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NOVEMBER 2-3, 2021

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Elevating the Conversation

The IPA supports industry initiatives to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion
throughout the PDI workforce. Join us to hear from people of diverse backgrounds,
experiences, and expertise as we elevate the conversation on creating a vibrant
environment that respects and values our individual differences.

IPA Member: $99

IPA Non-Member: $149

**Please note, New York City requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination for indoor activities. Click here for more info.**



Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

811 7th Avenue, W 53rd St,
New York, NY 10019

*Attendees can call reservations as well at
1-888-627-7067 just mention IPA.

**Please note, New York City requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination for indoor activities. Click here for more info.**




Implementing Change in the Workplace

Wesley LePatner is a Senior Managing Director in the Real Estate Group and serves as the Global Chief Operating Officer of the Core+ business and the Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT). Ms. LePatner also serves as the Chair of the Women’s Initiative at Blackstone.

Before joining Blackstone in 2014, Ms. LePatner spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of the Real Estate Investment Group within the Asset Management Division. Prior to that, Ms. LePatner worked in Goldman Sachs’ Real Estate Principal Investment Area and the Real Estate Investment Banking Group.

Ms. LePatner received a BA from Yale University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.



5:00 PM – 5:30 PM ET

Welcome Remarks

Join our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee co-chairs as they welcome attendees, outline the goals and initiatives of the Committee, and preview event sessions that can help member firms elevate conversations on creating a vibrant DEI workforce.

Deborah Froling
Kutak Rock LLP

Vere Reynolds-Hale
Head of National Accounts,
Griffin Capital Securities

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM ET

Sponsored By

KEYNOTE: Implementing Change in the Workplace

Our keynote speaker, Wesley LePatner, Senior Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, will discuss DEI best practices, examine the challenges of implementing corporate DEI initiatives across the wide variety of IPA member firms, share recommendations for tackling change, and provide advice on how to build an inclusive work environment. 

Wesley LePatner
Senior Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust

Anne-Marie Vandenberg
IPA Chair-Elect, President, CCO & Portfolio Manager, RREEF Property Trust, Inc.

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM ET

Networking Cocktail Reception


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM ET


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET

The Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

All companies fundamentally want to succeed and perform at the highest levels. Learn from McKinsey & Company Associate Partner, David Baboolall, how diversity drives performance and why it can be an important predictor of a company’s success. David will share data related to fund company performance as it relates to diversity, to give members a framework to which to work from.

David Baboolall
Associate Partner,
McKinsey & Co.

10:00 AM ET – 11:00 AM ET

Understanding Evolving ESG Policies & Practices 

As Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) policies and practices become more and more prevalent, this panel explores how companies are evaluating factors like environmental sustainability and DEI when determining how to allocate resources and set investment criteria.

Angie Fisher, 
Vice President, Operations, Strategic Planning & Projects, CIM Group

Amy Ridge
Principal, Mercer Private Markets,

Nathaalie Carey
Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs & Social Responsibility, NAREIT

Alice Connaughton
Morrison & Foerster LLP

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM ET

Networking Break

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM ET

How Are We Implementing Change at the Top? 

Lasting cultural change comes from the top. It comes from concrete and noticeable changes in leadership behavior– what they do, who they hire, who they ask to move on, who they listen to and emulate, where they spend their time, what they talk about in meetings, what they measure, how they invest the firm’s money — and not from sitting at a desk or hanging corporate posters and banners. Management has to be committed to change and lead by example. In this discussion, learn from CEOs and industry leaders as they share ideas on how to discuss and create real and meaningful DEI cultural change.

Deborah Froling
Partner, Kutak Rock LLP

Gloria Nelund
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,

Nancy Fahmy
Managing Director,
Bank of America

Liz Day
Senior Counsel,
Invesco Ltd.

12:15 PM – 1:40 PM ET

Sponsored By

Working Lunch: So What Do I Do Now? Practical Steps for Change in Your Life and Organization

Change isn’t only big, structural, and difficult. It’s possible for each of us to make change and be more inclusive and impactful in our own spheres, right now. Once you’ve had the chance to reflect internally as well as examine your own areas of influence, what’s one thing you’ll commit to changing? Join us as we focus on integrating learnings into action and reflect on our individual roles in advancing DEI work.

Sara Blanchard
Facilitator, TEDx Speaker, Writer, and Consultant;
Author of Flex Mom, and Co-Host of Dear White Women 

Misasha Suzuki Graham
Facilitator, Writer, Speaker;
Co-Host of Dear White Women 

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM ET

The Pandemic and its Impact on Diversity

The pandemic, which necessitated and created unprecedented flexibility in the workforce, also had a disparate impact on certain demographics. This panel will provide suggestions on how companies can enrich their diversity and training programs to help develop new skills and jobs to create a more robust and equitable workforce.

Anya Coverman,
SVP, Government Affairs and General Counsel, IPA

Chantalle Couba
Inclusion and Diversity Officer and Chief of Staff, Executive Office, Cetera Financial Group

Courtland Warren
CEO, Speaker, Corporate Trainer,

David Baboolall
Associate Partner,
McKinsey & Co.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Closing Remarks

Nina Anderson
Client & Partner Group,
KKR & Co.