Conference Agenda

Monday, October 16, 2017

12:00 noon – 4:30 pm

Investor Only Program (Closed Session)

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Conference Badge Pick up
Imperial Ballroom Foyer, B2 Level, Fairmont

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Opening Cocktail Reception at the Shedd Aquarium
Shuttles will depart from the B2 Auto Lobby Level of the Fairmont starting at 6:10pm


Day One Tuesday, October 17, 2017

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Imperial Ballroom Foyer, B2 Level

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Investor Only Breakfast  (Closed Session)

8:00 am – 9:00 am

New Member and First time Attendee Breakfast
Regent Room, 3rd Floor

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Opening Remarks (Conference Co-Chairs)
Imperial Ballroom, B2 Level

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Opening Keynote Conversation with Sam Zell, Founder, Chairman, Equity Group Investments and Thomas Flexner, Vice Chairman and Global Head of Real Estate, Citi
Two industry leaders will engage in a candid discussion of the macroeconomic backdrop, investment markets, and balance of risks and opportunities found across the real estate asset class. They will identify both cyclical considerations and longer-term, secular trends reshaping society and investment prospects.

10:00 am – 11:00 am

General Session: Retail Panel Discussion
Imperial Ballroom, B2 Level
Dean Adler, CEO and Co-Founder, Lubert-Adler Partners, L.P.
Steven Boal, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, Quotient
As bricks-and-mortar outfits increasingly compete on experiential amenities, the e-commerce share of retail continues to grow. Are these the only viable models, or can something straddling the two find success? Where does Amazon’s play for Whole Foods fit in this discussion? Two retail pioneers will bring their expertise to bear on these questions and address how the capital markets are evaluating both new and more conventional ways of reaching consumers.  

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Refreshment Break
Imperial Ballroom Foyer, B2 Level

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

General Session: Industrial Panel Discussion
Jeremy Giles, President, Central Region Prologis
Lewis Friedland, Managing Director, Colony NorthStar, Inc.
The growth of e-commerce and constant evolution of supply chains have quickened the pace of change in the logistics space. How are the features and geographic positioning of industrial buildings shifting in response, and what are the implications for investors in this property type? A panel discussion among those at the vanguard of industrial real estate investing, research and leasing will address these and related questions.

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

International Ballroom, 2nd Level

12:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Affinity Group Luncheon Program (Closed to Appointed Members Only)

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

General Session: Technology/Big Data Panel Discussion
Imperial Ballroom, B2 Level
Nils Kok, Chief Economist, GeoPhy
Rich Boyle, General Partner, West Coast, Canaan
Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist, Trulia
Allison Wylie, Transportation & Mobility Policy, Uber
Technology firms are rapidly disrupting the world as we once knew it. This panel features experts from the tech space, providing their insights on how Silicon Valley’s start-ups are increasingly affecting the commercial real estate sector. This ranges from novel sources of data about consumers—from online shopping histories to cell phone-based tracking records—to the effects of ridesharing platforms on property development and the value of “location.”

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

General Session: Cyber Security: A Conversation with Lawrence Zelvin, Global Head of Cyber Security, CITI and Rob Knake, Senior Fellow for Cyber Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior research scientist at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute and an adviser to the data analytics firm Versive
Imperial Ballroom Foyer, B2 Level
Successful incursions into corporate accounts, government agency databases, as well as sites containing financial and other critical information about many thousands of individuals have underscored the importance of securing digital files. Respected authorities on cyber security will speak about the scope of the challenge and how organizations should think about protecting themselves from hacking threats.

4:30 pm – 5:30pm

General Session: Investor Conversation
Imperial Ballroom Foyer, B2 Level
Gloria Gil, Senior Managing Director of Real Estate, University of California Board of Regents
Paul Mouchakka, Senior Investment Officer, California Public Employees’ Retirement System
Wrap-up of the day’s discussions
A panel of leading industry participants will talk about the ways the real estate community can integrate the insights shared earlier in the day into daily practices and longer-term strategic planning. They will bring their own points of view and recent experiences in property investing to bear on the discussion.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Imperial Ballroom Foyer, B2 Level

7:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Dinner Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama
Imperial Ballroom, B2 Level
Former First Lady Michelle Obama will engage in a conversation about her professional and family life, the campaign leading to the 2008 presidential election, as well as her experiences in the White House and primary East Wing initiatives. She will provide insight into American political leadership in an era of rapid economic and societal change.

9:30 pm

Rising Leaders Cocktails (invitation only)


Day Two Wednesday, October 18, 2017

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Closing Keynote Breakfast Program with Michael Morell, Former Deputy and Acting Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Imperial Ballroom, B2 Level
As a senior intelligence officer, Michael Morell was traveling with President Bush on September 11, 2001 and was at President Obama’s side during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden nearly ten years later. Today, in addition to serving as a strategic consultant, he shares his cogent analysis of geopolitical issues with national audiences. In addition to speaking about the foremost security challenges facing the US and its allies, he will discuss possible responses and promising solutions.


Conference Concludes

Other Events to Watch For

  • Women’s Tea - Monday, October 16th
    4:30pm – 6:30pm, Rouge Room, Lobby Level (Invitation Only)

  • Rising Leaders Conversation Series – Tuesday, October 17th
    (Invitation Only)