6th Annual CREFC Spring Symposium

Please join us for the 6th Annual CREFC Spring Symposium hosted by the Women's Network at Cadwalader. 

The Symposium will consist of panel sessions covering Next Gen Tech and Innovative Asset Classes, a keynote speaker, and numerous opportunities for networking.


Welcome Remarks
3:00pm - 3:10pm

Next Gen Tech
3:10pm - 4:00pm

Kathleen OlinManaging Director, Industry Initiatives, CRE Finance Council

Jeanne CaseyHead of PropTech and Innovation, Nuveen
Beth ForbesHead of Product Strategy, Morningstar Credit Information & Analytics
Kate ForemanSpecial Counsel, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Leigh KnopfDirector, Portfolio Client Success, Savills

Next Gen Tech will explore the next generation of technology in the commercial real estate sector. New technologies constantly emerge that impact property operations and finance, some on a daily life level and others on the cutting edge, perhaps even aspirational. The panel will delve into this topic with an eye on the property level and financing level. Specifically the panel will touch on:

  • Office – from the diverse perspectives of occupier and PropTech, what technologies are deployed, what are the benefits?
  • At the securitization level—where is technology helping in credit monitoring or in the legal work of the transactions?
  • What is the ESG tie in for technology—both in data collection/energy consumption and improving building efficiencies?
  • Is Blockchain the wave of the future?
  • What areas of PropTech are most exciting? What is overhyped?

Networking Break
4:10pm - 4:25pm

Innovative Asset Classes (Closed to Media)
4:25pm - 5:15pm

Wendy PeiManaging Director, Ellington Management

Shannon ErdmannPrincipal, Apollo Global Management
Rachel Hunter-GoldmanDirector, Real Estate, KKR
Katrina NiehausManaging Director, Goldman Sachs 
Gwen RoushSenior Vice President, North American CMBS, DBRS Morningstar
Lauren SterkExecutive Director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Discussion Topics:

  • What property types are investors looking for? Alternatives to traditional property type food groups.
  • Evolution of existing property types and emergence of new asset classes and specialized property types.
  • Survival of the fittest or evolution? Innovative solutions for properties that are functionally obsolete. Can failed property types be revived?
  • Unique/innovative asset classes are being created as a sign of the times such as life science, data centers, NNN leases, marijuana dispensaries.
  • How are investors and rating agencies analyzing new asset classes and getting comfortable? Going under the hood of traditional underwriting versus new or specialized asset classes.
  • How is the focus on technology and ESG disrupting traditional asset classes?

Networking Break
5:15pm - 5:30pm

Keynote Speaker Session
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Radha Agrawal, Co-Founder, Daybreaker

Disruptive Innovation & Community Building
Despite all of our “friends,” “followers” and “users,” humans and companies alike are having an increasingly difficult time connecting with one another. As a result, we are feeling more isolated and alone, and marketing is costing more than ever. Radha Agrawal calls this “community confusion.” She believes leaders need to cultivate their personal communities beyond business and that belonging and intentional community architecture are the most important "first focuses" in life and work. Radha will share easy step-by-step things you can immediately implement into your life to build the community of your dreams. She will go into depth about breaking industry molds with her companies, how she has handled motherhood and hard-charging entrepreneurship, and has continued to find inspiration through it all. Best-selling author of "Belong: Find Your People Create Community & Live A More Connected Life," Radha champions the importance of a strong community as well as building a strong, innovative brand image.

Networking Reception
6:30pm - 7:30pm