atria Senior Living; John Cobb, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Ventas, Inc.; Anthony Crooks, Director, AEW Capital Management, L.P.; and James Scribner '09, Managing Director, RED Capital Group.

Where is New York? High Design at HL23

January 30, 2012

Organized and moderated by Vishaan Chakrabarti, Real Estate Development, GSAPP and Professor Lynne Sagalyn, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, Columbia Business School, this is the fourth installment of the monthly series "Where is New York?*"

Jointly sponsored by GSAPP and Columbia Business School, this event brought Los Angeles architect Neil Denari and New York developer Alf Naman together to discuss HL23's realization, from its aerodynamic design and site relationship to its significance for New York's high-end real estate market.

Building Columbia's Manhattanville Campus

October 11, 2011

A Discussion with Phill Pitruzzello, Vice President, Manhattanville Development, Columbia University

Hunters Point South: Building a New Neighborhood

Monday, April 11, 2011

Hunters Point South will transform an underused stretch of Queens waterfront into a community of 5,000 housing units for 9,000 residents, 60% of which will be targeted fro middle-income residents. Phase I, which recently broke ground, is set to be done by 2014. The first phase of this 10-year, $350-million project under the sponsorship of NYC Housing and Preservation Department has just been awarded to a partnership of The Related Companies, Phipps House and Mondadnock Construction.

Panelists included Holly Leicht, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Housing and Preservation Department; Nick Lembo, Principal, Monadnock Construction, Inc.; Frank Monterisi, the Related Companies; and Adam Weinstein, President and CEO, the Phipps House Group

The panel was mooderated by Lynne Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate & Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and introduced by Vishaan Chakrabarti, Marc Holliday Professor of Real Estate Development and Director, Real Estate Development Program Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Hosted by The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and The MsRED Program

Entrepreneurial Women in Real Estate, a Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Every other year the Milstein Center hosts a panel discussion on some aspect of women’s careers in real estate. In 2011 the dialogue was focused on women’s entrepreneurial ventures.

Cia Buckley ’93 of Dune Capital Management moderated the discussion. Panelists included Andrea Wenner ’05, Out2Play, Suzanne Sunshine ’91, S. Sunshine & Associates Real Estate, Gentry Hoit ’90, Atlantic Assets Group, and Nancy Lashine '81, Park Madison Partners.

Finding Value in Real Estate with William Ackman

Tuesday, November 9, 2011

Jointly hosted with the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing, and the Columbia Investment Management Association

Tomorrow's Buildings Today: Keeping New York Competitive

November 22, 2010

The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate and The Real Estate Development Program at Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation & Planning hosted a joint panel event examining some of the newest and “greenest” commercial buildings in New York City and their cumulative role in maintaining our competitiveness as a City. With an emphasis on the owner/developer’s perspective, the panel brought together the project leads for three of the most important new office structures in New York, namely One Bryant Park, 7 WTC and the Hearst Building. The first two projects represent multi-tenant projects while the final project represents an owner-occupied headquarters building. In brief presentations, each panelist discusses the critical decisions made by their owners in terms of location, architect selection, building technology, amenities, and sustainability.

The panelists were: Helena Rose Durst, Vice President, The Durst Organization; Janno Lieber, President of World Trade Center Properties LLC, Silverstein Properties; and Brian Schwagerl, former Director of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Planning for The Hearst Corporation.

The panel was co-moderated by Vishaan Chakrabarti, Marc Holliday Professor of Real Estate Development and Director, Real Estate Development Program at Columbia GSAPP, and Lynne Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Director, Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate at Columbia Business School.

Columbia Business School Alumni discuss opportunities in downturns

February 3, 2010

The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate hosts a speakers’ panel in Warren Hall on the Columbia University campus. Four Columbia Business School alumni currently working in various real estate sectors discuss where students may look to find opportunities during this difficult economic time. The panel is moderated by Senior Vice Dean and Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate Chris Mayer.

Panelist Biographies

High Line Panel Discussion

On October 13, 2009 the Milstein Center for Real Estate hosted a panel discussion on the High Line. Panelists discussed how, what, when, where, and why the High Line evolved from a derelict elevated railroad track into one of Manhattan's newest and most exciting public parks. Also explored was the development of the surrounding West Chelsea neighborhood.