2nd Annual Women in Real Estate, Design and Construction Forum

Join the Commercial Observer and executives from all levels as we celebrate the accomplishments and strides women have made in the real estate, design and construction industries.


Senior Construction Manager
Boston Properties
Senior Vice President
Rudin Management Company
Vice President and Senior Regional Director of Development
Rockefeller Group
Managing Member
Rosenberg & Estis
Director, MEP Advisory Services Group
Head of U.S. Construction
GreenOak Real Estate
Senior Vice President of Development
Vice President, Special Projects
Structure Tone
Principal, UK Director and UK Office Director
Thornton Tomasetti
Senior Project Manager, Construction
Vice President
Merritt Engineering Consultants, P.C.
Senior Construction Manager
Alliance for Downtown New York
Chief Financial Officer
Kushner Companies
SVP, Strategy, Construction Services
Vice President & Construction Executive
Turner Construction Company
Executive Director
General Contractors Association of New York
Senior Project Manager
Cauldwell Wingate Company
Strategic Technology Integrator


scheduleThursday, November 15, 2018
The CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

2nd Annual Women in Real Estate, Design and Construction Forum

Join the Commercial Observer and executives from all levels as we celebrate the accomplishments and strides women have made in the real estate, design and construction industries.


Join the Commercial Observer and executives from all levels as we celebrate the accomplishments and strides women have made in the real estate, design, and construction industries. The leading women behind some of the most notable projects in the region will discuss insights they’ve gained on the job, the ever-changing landscape of construction and development in New York as well as their impressive project portfolios.

For more information, sponsorship and speaking opportunities please contact Kelsey Foley at or 212-450-7300.

8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
9:10 AM Opening Remarks from Commercial Observer
9:15 AM Panel #1 - Challenges and Opportunities for Women
10:00 AM Panel #2 - Women Leaders in the Industry - How They Paved the Way
10:40 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM Panel #3 - Setting up for Success as Women in Real Estate
11:45 AM Closing Keynote Address
12:10 PM Closing Remarks from Commercial Observer & Recognition of Award Winners


AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $18.2 billion during fiscal year 2017. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.


AKF, a global award-winning engineering firm in practice for over 25 years, has successfully delivered projects on six continents. Our team of over 450 accomplished professionals focuses on providing engineering leadership, quality design, and the highest level of service to our clients. We combine technical expertise with knowledge of the healthcare industry to create client-specific solutions. Our healthcare engineering experts are skilled in accommodating state-of-the-art medical technology and equipment while simultaneously facilitating around-the-clock movement of patients, families, and staff throughout the duration of each project.

With a long history of providing in-house engineering services to nationally recognized institutions, AKF respects the vital services our healthcare clients perform and understands that their responsibility demands our full attention. We pride ourselves in our responsiveness to client needs, which has led to the formation of lasting relationships. In fact, AKF’s reputation and growth is a direct result of the longevity of our client relationships and the trust built between our firm and our clients.

AKF has extensive experience designing a diverse portfolio of facility types, including acute care, emergency departments, surgery, medical office buildings, and radiology/imaging. Additionally, AKF offers an integrated design approach to building system services which includes sustainability/LEED® consulting, commissioning, energy modeling, energy management and planning, utility incentive consulting, energy audits, code consulting, lighting design, and IT/AV/Security services.

General Contractors Association of New York - PLATINUM SPONSOR

The General Contractors Association represents the unionized heavy construction industry in New York City that constructs New York's building foundations and public works infrastructure. Our 300 members employ 20,000 hardworking professional and trades workers across New York State. In addition to New York City, our employees come from 702 New York State zip codes, as far east as North Haven, as far north as Champlain and as far west as Chautauqua.

The General Contractors Association provides a strong and unified voice for the heavy civil construction industry in New York. The GCA knows that what happens in New York leads the way for the rest of the nation. We recognize that how things get built is as important as what gets built, and as industry leader, we continually find ways to deliver projects more efficiently.

Our members built the infrastructure that transformed New York City and set the stage for its growth.

Today, GCA members continue to build New York: foundations for the iconic skyline and new housing developments; tunnels and tracks to increase capacity underground and decrease overcrowding; parks and recreational facilities to improve quality of life in the city’s communities; a new water tunnel for the first time in more than a hundred years; and roads and bridges that will accommodate car, truck and waterborne traffic.

GCA members provide a stable workforce with an unmatched safety record and represent one of the most important sectors of New York’s economy.


In over 100 years of practice, JB&B has completed design projects in more than 50 countries and on 6 continents, serving as consulting engineers on some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century as well as some of the most emblematic of the 21st. Our extensive experience and reputation for quality and innovative engineering solutions are assets that we bring to each project. JB&B works with cutting-edge engineering technologies to facilitate high-performance building designs for ever-improving engineering and sustainability solutions.

Merritt Engineering Consultants, P.C. - PLATINUM SPONSOR

Established in 1986, Merritt Engineering Consultants, P.C. has become a leading Engineering firm specializing in Building Envelope Restoration, Structural Design, MEP Engineering and Owner’s Representative Services. For 30+ years, we have delivered customized, practical and cost-effective engineering solutions to clients in New York, Florida and various other regions throughout the United States. We have successfully restored and maintained thousands of properties, from commercial and residential buildings to healthcare, educational and public facilities.

Our in-house staff consists of licensed Structural Engineers, Architects and LEED Accredited Professionals. The success of each project is due to the knowledge and experience of our dedicated professionals, who work side-by-side with clients and are always available to address any project challenge.

Today, Merritt continues to build a strong reputation through its commitment to preserving city skylines.


The Structure Tone family of companies—Structure Tone, LF Driscoll, Structure Tone Southwest, Pavarini Construction Co., Pavarini McGovern and Govan Brown—provides a complete range of services, from site selection analysis to design constructability review, from corporate interior fit-outs to new construction, from aesthetic enhancements to building infrastructure upgrades.

Although we’re at the leading edge of construction management, our fundamental mission to solve our clients’ challenges is constant. We are proud that 80 percent of our projects annually originate from existing clients—global corporations, world-class healthcare and educational institutions, those requiring mission critical data centers, retailers, hoteliers and residential developers.

Unlike any other global construction management company, we are purpose-built to be scalable—we’re as dedicated to a $50,000 project as we are to a $100 million, large-scale greenfield development. We are dedicated to our clients’ long-term needs.

We deliver projects on time and budget. Our lean construction process uses virtual tools to reduce project costs and schedules, improve speed-to-market, and keep us fully adaptable throughout the entire process. We invested in processes, systems, compliance and technology to ensure that our clients receive the highest level of accountability and transparency. We build facilities with greater resilience and the flexibility to add capabilities and new technology so that existing facilities can be more effectively repurposed in the future.

Through our commitment to our core values of excellence, integrity, passion, safety and client collaboration, we partner with our clients to imagine, execute and realize their vision.


WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum) empowers clients with innovative tools and solutions to address their accounting, tax and advisory needs. Our highly responsive teams of professionals offer deep industry expertise and service experience to help our clients grow and thrive — to BE IN A POSITION OF STRENGTHSM.
Withum is recognized in the tri-state area as a leading public accounting and advisory firm serving the Real Estate, Construction, and Architecture & Engineering industries. Our dedicated industry teams will help ensure your business operations flow smoothly so you can focus on the bigger picture – growing a sustainable business. Withum brings clients the benefits and services of a larger organization without sacrificing the attention and personal service that one expects from a local business. Not only do we provide you with the most relevant, up-to-date information on the changing tax and accounting regulations, but we provide innovative solutions to help you increase profitability and strengthen your financial process. Offering an extraordinary level of personalized service and responsiveness, we believe communication and accessibility are key, and your engagement team is always available to answer your questions, usually within the same day. Our culture is that of a closely-held family business, which leads to industry-leading employee retention and around the clock accessibility. What sets Withum apart is our ability to go beyond the traditional accounting, auditing and tax services and serve as your trusted strategic partner. Our greatest success is derived from working alongside every client, and watching their business grow. For more information, please visit


Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our vision is to create the best places; places that inspire and enrich the lives of people around the world.

Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our customers.

The Americas region, headquartered in New York, offers property and communities development, construction, investment management and infrastructure development. Our expertise covers multiple sectors including arts and culture, aviation, commercial, education, energy, government, healthcare, hotels and resorts, industrial, life science, military communities, mixed-use, multi-site, residential, senior living, telecommunications, transportation and urban regeneration.

Rockefeller Group

Rockefeller Group is a leading real estate developer, owner and investor, known since the development of
Rockefeller Center for pioneering large-scale urban mixed-use development. For nearly nine decades the
company has been trusted for its financial strength, stability and vision, and today remains committed to the
selective acquisition, management and development of innovative, high-quality office, industrial, residential
and mixed-use properties in urban centers and strategic distribution markets. The company combines the
global perspective and market access of a sophisticated development and investment management platform,
through its partnership with Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd., and its strategic investments in
independent property fund platforms in the United States and Europe.