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Fri, Mar 06



New York | International Women's Day Luncheon

Join us to be inspired by leading entrepreneurs at our special International Women's Day Luncheon. Confirmed speakers include Caren Maio, CEO Nestio | Francesca Loftus, CEO hOM | Amy Pooser, COO Convene | Darlene Pope, Head of Smart Workplace & Linda Quarles, Practice Lead, Frog Design

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New York | International Women's Day Luncheon
New York | International Women's Day Luncheon

Time & Location

Mar 06, 2020, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Convene, 605 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10158, USA

About the Event


On the theme of ENTREPRENEURSHIP, Women in PropTech's International Women’s Day Luncheon is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear inspiring talks from leading women that embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. You will also have a chance to work with them in a workshop format to conceptualize ideas to solve our city’s biggest challenges.

Enjoy a beautiful lunch and a glass of Prosecco while you meet and mingle with your industry peers. Stay on after the event to network with your new connections in the Convene lounge.


"A warm welcome

by Amy Pooser

Global Chief Operating & Chief People Officer


Amy is uses an intentional, business-centered approach to shape and evolve the Convene’s widely regarded culture, its people infrastructure, and its operations organization to drive overall business success. She is also a certified executive coach, board member, and culture and leadership authority and alchemist for early stage and high growth companies. Amy is also the CEO and founder of New Fashioned and a board member and the chief people officer of ProductLab, LLC and Sand Hill Pharma. 

Part of the founding team and a former executive at athenahealth (ATHN), Amy has start-up-to-public company experience building the culture and leadership team at one of the most successful SaaS companies in healthcare. After athenahealth's IPO, Amy moved on to found Hawthorn Tree Consulting, which later became New Fashioned, where she developed her executive coaching skills and leveraged her operating experience to deliver coaching, consulting, advisory and leadership search services that benefit notable PE/VC-backed growth companies and their boards. 

Amy graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, where she double-majored in political science and women’s and gender studies, with the equivalent of a minor in religion, focusing on Buddhist theory. 


"Be Disruptive... Think Outside the Box

by Darlene Pope

Global Head of Smart Buildings and Digital Workplace


Darlene Pope is Vice President and Global Lead for Smart Buildings and Digital Workplace Experience at WeWork. Ms. Pope is a smart building industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, technology, and smart building consulting. Prior to WeWork, Ms. Pope served as an EVP/Managing Director and Global Practice Lead for JLL's Smart Building Practice. 

Ms. Pope is a globally recognized visionary, subject matter expert, author, and speaker on smart buildings, digital workplace, IoT, energy management, mobile applications, wireless solutions, and other real estate technologies. Based on her accomplishments and work in the industry, she was named "Visionary of the Year" in DC in 2016, was recognized as a DaVinci Gold Award Winner and received the President's Award For Excellence at JLL in 2017, is one of Bisnow's Power Women in Commercial Real Estate, and was recently named one of the Top 10 Women in Technology by Connected Real Estate Magazine.

 "Be curious about the world!

by Linda Quarles

Practice Lead, Director, Strategy & Organization Design

Frog Design

Read Linda's article From Change Management to Change Engagement here

In her role as Director, Strategy + Organizational Design at frog, Linda provides a broad range of consultative services to build capability and improve organizational performance with clients globally. Her transformation clients include JLL, Pfizer, American Express, Hyundai, Facebook, Lufthansa, Mitel, BNY Mellon.

After more than two decades leading organization transformations at enterprises including Microsoft, Owens Corning, BAE Systems, and CIGNA, Linda brings empathy for leaders driving culture change, innovation and growth in organizations from startups to Fortune 50. Highlights include a corporate startup; all-time stock high for a 80-year old manufacturing company; 360% consulting practice revenue increase in one year; and 30% increase in sales revenue per head. She has lived and worked globally and specializes in cross-cultural entry. Her data-based behavioral science approach is influenced by neuroscience and human centered design. 

Linda holds a M.S. in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently serving as an Advisor in the Rutgers University Design Thinking program, and has served as adjunct or guest faculty at University of Pennsylvania/Wharton, New York University, Cornell University, University of Michigan, Pepperdine University, Bowling Green State University, and Catholic University, and holds certifications in executive coaching, MBTI, DISC, and the Basadur applied creativity profile. She is a popular podcast guest and speaker, and was recently featured at SXSW, Fast Company Innovation Festival, Design Management Institute, CultureFirst Conference.

 "Embrace the rollercoaster

by Caren Maio

CEO & Co-Founder


Read about Caren's views on launching startups here

Caren Maio is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nestio, the industry's leading leasing and marketing software for multifamily professionals. Prior to Nestio, Caren lent her business expertise to corporate sales positions at powerhouse brands Nike and The Wall Street Journal. Caren graduated from New York University. She has been named one of the 3 Female Entrepreneurs to Look Out For by Metro, one of the 15 Women to Watch in Tech by and won the Leading Entrepreneur award with Women in PropTech in 2019.

 "If You Imagine it You Can Create It

by Nikki Greenberg


Women in PropTech and Real Estate of the Future

Find out about what Nikki has been thinking about on her website here

Nikki Greenberg is a futurist and thought leader in the real estate industry. As Founder of Real Estate of the Future, she spends her days thinking about ways to capitalize on PropTech and disruptive innovations for real estate organizations to gain an edge. With a focus on innovation, Nikki brings big-picture strategic thinking to the full real estate lifecycle. Having worked as an architect on the design and development of mixed-use communities, shopping centers and luxury residential projects in Australia, USA, China and India, Nikki’s deep expertise spans the breadth of the real industry. 

Nikki also founded and leader Women in PropTech and is co-chair of ULI New York’s Technology and Innovation Council. Nikki sets the conversation around the future of real estate.She is an alumni of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where she attained with honours a Bachelors and Masters of Architecture, and Masters of International Business with a focus on China. 

 "Be curious about the world!

by Francesca Loftus

CEO & Co-Founder


Read our interview where Francesca disusses her path to success here

Francesca is co-founder and CEO of hOM, a community management platform for commercial and residential landlords. Formerly, she brought Europe’s largest start-up network, to five cities in North America, and ran a 14Ksqft performing arts space in New York City. Francesca was offered a position on Feed The Children’s board of problem-solvers at age 12, starred in Oscar Winner Julianne Moore’s Broadway Show, Freckleface and represented Canada in an array of mathematics competitions, garnering her a full-ride to University for Finite Mathematics. She is a graduate of MetaProp, the premiere real estate tech accelerator based in NYC. Recognized for her work as a founder and thought leader, she was nominated this year for Top Founder at MIPIM and is two years’ running listed as CRETech’s top female influencers. 


12.00pm -12.30pm Arrive and mingle

12.30pm -12.40pm Welcome address by Amy Pooser, Global Chief Operating & Chief People Officer at Convene

12.40pm -1.30pm Enjoy lunch while listening to inspiring speakers

1.30pm - 2.30pm Workshop

2.30pm - 3.00pm Presentations & Close

3.00pm - 4.00pm Stay on and network in the Convene space


6 March 2020

12 noon - 3pm


The Forum

605 Third Avenue

New York NY

Tickets including lunch are available at $145 


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Women in PropTech is the leading global networking and educational organization for PropTech and innovation in the built environment. Headquartered in New York City, the group advocates increased adoption of technology in real estate through awareness, education and inspiration. It is dedicated to promoting thought leadership and connecting brilliant individuals working in the sector globally. 


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