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Sept. 28 - 29
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HR Forum 2015


Registration for the HR Forum is now open. Register Now!

The ninth annual HR Forum, facilitated by NAREIT exclusively for its Corporate Members' senior HR executives, is the only conference of its kind that presents a high-quality, broad-based educational program focused on a variety of human resources issues within the context of commercial real estate. In addition, the HR Forum provides its attendees with numerous opportunities to network and discuss best practices with senior HR executives from around the country.

Please note that this meeting is by invitation only.

For registration questions, please contact Katelyn Rowland

For sponsorship questions, please contact Chris Flood

For forum programming questions, please contact Bonnie Gottlieb.

For overall forum questions, please contact Pam Coleman.


  • Registration & Hotel Information


    Registration Fees

    HR Forum Registration $450

    *NOTE: Registration for this Forum is for NAREIT Corporate Members only. 


    Conference Attire

    The conference attire for NAREIT's HR Forum is business casual.


    Hotel Information

    Fairmont Chicago
    200 N Columbus Dr.
    Chicago, IL 60601
    Tel: 312-565-8000

    Note: This is the link to the Fairmont Chicago hotel. This is NOT the link to reserve your hotel room at the NAREIT group rate. All registrants will receive a link to reserve your hotel room in the registration confirmation email.



    NAREIT Group Rates

    Fairmont Guest Room: $365.00

    *Cut off date to receive group rate (pending availability) is Friday, September 4, 2015.


    Conference Cancellation Policy

    All cancellations must be received in writing to Katelyn Rowland at krowland@nareit.com. Full conference refunds will be issued for cancellations received no later than Friday, September 4, 2015, less a $100 processing fee.

    *No refunds will be granted after Friday, September 4, 2015.


    Hotel Cancellation Policy

    NAREIT requires a one night, non-refundable deposit paid to the hotel at time of reservation. Cancellation of additional room nights (not the entire reservation), without penalty, requires notice 72 hours prior to arrival, otherwise additional room and tax penalties may apply and will be charged to the credit card on file. Any changes to your hotel reservation may be done on this site up until 72 hours prior to arrival or by emailing Colette Harrington at colette@stagedrightevents.com. All change requests are subject to room availability. Please do not call the hotel directly.

  • HRCI Credit Information


    HRCI Credit Information

    Recieve up to 6 credits through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

    While NAREIT is not an HRCI approved provider, this program can be self-reported to HRCI, individually, following their guidelines.


    How to Receive Credit

    • Upon conclusion of the HR Forum, NAREIT will send an online attendance form to all attendees
    • Complete and submit the online attendance form to NAREIT
    • Once the form has been submitted, you will receive a certificate of attendance and course descriptions
    • You must then self-report the activity to HRCI
      • Please visit the HRCI website here for a step by step guideline on how to submit your self-reported credits (see page 4 of the guideline)
      • Please note that you do NOT need an Activity ID in order to submit for credits
      • For additional questions or information regarding how to submit your self-reported credits with HRCI please contact them directly by calling 866-898-4724


    For more information regarding credits for the HR Forum, please contact Katelyn Rowland at krowland@nareit.com.

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  • Schedule


    Monday, September 28

    11:00 AM - 6:15 PM Registration
    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Lunch
    12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Welcome and Self Introductions
    12:45 PM - 2:00 PM HR: The Key to Success in the REIT Industry


    Dennis Oklak, Chairman & CEO, Duke Realty Corporation interviewed by Steven Wechsler, President & CEO, NAREIT
    2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Networking Break
    2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Building Enterprise Leaders: Three Strategies to Improve the Effectiveness of Leaders in Today's Work Environment


    Brian Kropp, Practice Leader, HR Practice
    3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Networking Break
    3:45 PM - 5:00 PM How REIT Analysts View Management and Company Culture


    Matt Slepin, Founder & Managing Partner, Terra Search Partners
    Jay Leupp, Managing Director, Lazard Asset Management LLC
    Ross Smotrich, Managing Director, Barclays
    5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Shifting Workforce Demographics: Millennials to Baby Boomers

    Karen Isaacson, Global Executive Advisor, SAP
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Reception
    8:00 PM Dinner on own


    Tuesday, September 29

    7:00 AM - 2:30 PM Registration
    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet
    8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Hot Topics in Real Estate Compensation: No Rest for the Wary!


    Jeremy Banoff, Sr. Managing Director, FPL Associates L.P.
    9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Networking Break
    9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Driving Change & Developing People


    Robyn Clark, Managing Partner, ThinkWise Consulting
    10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Networking Break
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Roundtable Discussions
    • HR Metrics: Hindsight, Insight and Foresight


      Donna Garesché, VP-HR, Boston Properties, Inc.
      Stephanie Rodgers, Manager-Compensation, Benefits & HRIS, Boston Properties, Inc.
    • Is it Time to Blow Up HR?


      Sara Fawcett, VP-HR, EDENS
    12:30 PM - 2:15 PM Working Lunch: How HR Can Put the Best Team on the Field


    Katharine Giacalone, President, Giacalone & Associates LLC
    2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Wrap Up

    *NOTE: This schedule is subject to change.

  • Attendee Roster

  • HR Session Materials

  • HR Forum Session Materials


    To view the 2015 HR Forum Session Materials, please click the link below which will take you to a login screen. Once you are logged in, the materials will appear. 

    2015 HR Forum Session Materials

  • Current Sponsors


    Current Sponsors