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Recent Presentations & Topics
The Intersection of Housing and Technology with Inclusive Leadership
Featuring Robert Reffkin ’03, Founder and CEO of Compass in conversation with Professor Christopher Mayer
Housing Equality & Opportunity
Featuring Alanna McCargo, VP, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute, Martin Muoto, Founder, Managing Partner, SoLa Impact, Lisa Rice, President, CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), Moderated by Professor Christopher Mayer
WX (New York Women Executives in Real Estate) Scholarship Information Session & Panel Discussion
Featuring Sara Queen, Head, Asset Management and Operations at Mapletree, Sharmeen Dossani, Director, US Real Estate at Zurich Alternative Asset Management, Robin Topol, Partner at Meister, Seelig & Fein, and Merrie Frankel, President of Minerva Realty Consultants
Ask the Recruiter: Where are the Jobs in Social Impact Real Estate?
Featuring Peter Gray ’97, Owner of Peter Gray Executive Search and Adjunct Professor Blair Smith ’00
New in the Classroom
Columbia CaseWorks Cases supported by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate
Olshan B (a follow-up to Designing a Strategy for Growth: Olshan Properties and the Transition to a Second Generation Company)
Taught in Real Estate Advanced Seminar
Andrea Olshan ’04 was one of a small set of women to move into leadership roles as second- or third-generation members of New York-based, family-owned real estate companies. Olshan joined Olshan Properties, the 60-year-old firm her father had founded, in 2004 and stepped up to the CEO position in 2012. Reevaluating her father’s “buy, hold, manage” business model, Olshan took steps to de-centralize decision-making and to transition to a more institutional platform. This case provides background on the firm’s organizational design, business model, and asset profile and asks students to consider what the firm’s best path to continued growth should be? Olshan B builds on Olshan A. Written from the perspective of a female real estate asset owner faced with managing relationships with her financial partners during the pandemic.
SoLa Impact: “Doing Well by Doing Good”
Taught in Social Impact Real Estate Investing
From the time of its founding in 2014, the real estate development organization Solo Impact has focused on renovating rundown properties to create affordable residential units for underserved people in South Los Angeles—generating healthy financial returns for its investors and creating positive social change in the neighborhoods it served.
Can SoLa Impact’s newly launched Black Impact Fund, continue to deliver solid financial returns for its investors while driving social change beyond its “home base” of South Los Angeles?
Harlem Renaissance/Victoria Theater (In Production)
Taught in Social Impact Real Estate Investing
“The Victoria Theater redevelopment project which brings to Harlem a world class hotel and a new apartment tower, half of which is affordable, greatly reinforces the economic, cultural and social fabric of the community,” —Craig Livingston, Managing Partner Exact Capital
The $178 million project is sponsored by the Harlem Community Development Corp. It is financed by Goldman Sachs, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the Empire State Development Corp.
The PPIL Initiative
Forging Pathways for Inclusion in Real Estate
Featuring Cedric Bobo, Founder of Project Destined and Sonny Kalsi, CEO of BentallGreenOak
Co-sponsored with the Black Business Students Association (BBSA)
This event addressed the following themes and essential skills: (1) DEI tools and policies and (2) racial identity and equity.
Influence, Achievement & Inclusivity: Women Executives in Real Estate
Featuring Michelle Felman, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Founder of JAM Holdings, Andrea Olshan ’04, CEO of Seritage Growth Properties, Lauren Hochfelder, Deputy CIO and Head of Americas MSERI, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, and Olivia John, Founder and CEO of Osso Capital
This event addressed the following themes and essential skills: (1) Power and Privilege (2) Creating an inclusive work environment (3) Gender Identity and Equity.
The LGBTQ+ Experience in Real Estate
Featuring Kimberly Hourihan, CIO Americas Real Estate and Executive Managing Director, Fund Manager at CBRE Global Investors, Brian Hwang ’17, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate at M&T Bank, Professor Brian Lancaster, Senior Lecturer at Columbia Business School and Founder and President of the Minot Group, Mario Palumbo, Managing Partner at Millennium Partners, and Ellen Qiu ’20, Investment Banking Associate at Credit Suisse
This event addressed the following themes and essential skills: (1) Managing Difficult Conversations (2) Creating an Inclusive Environment (3) LGBTQIA+ Identity and Equity.
Resources, Research & News
- The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative at Columbia Business School
- Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America (Tool)
- Pronouns in use
- CBS Zoom background generator (with preferred pronouns)
- Columbia University Resources for Promoting Racial Justice
- Columbia College Undergraduate Identity & Inclusion Series
- Columbia University Graduate Initiative: Learn, Engage, and Connect
- ULI: Foundations of Real Estate Certificate
- National Fair Housing Alliance
- AREAA: Asian American Real Estate Association of America
- The Gay Real Estate Group (GREG and LGREG)
- The Role of Business in Creating Sustainable Future featuring Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Recording)
- NAIOP Diversity Resource Center
- Future Housing Leaders: Led by Fannie Mae, Future Housing Leaders helps college and university students from diverse backgrounds find internships and full-time positions with real estate industry employers. Learn more about how your company can be involved.
- Real Estate Association of Latinx Professionals
- CREW Network 2020 Benchmark Study Report: Gender and Diversity in Commercial Real Estate
- Is an Algorithm Less Racist Than a Loan Officer? (New York Times, 9/18/2020)
- Civil Rights Groups Commend Top Mortgage Lenders & Industry Leaders for Urging HUD to Reconsider Disparate Impact Rule (National Fair Housing Alliance press relase, 7/15/2020)
- The Fight for Fair Housing: Causes, Consequences, and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act by Gregory D. Squires
- Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
- Can Zoom Be a Tool for Teaching Anti-Racism? by Modupe Akinola, Erin Kelly, Benjamin Kessler, Zoe Kinias, and Michael Norton
- Research from the Urban Institute
- Homeownership and the American Dream, by Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer
- CBS Launches Task for on Race, Diversity, and Inclusion (Columbia Business School News, 10/14/2020)
- Sonny Kalsi Is Striking ‘While the Iron Is Hot’ to Tackle Discrimination (Real Estate Forum Member, PERE, 8/24/2020)
- Real Estate Has a Diversity Problem. Will This Moment Lead to Real Change? (Commercial Property Executive, 8/3/2020)
- Nine Ways Real Estate Decision Makers Can Address Affordability and Gentrification (Forbes Real Estate Council Post featuring Remy Raisner ’08, 3/1/2021)
- The Opportunity Zone Podcast with Martin Muoto
- Creativity And Diversity: How Exposure to Different People Affects Our Thinking (NPR, 6/27/2020)
- To Help Black Developers, Programs Start With Access to Capital (New York Times, featuring Professor Christopher Mayer, 3/17/2021)
- Anti-Asian Racism: Educating Yourself and Others (Columbia Business School Leadership and Ethics News by Professor Dan Wang, 4/5/2021)
- Block by Block, He Aims to Fight Injustice and Save the Planet (Washington Post, 3/26/2021): Donnel Baird ’13 brings solar panels and clean heat to low-income neighborhoods through his startup BlocPower, where he is CEO.
- 15 Tips For Attracting And Retaining A Diverse Real Estate Workforce (Forbes Real Estate Council post, 4/27/2021)
Opportunities to Get Involved
Volunteer Opportunities for MBA Students and Alumni
- Project Destined: Real estate training with a competitive edge.
- SoLa Impact CORE Scholars: Become a virtual mentor: help coach and empower South Los Angeles’ youth at [email protected]
- ULI Mentorship Program: The mission of the ULI New York Mentor Program is to foster an exchange of professional ideas and mentorship between experienced executives in the industry (“Mentors”) and young real estate professionals in ULI under the age of 40 (“Mentees”).
- WX: New York Women Executives in Real Estate: WX promotes the advancement of women in real estate, enhances the public perception of the role of women within the industry and promotes the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and integrity in the field.
Organizations Championing Diversity in the Real Estate Industry and Helping to Develop a Pipeline of Diverse Talent
- PREA - SEO: To pursue the PREA Foundation's transformative mission, the PREA Foundation has partnered with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), which has a 35-year track record of success providing select educational and internship opportunities to college students from underrepresented backgrounds.
- Avant Garde Network: The leading social impact company for emerging executives, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.
- NAIOP - REEX: Real Estate Immersion Program: NAIOP has partnered with like-minded organizations to offer summer immersion programs that focus on commercial real estate. These programs are offered in collaboration with universities across the U.S. and are specifically geared toward top students of diverse backgrounds.
- Project REAP: To advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the commercial real estate industry through education, mentorship, and partnerships.
- CREW Network: Transforming the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally.
- TOIGO Foundation: Toigo’s mission is to transform the performance of forward-thinking organizations through education and strategies that drive greater inclusion and the ongoing development and promotion of exceptional diverse leaders.