Press Release

CBRE Hosts 2018 Women’s Networking Forum

19 3 2018

Women's Network

CBRE hosted its 2018 CBRE Women’s Networking Forum, the largest company gathering of women, March 14-16 in Chicago. The conference theme this year was “Impact,” recognizing the positive impact of women in the company and the commercial real estate industry.

“The Women’s Networking Forum has been an important business development opportunity for our members for 18 years,” said Lisa Konieczka, Women’s Network chairperson and executive vice president in the company’s Chicago office. “The environment is collaborative and focused on success. We meet, share best practices, explore new ideas, improve our business skills, and recognize and celebrate the positive impact of women to our organization and CBRE.”

More than 400 women from across the company attended the conference to take part in business skills-building workshops and networking events, and hear prominent guest speakers including:

  • Bob Sulentic, president and chief executive officer, CBRE
  • Wendy Silverstein, chief executive officer, New York REIT
  • Dr. Victoria H. Medvec, Medvec & Associates and Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Center for Executive Women
  • Erica Dawhan, leadership strategist and connectional intelligence expert
  • Carla Harris, vice chairman, Global Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley
  • Karina Muller, founder and chief executive officer, Mariposa Wellness


The conference also included a major community service project at one of Ada S. McKinley’s program locations on the South Side of Chicago.

Bob Sulentic, CBRE CEO, said, “The CBRE Women's Network’s powerful platform of programs and resources helps our women move closer to their career goals. At the Women's Networking Forum the learning sessions and networking opportunities help our professionals become increasingly valuable advisors to our clients.”

The CBRE Women’s Network was formed in 2000 and has more than 3,000 members from all levels of the organization, the company’s three regions and every business line. The group’s mission is to “Promote the Success of Women,” which is guided by three key principles: Growth, Connection and Mentorship.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2021 revenue). The company has more than 105,000 employees (excluding Turner & Townsend employees) serving clients in more than 100 countries. CBRE serves a diverse range of clients with an integrated suite of services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at