Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
200 N Columbus Dr. Chicago IL 60601
Sept. 24 - 25
Fairmont Chicago Millennium ParkChicago, IL

HR Forum 2018

Join senior HR executives from around the country for content and discussion focused on the most relevant human resources issues within the context of commercial real estate. As the only event of its kind, Nareit’s HR Forum is open exclusively to HR professionals who are employed by Nareit corporate members and offers numerous opportunities to network and discuss best practices.


2018 Program Directors

Edmund Brady, SVP & Chief HR Officer, Ventas, Inc.
Laura Houser, Director-HR, Federal Realty Investment Trust
Lynne-Courtney Hodges, VP-HR, SL Green Realty Corp.

  • HR Forum Session Materials

    Session materials are available to registered attendees. You can access them by clicking here and logging in with your reit.com credentials.

  • Schedule


    Monday, Sept. 24

    11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Registration
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
    12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.  Welcome
    12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  What It Takes to Build a Diverse Leadership Pipeline

    Tammy Heermann, SVP, Leadership Transformation, Lee Hecht Harrison
    1:45 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.  Networking Break
    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    How Cutting-Edge Institutional Investors View Diversity and What you can Learn from their Approach

    Sherry Rexroad, Managing Director, Global REITs, BlackRock

    Michelle Edkins, Managing Director,Global Head of BlackRock Investment Stewardship, BlackRock
    Josh Kawaii-Bogue, Investment Officer of Real Estate Unit, California State Teachers' Retirement System
    Sonya Park, VP & Senior Relationship Manager, State Street Global Advisors
    3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m Networking Break
    3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Building a Robust Diversity and Inclusion Program

    Dominic Cottone, Managing Director, Leadership Consulting, Ferguson Partners

    Katherine Feucht, Partner, Deloitte
    Christie Kelly, Global Chief Financial Officer, JLL
    Malaika Myers, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
    4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Networking Break
    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Trends and Analysis: What the Latest Research on Diversity Tells Us

    Radhika Papandreou, Managing Director, Ferguson Partners

    Maital Guttman, Global Strategic Inclusion Manager, GLAM and HLN, McKinsey
    David Lau, Senior Associate, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst
    Serena Wolfe, Partner, EY and Chair of Womens Leadership Initiative - ULI

    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Reception
    7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Optional Dinner*
    *Additional fee and registration required

    Tuesday, Sept. 25

    7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Registration
    8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.   Playbook for Managing Human Capital: Recruitment & Retention of Top Talent in Disruptive Times

    Tony LoPinto, Global Sector Leader Real Estate Practice, Korn Ferry
    Laryssa Topolnytsky, Sr. Partner and Head, Leadership Advisory Practice, Canada, Korn Ferry
    9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Networking Break
    9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.      Design Thinking: What it is and How it Enhances Leadership Development and Talent Management

    Angela Castellani, Sr. Managing Director, Leadership Consulting, Ferguson Partners
    10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   People Analytics: A Practical Introduction to Metrics and Methods for Transforming HR with Data

    Scott Pollak, Partner, PwC
    12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
    1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.   How REITs Fit into the Broader Real Estate Market Cycle

    Brad Case, SVP, Research & Industry Information, Nareit
    2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Wrap Up

    NOTE: The schedule above may be subject to change.

  • SHRM Credit Information

    Receive up to 4 credits through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

    While Nareit is not a SHRM approved provider, this program can be self-reported to SHRM, individually, following their guidelines here.

    For more information regarding credits for the HR Forum, please contact Tracie Betts at tbetts@nareit.com.

  • Registration and Hotel Information

    Registration Fees

    Nareit HR Forum Registration:  $500

    Optional Dinner (Monday, September 24): $125

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


    Forum Attire

    The forum attire for Nareit HR Forum is business casual.


    Hotel Information

    Fairmont Chicago Millenium Park 

    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: $295.00

    *Cut off date to receive group rate (pending availability) is Friday, August 24, 2018.


    Forum Cancellation Policy

    All cancellations must be received in writing to Tracie Betts at tbetts@nareit.com. Full conference refunds will be issued for cancellations received no later than Friday, August 24, 2018, less a $100 processing fee.

    *No refunds will be granted after Friday, August 24, 2018.


    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 Lacey Rimoli-Wiesel at lacey@stagedrightevents.com. All change requests are subject to room availability. Please do not call the hotel directly.

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  • Contact Us

    For registration questions, please contact Tracie Betts, tbetts@nareit.com

    For sponsorship questions, please contact Chris Flood, cflood@nareit.com

    For forum programming questions, please contact Bonnie Gottlieb, bgottlieb@nareit.com.

    For overall forum questions, please contact Pam Coleman, pcoleman@nareit.com