The Kayo 6th Annual Women’s Real Estate Summit unites 200 women leaders in commercial real estate investing for curated networking, educational content, and a supportive community atmosphere in Washington, D.C. Attendees include a thoughtful mix of institutional investors, real estate private equity, REITs, developers, lenders and commercial real estate advisors.

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  • All Days
  • Mon Apr 08
  • Tue Apr 09
  • Wed Apr 10
Mon Apr 08
12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Early Registration
2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
D.C.'s Leading Real Estate Investors

With its strong job market, historical significance and diverse neighborhoods, the Washington D.C. real estate market continues to attract investors despite challenging market conditions. Join us to hear insights into the evolving landscape of real estate development, investment and management from trailblazing women in the nation’s capital. Our panel of women leading in D.C. real estate will share strategies, lessons learned and their outlook on what’s to come in D.C.

2:45 pm
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Meet the Speakers

Connect with speakers after the mics are off, and you’ve (just) thought of the perfect question. After their session, speakers will be available for small group conversations and deeper insights on industry topics.

3:00 pm
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Knockout Networking

Our pre-conference structured networking helps attendees make connections with ease before the conference really begins. There are 90 minutes of roundtable discussions with topic prompts to help attendees open up about obstacles, challenges, wins and goals.

3:00 pm
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
LP Knockout Networking

Closed Door

Our pre-conference structured networking helps attendees make connections with ease before the conference really begins. Knockout Networking, kicks off with a 45-minute panel between industry peers. Secondly, there are 60-minutes of roundtable discussions with topic prompts to help attendees open up about obstacles, challenges, wins and goals.

5:30 pm
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Close out your first day with all the connections you’ve made and insights you’ve gained. Enjoy casual networking while sipping and savoring among three thoughtfully designed food + wine pairing stations.

Tue Apr 09
6:30 am
6:30 am - 7:15 am
Morning Wellness

Get those endorphins going! Join fellow attendees for the Morning Wellness session. It will be a strong start to your day, and a unique chance to connect with fellow early-riser Summit attendees. All levels are welcome and there is no additional charge to attend. Space is limited, registration will be available on-site.

8:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
VIP Lounge


Take advantage of exclusive lounge access to connect with fellow VIP attendees, take 1:1 meetings, enjoy light refreshments or catch up on emails. Open to VIP speakers, sponsors, and pass holders.

8:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connection Cafe


Located at the heart of the conference, the Connection Café will be the haven outside the ballrooms. Bistro tables and grab and go refreshments will create a location for an intentional or spontaneous pit stops between sessions. It will be the go-to spot for attendees to refuel, gather to chat, jot notes or take a clarity break. BONUS: There will be featured snacks each day during breaks!

Sponsored by Greystar and CBRE

7:30 am
7:30 am - 8:00 am
Grab and Join Breakfast
8:15 am
8:15 am - 9:00 am
Morning Keynote

Join us as we officially kick off the 6th Annual Real Estate Summit with featured speaker Maria Thompson. Maria is the Chief Operating Officer at Hoffman & Associates, overseeing all operating divisions of the company and representing $6B of Hoffman & Associates’ expanding portfolio. The firm develops transformational mixed-use, residential, office, entertainment, and retail spaces that enhance neighborhoods and shape cityscapes in Downtown and Southwest DC, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Maria is a proud, native Washingtonian. Through hard work and authenticity, she has risen to great success. She started her career in engineering, and today, she is among the few top female leaders in real estate development and construction. In this segment, Maria will provide insights from her nearly 30 years in the industry, share highlights from the exciting work at Hoffman & Associates, discuss the importance of mentorship and DEI, and share her outlook on commercial real estate.


9:00 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Real Estate Investment in 2024 and Beyond

Real estate remains a first-rate asset class, and economic indicators suggest a possible revival of deal activity in 2024. Join us for an insightful conversation with leading women dealmakers in the industry to discuss the future of commercial real estate investing. Hear the strategies and innovations from these trailblazers at top private equity firms, institutions, asset managers, and REITs who are navigating the ever-evolving real estate landscape.

10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Coffee Break
10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Debt Finance Fireside Chat

Join us for an engaging dialogue with Abbe Borok, Head of U.S. Debt for BentalGreenOak (BGO). Before joining BGO, she served as the Head of CRE & Debt Strategies for Amherst Capital Management. Abbe brings a wealth of expertise to her role. At BGO, she has spearheaded initiatives to fortify the firm’s presence in the debt market, elevate its lending platform, and grow her team. We’ll sit down with Abbe to discuss her career trajectory and gain insights into her leadership journey amidst BGO’s period of expansion.

10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Capital Raising Fireside: Setting Up the Dream Team

Join Sarah Schwarzschild, COO at Mavik Capital Management and moderator Kaitlin Kincaid from Keller Augusta in an enlightening discussion of firsthand insights into building a dream team. Learn about challenges they’ve faced, triumphs they’ve celebrated and strategies they’ve employed to navigate the complexities of leading within their organizations.

10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Construction Fireside Chat: Featuring Catherine Pfeiffenberger of Jamestown

Join Jamestown’s Catherine Pfeiffenberger, Managing Director and Head of Development and Construction, in conversation with Marta Lopez, Development Manager at Insight Property Group. This session will highlight lessons Catherine’s career in innovative ground-up developments and adaptive re-use projects. The discussion will also cover sustainability and the role it plays in development today, including Jamestown’s approach to creating new and vibrant mixed-use communities.

11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Sustainably Shaping the Built Environment

As the building and construction industry is responsible for 40% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, the sustainable construction sector is growing rapidly to reach net zero goals. This panel will explore the current and future landscape of sustainable construction, discussing key trends, technologies and innovations that are shaping the industry. Experts will share insights in the evolving demands of both investors and tenants, and how sustainable construction practices are influencing project planning and execution.

11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Raising Capital for Real Estate

Fundraising conditions have been challenging, with few funds being raised, a longer time to get to a closing, and tougher term sheets. This panel will explore recent trends, pitfalls to avoid, and changes to expect as we head into 2025.

11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
CRE Debt Market Outlook

Transaction volumes in 2023 experienced a decline across all subsectors compared to the previous year. However, the challenges presented by rising rates, inflation and declining property values have mobilized industry leaders to find innovative solutions and new avenues for generating returns. This panel will investigate the current risk/return dynamics and their implications for structured finance, private credit and distressed debt.

11:45 am
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Meet the Speakers

Connect with speakers after the mics are off, and you’ve (just) thought of the perfect question. After their session, speakers will be available for small group conversations and deeper insights on industry topics.

12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch with a Keynote

Insurance is impacting deals – on both construction and stabilized properties. The market is not showing signs of change anytime soon, so how can real estate executives meet lender requirements without blowing up deal flow? We will discuss what you can do to lessen the impact of insurance pricing as transaction activity returns. Thirty-year insurance veteran and real estate expert Chelley Schaper will weigh in on what you can do now to improve your insurance outcomes to influence future M&A activities.

1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Coffee Break
2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
From Units to Riches: Exploring Residential Rentals

Around 34% of Americans rent their homes, a number that is increasing year over year. Historically, multifamily has proven to be a lucrative investment, though this area is facing challenges due to supply shortages and turbulence in the market. Conversely, single-family rentals are emerging into the spotlight as consumer appetites for these units have increased and their typical renters bring more stability. This panel will explore housing investment trends, the outlook for new development, and strategies for how investors can deliver strong performance in a challenging market.   

2:00 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
RE Meets AI: Artificial Intelligence in a Relationship Industry

It has been said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) may become the single most influential human innovation in history. In the real estate industry, AI has the potential to boost productivity, decrease operational costs and empower stakeholders to efficiently find, research and finalize deals. Is this tech at odds with the industry’s relationship-driven nature or is it a tool to enhance connections? This panel of investors and tech experts will explore the opportunities and apprehensions surrounding the rise of AI.

2:45 pm
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Housing Deals: Financing Against Headwinds

In 2023, there was a notable decrease in mortgage volume. Despite ongoing challenges in obtaining financing, deals professionals persist in discovering promising opportunities. Some experts remain optimistic, anticipating a recovery in 2024. This expert panel of borrowers, brokers, and lenders will discuss effective strategies for securing financing for housing projects in a challenging market.

2:45 pm
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
The Industrial Revolution: Real Estate Outlook

Industrial real estate has gained significant market shares and currently represents 20% of the total commercial real estate market. As domestic production is gaining more popularity, it’s aiding leasing and investments in the U.S. industrial CRE market. Nearshoring is also changing the national industrial landscape as recent port expansions are increasing demand for surrounding industrial space. How can these new industrial spaces contribute to economic growth and allow stakeholders to integrate these spaces within the nearby community? This panel will discuss new major hubs, trending property types and the impact of the diversification of ports on the industrial real estate market.

3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Meet the Speakers

Connect with speakers after the mics are off, and you’ve (just) thought of the perfect question. After their session, speakers will be available for small group conversations and deeper insights on industry topics.

4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wind-Down Walk

A Kayo tradition at every event! Once the conference wraps for the day, leave your business attire behind and stretch your legs for a low intensity walk to unwind before your dinner plans. Led by a Kayo team member, this group of attendees will meet at the hotel lobby and embark on a 60-minute walk, connecting over uncommon commonalities and soaking in the waterfront beauty of The Wharf.

6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CIO Outlook Panel - By Invitation Only

In this closed door session, this panel of leaders will discuss today’s inflationary market and how real assets are being thrust into the spotlight as a traditionally lower risk asset class. As allocators are approached with numerous opportunities, Chief Investment Officers must be able to see the big picture and create the best strategies to position their portfolios to generate the best returns and manage risk. In this panel discussion, some of the top CIOs will share their insights into the role of real assets within their portfolios, how they balance risks and returns, and aligning with the right managers for their strategy.

6:45 pm
6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
VIP Dinner

By invitation only, the VIP Dinner will create a curated evening of networking and insights for Limited Partners, Sponsors and select GPs. The evening will kick off with a thought-provoking 45-minute CIO panel discussion, followed by dinner and cocktails. Invitees will make meaningful connections and the strategic panel discussion will take center stage.

Wed Apr 10
8:00 am
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connection Cafe


7:30 am
7:30 am - 8:00 am
7:30 am
7:30 am - 8:00 am
LP ONLY Breakfast

Closed Door


8:00 am
8:00 am - 8:15 am
Welcome Remarks
8:30 am
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Real Estate LP Fireside

Andrew Palmer is an esteemed veteran in the world of institutional investing. He was appointed to the role of Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System in 2015. His background includes serving as Deputy CIO of the Tennessee Office of the Treasurer and Director of Fixed Income Investments for ASB Capital Management for over 20 years. Today Andrew oversees more than $65 Billion in assets of the state’s public employee plan, including a robust allocation to real assets. In this one-on-one conversation, we’ll hear how he has guided the organization through change, making highly strategic decisions using foresight gained through extensive experience in both public and private sectors and how he sees his role evolving.


9:00 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
LP Perspective on Allocations to Real Estate

With allocators currently investing over $30 billion into the real estate market and growing, real estate is an expanding alternative asset class with increasing institutional interest. In previous inflationary markets, it’s shown resilience and outperformed competing asset classes. With that in mind, what is on the mind of allocators as they position their portfolios to stay resilient in an ever-changing market? How are they reexamining the role that real estate plays within their portfolios? 

9:45 am
9:45 am - 10:00 am
Coffee Break & Meet the Speakers
12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Roundtable Lunch

During the Roundtable Lunch, attendees will fill their plates and choose a table based on thoughtfully designed topics. A welcoming discussion host will lead each table’s conversation and participants will connect with like-minded individuals. There will also be tables available without topics for spontaneous conversations and networking—where the possibilities are endless!

confirmed speakers

2024 line up

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who should attend


Investors, deal originators, portfolio company c-suite and operating partners.


Focusing on commercial real estate.


Endowments, foundations, pensions, insurance, OCIO’s, and other institutional investors.


Debt providers, including credit and commercial bank lenders.


Attorneys, insurance, consultants, Saas and others.

what to expect



Become a go-to person. Let industry leaders know about your niche and what deals to send your way.


Expert speakers across the commercial real estate industry will share insights on risks, opportunities, legal issues, and trends.


Build stronger relationships with your peers in the commercial real estate community.


Connect with industry peers and professionals in 1:1 Meetings, Roundtables and group activities.

past attendees

Imagine the connections you’ll make

  • Ares Management Corporation

  • AEW

  • Appollo Global Management

  • BentallGreenOak

  • Callan

  • Canyon Partners

  • CBRE

  • CIM Group

  • Consolidated Edison

  • Federal Capital Partners

  • Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund

  • Lazard

  • LEM Capital

  • J.P. Morgan

  • Maryland State Retirement & Pension System

  • Nuveen

  • Partners Group

  • Starwood Capital Group

  • TRS of Texas

  • Virginia Retirement System


2023 was a challenging year in real estate, but will the year ahead have more bright spots? Expert panelists Laura Dietzel of RSM, Kim Kretowicz of Colliers and Julie Skolnicki of Greystar, joined Kayo moderator Ashley Johnson for a webinar highlighting real estate trends expected to impact the commercial real estate industry in 2024. The conversation included observations on desirable asset classes, how deals are being structured in the current economic climate, how to navigate the lender/borrower relationship and more.


The Intercontinental at the Wharf is a luxury hotel that anchors The Wharf, a development project revitalizing Washington D.C.’s Potomac River waterfront. The venue is a mile from the monuments, museums, and the White House and less than 20 minutes from Reagan Airport (DCA).


Looking to advance yourself through a speaking opportunity? The agenda is under curation and our programming team is looking for speakers to take the podium.










Thank you for your interest! Registration for the 2024 Women’s Real Estate Summit is currently closed. Please complete the brief form below to indicate your interest in next year’s Women’s Real Estate Summit in April 2025 in Chicago.



General tickets include:

– 4 Meals + Welcome Reception
– 8 hours of networking
– 8 hours of content



VIP tickets include a general pass, plus:

– Access to VIP Lounge
– Attendee list in advance
– Media kit



LP tickets include a general pass, plus:

– VIP access
– LP closed-door programming

Fee-Earning LPs must register with a general or VIP ticket

more than a conference



Quality over quantity. We curate audiences so there is an intentional and diverse mix of partners, clients and peers. You will connect easily and authentically.


We believe individuals should take ownership over their professional development. Our events offer educational topics and industry insight to advance attendees from all areas.


Events for women, designed by women. Connection is a top priority at Kayo events because people thrive in community and struggle without it. You’ll be championed by your peers!



“That was my first Kayo event and it was hands down the best conference I have ever attended.”


“So refreshing to be surrounded by women in such a positive and supportive space.”


“This was the best conference I’ve been to, maybe ever!”

trailblaze together


Invest in yourself while you network with other trailblazers.


Get behind the podium to advance your career.


Be the company that walks beside women in your industry.