The fabric of tomorrow’s cities will be shaped by the strategies commercial real estate owners employ today.

We’ve all attended conferences with panelists discussing common real estate challenges: building tech stacks, leveraging data, improving tenant experiences.  

Join us for something different.

Innovation requires an embrace of the unknown. Like any Gordian Knot, our biggest challenges require bold action, fueled by creative thinking.

Hear unexpected perspectives from thought leaders within and outside our industry. Engage directly with your peers, sharing strategies to solve big challenges. Walk away feeling inspired, armed with new ideas to drive greater value for portfolios, investors, tenants, and beyond.




Gregor Robertson is a Canadian entrepreneur and politician, who served as Mayor of Vancouver from 2008 to 2018. In Mayor Robertson’s decade in office Vancouver’s economy led the country in growth and diversity, record levels of affordable housing, job space and public transit were built, and Vancouver became one of the world’s greenest cities. 

Robertson will discuss how city governments, real estate developers, and technology companies can work together to build the cities of our future.



Achieving Spatial Alchemy: How Space Can Transform Work

Until recently, our industry has been focused on the transaction of a space, rather than how a space can help transform the experience of the people who occupy the space. Our customers need better, more flexible options on-demand and workspaces that reflect their energy and culture.

There’s a certain alchemy that is required to turn a physical space into a place where people can exchange dynamic ideas, flourish as a community, and feel inspired to perform at their most productive and creative best.

Picard will discuss the “Four C’s” – the most important elements to achieve this “alchemy": Concentration, Collaboration, Community, and Convenience and how it supports a company’s culture.

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Author and venture capitalist, Scott Hartley will explore the counter-intuitive truth that in our increasingly data-driven and algorithmic world, it’s the human skills that give us our comparative advantage against machines. While robotics and machine learning will help optimize away routine tasks, our ability to ask the right questions, collaborate and improvise, the so-called “soft skills,” become exclusively human.

Just as brilliant architecture coheres art and mathematics, this blending of “Fuzzy” and “Techie” becomes paramount as we strive to adopt technology yet retain our own humanity, as we attempt to use Big Data but not algorithmically propagate our own human biases.

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Predictability is power, whether it relates to making the airlines run on time, investing money, or simply relying on a red light following yellow at a traffic signal. As valuable as predictability is, the design and construction industry has a terrible time creating predictable outcomes. In 2016, A McKinsey report documented “large projects typically take 20 percent longer to finish than scheduled and are up to 80 percent over budget.”

It turns out that predictable outcomes are a product of culture, not process. Dr. Bryson will discuss the importance of creating an industry and project culture grounded in purposeful leadership, transparent collaboration, and “master-chef-level” decision-making to finally address massive inefficiencies, waste, and unpredictability.



Luke Petherbridge  CEO & President

Luke Petherbridge
CEO & President

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Jamie Hodari  CEO & Co-Founder

Jamie Hodari
CEO & Co-Founder

Charlie Kuntz  Innovation Officer

Charlie Kuntz
Innovation Officer

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Roundtable leaderS

Ilene Goldfine  VP, Business Technology Group

Ilene Goldfine
VP, Business Technology Group

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Andrea Jang  Growth Lead, Americas

Andrea Jang
Growth Lead, Americas

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Mike Fransen  Chief Operating Officer

Mike Fransen
Chief Operating Officer

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Robert Entin  Executive VP, Chief Information Officer

Robert Entin
Executive VP, Chief Information Officer

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Allison McFaul  Managing Director

Allison McFaul
Managing Director

Sara Shank  Managing Director & Head of Portfolio Management

Sara Shank
Managing Director & Head of Portfolio Management

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Kevin Smith  Head of Asset Services

Kevin Smith
Head of Asset Services

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Steve Novick  Senior Managing Director, Head of Asset Management

Steve Novick
Senior Managing Director, Head of Asset Management

Scott Silverberg  VP, Asset Management, Office

Scott Silverberg
VP, Asset Management, Office

John Gilbert  COO & Executive VP

John Gilbert
COO & Executive VP

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Applying Pressure: When to Lean In, When to Back Off, and How to Know the Difference

It takes between half a million and 4 million years to create a natural diamond, which illustrates the idea that a great deal of pressure is required to make something very precious. In commercial real estate, iconic buildings, new business models, and infrastructure innovations don’t happen easily or quickly. Hear from experts who have made their careers by understanding when to lean in and apply pressure to a new idea vs. when to spend their time elsewhere.

What is the Next Era of Real Estate, and Who Will Help Us Operate in That Era?

Technology adoption among real estate owners is becoming common practice. Now that adoption has taken hold, many owners see incremental gains in the way they do business. But will new technology and other innovations fundamentally change the way we do business? Hear from experts about innovations they believe will change our industry over the next 5 years.



Roundtable discussions

Change Management

Does any sane person embrace change? Implementing change, even when necessary, can be disruptive, extraneous, and expensive, making it something to be avoided at all costs. However, as rapid and continual change are about the only things upon which we can rely, seize the opportunity to engage in peer discussion regarding knowing when it’s time for change, avoiding change management disasters, and mastering strategies that drive success.

Operational Excellence

Across our industry, competition for assets has increased dramatically as growing asset value becomes as compelling as acquiring them. Changing urban landscapes now require innovation in repositioning buildings as tenants demand more in the spaces where they live, work, and play. Leverage this opportunity to discuss operational excellence as a competitive advantage.

Driving Transparency

Transparency into important aspects of our business is something that we both struggle to find, and struggle to provide to others. We’ve become accustomed to silos, protecting territory, and information hoarding. However, having answers means processing faster, working smarter, and accomplishing more. This roundtable challenges you to provide transparency to others without spending all your time pulling data and compiling reports as well as gain transparency from others to do your job well.


Day 1:

CRE Industry Summit

Thursday, May 2
1 Liberty Plaza
NYC 10006

Day 1 is open to all commercial real estate executives.

8:00 - 9:00AM: Breakfast & Registration

9:00 - 9:30AM: Welcome Remarks

9:30 - 10:15AM: Keynote - Scott Hartley

10:15 - 10:30AM: Break

10:30 - 11:15AM: Keynote - Lisa Picard

11:15AM - 12:00PM: Panel - Why the Largest Global Banks are Hyper Focused on the Intersection of Real Estate and Technology

12:00 - 1:00PM: Lunch

1:00 - 1:45PM: Panel Breakout Sessions

  • Applying Pressure: When to Lean In, When to Back Off, and How to Know the Difference

  • What is the Next Era of Real Estate, and Who Will Help Us Operate in That Era?

1:45 - 2:45PM: Roundtable Breakout Sessions

  • Operational Excellence

  • Creating Transparency

  • Change Management

2:45 - 3:00PM: Break

3:00 - 3:45PM: Keynote - Gregor Robertson

3:45 - 4:30PM: Keynote - Barbara White Bryson

4:30 - 4:40PM: Closing Remarks

4:40 - 6:30PM: Cocktails & Networking

Day 2:

Customer Summit

Friday, May 3
101 Greenwich Street, NYC 10006

Day 2 is exclusively for Honest Buildings customers.

8:30 - 9:30AM: Breakfast and Registration

9:30 - 10:30AM: Welcome Address & Customer Highlights Panel

10:30 - 11:00AM: Networking Break

11:00 - 11:30: Product Breakouts

11:30 - 12:00PM: Product Breakouts

12:00 - 1:00PM: Lunch & Networking

1:00 - 1:30PM: Product Breakouts

1:30 - 2:00PM: Product Breakouts

2:00 - 2:30PM: 2019 Product Roadmap & Vision