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Real Estate Summits offers Continuing Education Credits at most of our events. Our speakers discuss current relative topics and bring the latest information to you to better your business and career.


Top Industry Leaders attend all our events. From brokers to developers to lawyers, and every category in between. There is always an opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals.


Our goal is to bring the best speakers and topics to you, our audience. With over 20 years of event experience, our team provides the catalyst for success in today’s competitive market.

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2nd Annual Women in Real Estate Summit: Houston

September 24, 2019

The Briar Club

4 Hours of Real Estate Continuing Education Credits Applied for with
the Texas Real Estate Commission
TREC Provider # 10163
TREC Instructor # 4153

8:00 AM Celebrating Female Pioneers in the Commercial Real Estate Industry 
Moderator: Susan Hill
, Sr. Managing Director, JLL 
Lori Bryant, ARM/Managing Director, CBRE Property Management 
Lispah Hogan, Executive Managing Director, NKF 
Patti Knudson-Joiner, Managing Director, Knudson LP 
Sue Rogers, Principal, CRESA 
• Early Pioneers: Making their way into a male dominated industry 
• The challenges in overcoming the paradigms in a male dominated industry 
• Looking Back: could the early pioneers have done anything different 
• Initial industry reaction to women in the business 
• The Vision for Women in Real Estate for the future

9:00 AM Current Workplace Issues Faced by Women 
Moderator: Edna Meyer-Nelson
, Founder/President/CEO, The Richland Companies 
Cortney Cole, Managing Director, HFF 
Taucha Hogue, Director, Capital Markets, NKF 
Leann Karim, Shareholder, Wilson Cribbs + Goren 
Tina Phillips, Director, Human Capital Management, ADP 
• Flexible Work Arrangements Can be Key to Success 
• Sexual Harassment; Why this isn’t going away; How to Handle it 
• Role Models and Mentorship; or lack-thereof 
• The Double-Bind paradigm; are you a strong leader or well-liked, why not both? 
• Current Bias in the Workplace: Race, Gender, and LGBT 
• Overcoming Fear and Trusting Your Own Voice 
• Equal Pay; What is it going to take to Even the Field

10:00 AM Break and Networking

10:10 AM State of the Market – Commercial Real Estate 
Moderator: Ashley Grigsby,
Managing Director, Transwestern 
Laurie Baker, Executive Vice President, Camden Property Trust 
Heather Nguyen, Development Partner, NewQuest Properties 
Brenda Pennington, Principal, Pennington Commercial 
Susan Pohl, Director Acquisitions, The Barvin Company 
• Where are current development opportunities? 
• Is low unemployment hurting or helping real estate? 
• Where is the growth in tenants; are companies expanding their footprint? 
• What is the market for Female Entrepreneurs today?

11:05 AM Measuring Women’s Success in the Industry: What We Know Today 
Moderator: Rhonda Sands,
Senior VP, Veritex Community Bank 
Jeanne Jullian, Vice President, Gorrondona Engineering 
Elke Laughlin, Director & CEO, Laughlin Consulting 
Jennifer Raymond, Principal, JPR Commercial 
Brandi McDonald Sikes, Principal, Limestone Commercial 
• Embracing our differences: Should women try to differentiate (or “brand”) themselves in the commercial real estate 
industry? Does this make a difference in general or only in highly specialized roles? 
• How women can use their accomplishments in marketing internally or externally. 
• Mentoring young women today that are interested in commercial real estate 
• What additional skills do women bring to the table in working in the commercial real estate industry? 
• Standing in Your Success; How to Properly take Credit for Your Accomplishments 
• Are there any cracks in the glass ceiling? 
• Being a Champion for Change: Continuing to Improve the Outlook for Women
• Building Alliances with Decision Makers

12:00 PM Adjourn and Networking

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