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Luminaries Series

Every April we convene some of the world’s most consequential real estate players on the Georgetown campus for our Real Estate Luminaries Series. This series presents an opportunity to demonstrate the Center’s connectivity with the highest levels of the real estate marketplace and provide a venue where ideas are shared among professionals and students alike concerning the leading edge of the real estate industry.


Debra Cafaro – Ventas, Inc


Ric Clark – Brookfield


Tom Barrack – Colony Capital


Jonathan Gray – Blackstone Real Estate



McBride Family Lecture Series

Debbie Harmon, Artemis Real Estate Advisors

The McBride Generations Presentation Fund has made it possible for the Steers Center for Global Real Estate to develop a Real Estate Lecture Series for students interested in pursuing a career in real estate.  The best minds in the real estate industry are targeted as potential speakers in this series. The official launch of the lecture series took place on September 29, 2014, with Mr. Benjamin Jacobs, Founder and Senior Advisor of The JBG Companies, LLC as the inaugural speaker.

McBride Speakers:

  • Michael Nash, Co-Founder and Chairman, Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies (Fall, 2017)
  • Debbie Harmon, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Artemis Real Estate advisors (2016)
  • Timothy Naughton, Chairman of Board, CEO and president and director, AvalonBay (2015)
  • Benjamin Jacobs, Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, The JBG Companies (2014)

“My family, in business now for more than 55 years, focused on creating something exclusively for the students that would be formative to their personal and professional lives at Georgetown and beyond,” said Mr. McBride, JD ’75, MLT ’80. “The McBride Family Lecture Series provides a unique experience and unparalleled access to some of the industry’s leading experts.”  – Timothy McBride, Chairman and CFO of McBride Enterprises

Georgetown University Real Estate Alliance

Artie Minson, WeWork, Cornell Club (NYC) 2017

The Georgetown University Real Estate Alliance welcomes students to the real estate community, and fosters connections among Georgetown alumni and parents who are active in the real estate industry.

Here are some of the speakers we have had at the university recently:

  • Artie Minson (B ‘92), President and COO, WeWork (2017)
  • Thomas J. DeRosa (B’80), CEO of Wellstower Inc. (2016)
  • Joseph Sitt (P ‘18), Thor Equities (2015)
  • Jonathan Gray, Blackstone (2014)

Global Lecture Series

Our prime location allows us to bring in leaders in the industry from all over the country as they travel to Washington D.C. as a normal course of business.

This student focused series exposes our students to people that run multi-national companies and are shaping the industry and highlights the strength of Georgetown global real estate expertise.

At our inaugural 2016 event he had Peter Lowy, Co-CEO of Westfield Corporation discuss retail shopping centers in the age of technology and online shopping and the manner that the business model is likely to adjust over time given these disruptions.