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Event Date Mon Sep 20 EDT - Wed Sep 22 EDT (27 days ago)
Location Virtual Events
Region All

What is REITworks? Nareit’s REITworks is an educational conference where REIT industry professionals will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and good governance impacting the real estate sector. Attendees will hear thought leaders discuss key topics related to accounting, financial reporting, sustainability, capital markets, disclosures, investor relations, diversity and inclusion, human resources, and more.

Why should I attend? The commercial real estate industry is changing quickly—environmental, social, and governance issues are no longer the sole responsibility of one individual or a small team. ESG has truly become an enterprise-wide issue. Whether it’s learning about the implications of the new leasing standard, successful ESG reporting, or how to effectively implement or enhance a diversity and inclusion program, REITworks will set you up to succeed in your field.

REITworks allows you to select the educational sessions that work best for you. You’ll have the ability to craft your own program to suit your needs, interests, and professional goals. Attendees will also be able to earn continuing education credits.

Who will be at REITworks? REITworks is open to all interested professionals. The topics of focus at REITworks affect many different roles within the real estate industry and will cover both a tactical and strategic perspective. Attendees’ job functions will include human resources, accounting, c-suite, finance, sustainability, investor relations, legal, operations, asset management, and more.


2021 Speakers


Jeff Symes
SVP & Chief Accounting Officer, Cousins Properties

Arjun Mahalingam
CAO, WP Carey

Julie Kelly
Director of Accounting, Highwoods Properties

Sean Willson
Corporate Controller, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Shawn Johnston
EVP - Chief Accounting Officer, Healthpeak Properties, Inc.

Mark Skomal
SVP Chief Accounting Officer, CyrusOne Inc.

Grace Knude
SVP Accounting and Finance, Extra Space Storage, Inc.

Marc Smernoff
EVP & CFO, Americold Realty Trust

Daniel Borges
SVP & CAO, Iron Mountain


Kimberly Reed
The Corporatepreneur ™ Chief Transformational Officer, Reed Development Group

Mark Chambers
Senior Director for Building Emissions & Community Resilience, Council on Environmental Quality

Stacy LaFrance
SVP & CAO, STORE Capital Corporation

Merline Saintil
Lead Independent Director and Chair of Compensation, Rocket Lab


Tim Ryan
US Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC

Carol Samaan
VP, Corporate Counsel & ESG, Healthpeak Properties, Inc

Greg Smithies
Partner, Climate Technology Invesment, Fifth Wall

Dana Robbins Schneider
SVP, Director of Energy & Sustainability, Empire State Realty Trust

Chris Laz
AVP, Sustainability, Realty Income Corporation

Mary Hogan Preusse
Founder & Principal, Sturgis Partners LLC

Terah Devereaux
SVP, Accounting & Reporting, Regency Centers Corporation

Carolyn Carter Singh
EVP, Chief Talent Officer, Brixmor Property Group Inc.

Tom Ehmann
Partner, KPMG LLP

Matt Bechard
Executive Vice President, Communications, Nareit

Roberta Reardon
Commissioner, NYS Department of Labor

Lily Proom
Sr. Associate, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

Dara Bernstein
SVP & Tax Counsel, Nareit

Kelly Meissner
Director, Sustainability, Ventas, Inc.

Christopher Drula
SVP, Financial Standards, Nareit

Jessica Long
Head of Sustainability, Americas, Nuveen Real Estate

Bonnie Gottlieb

Natalie Teear
Senior Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability and Social Impact, Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.

Fulya Kocak
Senior Vice President, ESG Issues, Nareit


Katherine Elliott
Director, Investments and Sustainability, Equity Residential

Colleen Richards Powell
SVP, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, American Tower Corporation

Tanya Foster
VP, Diversity & Inclusion, JBG SMITH

Lauren Alexander
Partner, EY

Sonia Barros
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Rob Barton
Global Real Estate | Accounting Advisory, Chatham Financial

Nishit Mehta
Partner, Grant Thornton LLP

Natalia Johnson
Chief Administrative Officer, Public Storage

Daren Moss
SVP, Operations & Sustainability, Brixmor Property Group Inc.

Dan Egan
SVP, Energy & Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust

Kirby Brendsel
AVP, Sustainability & ESG, Welltower, Inc.

Jan LaChapelle
EVP, Head of Capital Markets, Vornado

Amanda Boggs
Managing Director, Capital Markets Origination, Citigroup

Heidi DuBois
Executive Vice President & Head of ESG, Edelman

Sharon Tomkins
VP Sustainability, Sempra Energy

Jacques Gordon - Panelist
Global Head of Research & Strategy, LaSalle Investment Management

Conrad Woody
Partner & Head, U.S. Association & Corporate Affairs Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Sandra Quince
CEO, Paradigm for Parity

Aaron Binkley
Sr. Director, Sustainability, Digital Realty

Kevin Hagen
VP, ESG Strategy, Iron Mountain

Ilinna Frankiv
Director, Energy & Sustainability, Americas, WeWork

Robert Dibblee
SVP, Government Relations, Nareit

John Jones
SVP, Government Relations, Nareit

Ben Myers
VP, Sustainability, Boston Properties, Inc.

Matthew Myers
Director, Financial Reporting, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Christine Robinson
Sr. Manager, Deloitte

Rajan Rehan
Head of Real Estate Securities, Americas, BlackRock

Diane Wade
Principal, CBRE Clarion

Mihail Tonchev
Senior Portfolio Manager, Kempen Asset Management

Tammy Jones
CEO / Board Director, CEO, Basis Investment Group Board Member, Crown Castle Board Chair, Mack-Cali

Mary Tokar
Board Member, IASB

Alicia Posta
Assistant Director, Executive Director, Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, FASB

Christopher Benjamin
President & CEO, Alexander & Baldwin

Sponsors & Partners

2021 Sponsors

• Breeam USA
• Deloitte
• EY
• PwC

• Buddderfly
• UL

• Winston & Strawn, LLP

• Advisor-Access
• Real Assets Adviser
• reit
• Reit Wrap
• S&P Global
• Smart Brief