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EIR - Women in Real Estate

  • NYU Stern School of Business 44 West 4th Street New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

The Stern Center for Real Estate and Finance Research is hosting a panel highlighting women in the real estate industry. We are excited to welcome the following speakers:

Annemarie DiCola - CEO, Trepp
Elaine Philis - Director, CBRE Capital Advisors
Paula Schaefer - Vice President, Clarion Partners
Sara Queen - Executive Vice President, Asset Management, Brookfield Property Partners

Lunch will be provided.

Speaker Bios:

Annemarie DiCola, Esq., CEO of Trepp LLC, spearheads Trepp’s business as the global leader in the CMBS industry, and has expanded Trepp’s expertise and service offerings into the broader CRE and Banking sectors. Under her leadership, Trepp acquired Foresight Analytics, InvestCap Advisors, and REITCafe, and has developed a number of products aimed at leveraging Trepp’s depth in CRE finance and analytics. Ms. DiCola additionally serves as Co-Chair of TreppPort, a joint venture between Trepp and CRE lending software company Rockport. She is also a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee of the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), Trepp’s corporate parent. Ms. DiCola is an acknowledged voice in the CRE finance industry, highlighted by Sokol Media as a “Top Woman in Real Estate” in 2013 and by Real Estate Forum Magazine as a “Woman of Influence.” She has been profiled by The New York Times, interviewed on CNBC, and lauded by the Women’s Venture Fund. Ms. DiCola was the Editor-in-Chief ofThe CMBS E-Primer (2007), an electronic publication of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) designed for training in CMBS. She is a frequent speaker at industry events. Ms. DiCola served as the first woman president of the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association (CMSA), the trade organization of the CMBS industry (now known as CREFC). Actively involved in CREFC leadership since its inception, she is a founding member of the Board of Governors and a past winner of the CREFC Founder’s Award. She also served on the Board of Directors of NYCREW, the New York Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (now known as CREW NY). Ms. DiCola graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. She received her BA from Fordham University, where she maintained a Presidential Scholarship and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude in cursu honorum.

Elaine Philis is a Director at CBRE Capital Advisors, Inc., the real estate investment banking unit of CBRE Group. Ms. Philis has a diverse range of real estate experience including capital raising, debt placement and commercial real estate law. She focuses primarily on institutional capital raising. Ms. Philis has raised more than $1 billion in equity commitments for real estate funds, joint ventures and separate account structures. Prior to joining CBRE, Ms. Philis raised institutional capital for TGM Associates, Lend Lease, Westbrook and Tishman Speyer. She handled both domestic and international investors for projects including, a multifamily specific value added separate account, two emerging market funds, a global opportunistic fund, a 22 office building portfolio, infrastructure/energy projects and numerous joint venture transactions. Investors include corporate and state pension funds, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds and insurance companies. In addition, Ms. Philis participated in the placement of more than $2.2 billion in debt during her six year tenure at HFF in New York City. Lenders included an array of insurance companies, banks, pensions funds and CMBS platforms. Earlier in her career, Ms. Philis worked as a commercial real estate attorney, primarily in-house at CIGNA, Inc., where she closed more than $800 million in first mortgage loans on regional malls, industrial and office properties.

Paula Schaefer is Chief Operating Officer of the Client Capital Management Group of Clarion Partners, a real estate investment manager. Prior to joining Clarion in April 2013, Paula was COO of Christie’s International Real Estate. She was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Real Estate where she worked from 1995 to 2010 in a variety of roles in Asset Management, Fund Management and Investor Relations, based in New York and London. She has also had Asset Management and Acquisitions roles at Reichmann International, The Yarmouth Group, and Cadillac Fairview Shopping Centers. Paula has an MBA from the Wharton School and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate at Columbia University and is Vice President of New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX).

Sara Queen joined Brookfield as Senior Asset Manager in 2006, a new position in the company. She was integral in the smooth integration of the $7.2 billion Trizec acquisition, streamlining and optimizing leasing and operations efforts. Currently, Sara is responsible for Asset Management of Brookfield’s U.S. core office portfolio, which comprises 60+ buildings encompassing 45 million leasable square feet in the downtown cores of New York City, Boston, Washington DC (including suburban Maryland and Virginia), Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco. She is the chief company representative and liaison with co-investors in the U.S. Office Fund, the Downtown Los Angeles Fund, as well as other joint venture partnerships. Furthermore, Sara is responsible for the company’s occupancy profile and its annual strategic planning/budgeting. She also oversees Lease Administration and serves on the Global Asset Management and the Executive Committee for the U.S. Office Division. Prior to joining Brookfield, Sara was at Clarion Partners and at MetLife. Sara has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA cum laude from Wellesley College. She was named to the prestigious 40 under 40 list by Crain’s NY Business (2008); a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scout Council of Greater NY and a 2009 and 2014 Woman of Influence by Real Estate Forum. Sara is a member of the Board of Directors for WX (New York Women Executives in Real Estate) and Grace Church School. In addition, Sara is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Master of Real Estate Development Program.