Fordham Women in RE "She Builds" breakfast - April 25

New York, NY The Fordham Real Estate Institute will launch a new breakfast series featuring the most powerful women in New York City real estate. Open to any real estate professional looking to grow their careers, "She Builds" will focus on how these powerhouses made their way to the top, their impact on real estate development and finance, the challenges they faced along the way and triumphed over, and their advice for the next generation.

The inaugural event, The Dealmakers: Lessons Learned on the Front Line from Iconic Women in Real Estate, will take place on Wed., April 25 from 8 -10 a.m. at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. The panel will be moderated by real estate legend MaryAnne Gilmartin, CEO at L&L MAG and former CEO of Forest City Ratner. Gilmartin will lead an inspiring discussion amongst some of the top female minds in the industry, including:

• Kathleen Donovan, managing director, real estate finance group, UBS

• Jacky Teplitzky, leader of the Jacky Teplitzky team, Douglas Elliman

• Joan Sapinsley, formerhead of capital markets and portfolio manager, CMBS, Resource Real Estate Funding 

• Christina Smyth, Esq., owner, Smyth Law P.C. and president of RESA

The esteemed panelists will discuss the top real estate transactions, construction projects and investments they have been involved with, along with the developments they oversaw that have helped design New York City’s skyline. They will also touch on their experiences climbing the ranks, lessons learned from both success and failure, current trends, their predictions for real estate’s future and how women will play a pivotal role.

“This event series is designed to highlight the critical role that women have played in shaping New York City real estate and inspire both and male and female real estate professionals to reach the top,” said Anthony Davidson, PhD, MBA, dean of Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. “We are honored that MaryAnne and all of the esteemed panelists will help launch what is sure to be an eye-opening and thought-provoking event series which will prove beneficial for all the attendees.”

“She Builds: The Dealmakers - Lessons Learned on the Front Line from Iconic Women in Real Estate” will take place on April 25 at Fordham’s School of Law, 150 West 62nd St. Registration for the event is $25. To register, visit:

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