Cornell Real Estate Distinguished Speaker Series

Bringing the real estate world to Ithaca

Every week, every semester, the Cornell Real Estate Distinguished Speaker Series attracts global industry leaders to campus to share insights and discuss important issues in the field. Speakers also explore current projects, tips for career advancement, and the paths that led them to success. Many students cite this exclusive opportunity to interact with recognizable figures from the industry as one of the most valuable aspects of the program.

Speakers include:

  • Fund managers, developers, investors, bankers, and others who talk about their segments of the industry
  • Experts on current topics ranging from changes in global capital markets to green city development, new investment opportunities, financing, and structuring strategies

A question-and-answer session typically follows the formal presentation, and conversation continues at a reception following the seminar. The Cornell Real Estate Distinguished Speaker Series is a required course for three of the four semesters of the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate.

2019 Spring Speaker Series

2018 Fall Speaker Series

2018 Spring Speaker Series

2017 Fall Speaker Series

2017 Spring Speaker Series

2016 Fall Speaker Series

  • September 1: Tom Vecchione ’86 (AAP), Design Director, Workplace Strategist, Principal, Gensler
  • September 8: Kate Bicknell ’99 (AAP), Senior Vice President, Forest City Ratner
  • September 15: Ben Butcher, Chief Executive Officer, STAG Industrial
  • September 22: Alex Klatskin, General Partner, Forsgate Industrial Partners
  • September 29: John Livingston, P ’12, Chief Executive Officer, AECOM
  • October 6: Ben Rowe ’96 (Hotel), Managing Partner, Khp Capital
  • October 20: Aref Lahham ’86 (Eng), Managing Director, Orion
  • November 3: Rick Latella, P ’10 and ’12 and Eric Lewis, Cushman Wakefield
  • November 10: Jeffery Horowitz ’86 (CHE), Global Head of Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging, Corporate and Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • November 17: Chris Albanese ’86 (A&S), President, Albanese Organization
  • December 1: Tom Murcott, Executive Vice President, Gale International Korea-US