2020 Rising Leaders Summit

Online, December 8, 2020


Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 11:00 AM–12:30 PM EST

What has COVID-19 taught us?

The past year is likely one of the most difficult that any one of us will ever face. Yet, despite the challenges presented by the convergent health, economic, and political crises of 2020, organizations and individuals have been freed to innovate in all areas of their work.

This special AFIRE Rising Leaders summit invites established and emerging leaders from across AFIRE’s membership to pause, reflect, and ask what are the lessons we’ve learned during 2020, and how can we apply those lessons towards rebuilding a stronger and more sustainable future.

Participants will hear from panelists and participate in breakout room discussions on management, work/life balances, post-COVID office environments, and forward-thinking strategy and leadership.

Topics and supporting readings will include:

This AFIRE virtual event is a discussion presented by AFIRE Rising Leaders, who represent a diverse group of mid-career real estate and investment leaders from AFIRE member firms.

This event is free and all AFIRE members are invited to attend.


Lola Bellini, Director, Wafra

James Gruver, Managing Director, Client Service & Marketing, Heitman

Brandon McMenomy, Senior Director, CBRE Capital Markets

Meighan Phillips, Managing Director, Portfolio Management, Principal Global Investors

Michel Schram, Director, Private Real Estate, PGGM

Gunnar Branson, CEO, AFIRE (Moderator)

More TBA


Launched in early 2020 as part of AFIRE’s membership events program, AFIRE Virtual Events provide a recurring digital format for AFIRE members to stay connected beyond in-person meetings.

Other special virtual events, outside the weekly scheduled, focus on specialized and timely topics, as well as supporting ongoing education and research.

AFIRE Virtual Events are recorded and made available for members only.


Asmait Tewelde, Meeting Director
atewelde@afire.org+1 202 312 1404

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