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NY Law School: The Rooftops Project

  • 13 Apr 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  • New York Law School * 185 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

The Rooftops Conference NYC 2018, our eighth annual event in New York City, will be held
on Friday, April 13th. Each symposium for the not-for-profit sector focuses on the role of
real estate -- owned, leased, or hosted physical space -- in the operations, financial performance, and achievement of mission by not-for-profit organizations of all sizes and mission types

The Conference will again be held at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York.
If you have already registered, we look forward to seeing you there. If have not yet registered, please plan to join us. Attendance is free, but registration is required. You may register online by clicking here.

Panelists from the not-for-profit sector, the real estate industry, and the professions will explore themes illustrating how not-for-profit executives, staff, and board members can collaborate in addressing real estate and space needs in achieving their organizations' core objectives. The Conference is a forum for meaningful discussion and also a chance to interact with peers in the social sector and the real estate industry. Whether you are involved in real estate and space decisions every day or once in a while, you'll hear something new that may validate, challenge, or even change your approach. We hope you will join us!


Registration is required and open now. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. Please register online by clicking here. For questions you may call 212.431.2306.

Who Should Attend?

Not-for-Profit Executives and Staff ~ Board Members ~ Volunteers ~ Lawyers
Real Estate Industry and Social Sector Professionals ~ Donors and Funders
Government Officials and Staff


Friday, April 13, 2018  *  8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


New York Law School  *  185 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013  

(at the intersection of West Broadway and Leonard)


The Rooftops Conference NYC 2018

Snapshots from the Rooftops: Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Conference Moderator: James Hagy

Why Workplace Matters: When It's Really All About Culture

More than half of the companies on the Fortune 500 have disappeared since the year 2000. And yet, we are only at the beginning of what the World Economic Forum calls the "Fourth Industrial Revolution," characterized not only by mass adoption of digital technologies but by innovations in everything from energy to bioscience. This is a time of unbelievable disruption. What factors will enable some organizations to survive these turbulent times? As much as any other factor, culture directly impacts the performance - and even the survival - of an organization. Beau Everett will make the case that corporate real estate has a critical role to play in the long-term success of an organization through the creation of environments that can shape individual behavior and ultimately effect a durable impact on organizational culture.

Beau Everett, Vice President, Real Estate and Housing, NYU Langone Health

New York: The City for Not-for-Profit Organizations

New York City residents, and its government, have a uniquely strong appreciation for the breadth and depth of the contributions made by the social sector. In addition to the important impacts made by their core missions, New York City's not-for-profits are a major employer and economic driver, as well as helping to create the vibrant and diverse metropolis that attracts and sustains for-profit businesses and educates and cares for its workforce. Matthew Mo, Vice President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, will provide an informal overview of the resources offered to both new and established not-for-profit organizations by NYC EDC.

Moderator: Erin Bond, Assistant Dean, Academic Program Development, and Adjunct Professor, Center for Real Estate Studies, New York Law School

Presenter: Matthew Mo, Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Closing Reflections on Plenary Session and Breakouts

This year's Rooftops Conference format includes extended breakout sessions that will function as mini-workshops, including time for audience interaction and Q&A. Professor James Hagy will share reflections on the themes that are woven throughout this year's Conference program.

Attendees will be able to select any one of the following concurrent sessions, subject to space availability.

Breakout Session A

A Matter of Trust

Not-for-profit organizations manage construction processes ranging from new building construction or major renovations, to the most seemingly minor of repairs, to landlord or tenant build-out of tenant leased space. All of these projects are worthy of documentation to define expectations about time, cost, scope, and quality. There also is a need to allocate responsibility if there are cost overruns, time delays, defects, or subsequent changes in the work or materials. Yet no one wishes for a need to turn to those documents in a dispute leading to controversy, litigation, or arbitration. What role does trust play in selecting the team and how can relationships be built that transcend the traditional contracting process?

Moderator/Co-Panelist: Michael Phillipou, Partner, Venable LLP


William J. Gilbane III, Senior Vice President, Gilbane Building Company

Ashley Hughes, Director of Operations, Blue School

Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, Founding Partner, Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers

Susan B. Wallace, Principal, Zubatkin Owner Representation, LLC


Breakout Session B

Cybersecurity, Data and The Internet of Things

Whether you are a corporate or not-for-profit executive or board member, a lawyer or consultant, or a media journalist, a topic you are most likely to say may keep you awake at night in 2018 is cybersecurity, which is in the news every day. What are cyber threats that may affect not-for-profit organizations, where are key areas of vulnerability, and what steps can not-for-profit organizations take to avoid, or respond to, assaults on their private data, their funding platforms, and the buildings and spaces in which they operate? What is the "Internet of things" and how will automation and informational technology in the operation and management of physical space enhance building performance, but also introduce new channels of potential cyber threat?

Moderators: Dmitriy Ishimbayev, Founder, Ishimbayev Law Firm and

Kristen Porro Reilly, Partner, Porro Law Group LLC


Eric Chuang, Managing Director, Cyber Incident Response, BDO

Mauricio F. Paez, Partner, Jones Day


Breakout Session C

To Market, To Market (2018 Edition)

Tenants and their representatives looking for space in major markets often start with a request for proposals from landlords, which launches the conversation about what is possible. This panel of NYC real estate professionals will engage in a realistic and unrehearsed dialogue among a mock landlord, mock tenant, and advisors focusing on several of the key clauses that every tenant should include in considering and selecting new space to lease. You will watch the outcomes unfold just as they do!

Moderator: Richard Warshauer, Senior Managing Director, Colliers International NYC LLC


Landlord Representatives:

Alireza Esmaeilzadeh, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Residential Development, Forest City Ratner Companies

Megan Sheehan, Managing Director, Leasing -- New York City, Tishman Speyer

Tenant Representatives:

Ruth Colp-Haber, Partner, Wharton Property Advisors, Inc.


Joel Singer, Esq., Attorney At Law

Ellen Sinreich, Esq, LEED AP, Founder and Managing Principal, The Sinreich Group

Breakout Session D

Innovative Ideas for New York Real Estate

This panel will explore ways that nonprofits, including but not limited to community development corporations and affordable housing developers, are using innovative strategies and tools to finance, develop and maximize the value of their real estate.

Facilitator: Tamara Salzman, Associate, Kellner Herlihy Getty & Friedman, LLP

Moderator: David A. Goldstein, Managing Partner, Goldstein Hall PLLC


Jason Labate, Senior Associate, Goldstein Hall PLLC

Peter Madden, Executive Director, JOE NYC

Scott Short, CEO, RiseBoro Community Partnership

Sunil K. Aggarwal, Founding Principal, Managing Director, ThinkForward Financial, LLC





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