Riverstone Residential Group Holds Fourth Annual Women’s Forum

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Event Designed to Foster Networking, Explore Industry Trends and Educational Topics, and Celebrate the Contributions of Women Leaders in Real Estate

MarySusan Wanich, Chief Operating Officer, Riverstone Residential Group

“Riverstone is proud to host our annual Women’s Forum to promote expertise, resiliency, optimism, and other elements essential in real estate leadership,” affirmed MarySusan Wanich, Riverstone's chief operating officer.

Riverstone Residential Group, one of the largest privately owned, third-party multifamily property management companies in the United States, held its fourth annual Riverstone Women’s Forum in Chicago last week. The event, which took place on October 3 and 4 at the Conrad Chicago, was designed to provide women leaders in real estate with opportunities to connect with other industry professionals, discuss strategies to promote portfolio growth, and explore new perspectives and ideas.

The theme of this year’s event, “Seasons: Adapting to Changing Dynamics,” reflected the idea that seasons in business mirror the seasons found in nature. Throughout the event, nearly 40 Riverstone clients from institutional investment firms, pension funds, developers, syndicators, and other major multifamily owners discussed how changing dynamics affect their careers, their sense of personal styles, their lives, and the real estate industry as a whole. The attendees also discussed tactics for adapting to fluctuating dynamics, and maximizing the opportunities present in any season.

“Riverstone is proud to support the women in our industry through our annual Women’s Forum, as we understand that a strong network is essential in navigating the changes that are ever-present in our business and personal lives,” affirmed MarySusan Wanich, chief operating officer at Riverstone. “Our agenda was developed to promote expertise, resiliency, optimism, and other elements essential in real estate leadership.”

The event featured speakers including Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, CSP, a workplace culture expert; Melissa Bowman LI, MS, RD, a celebrity nutritionist, personal trainer, and owner of PhysioLife Studios; and Beth Taylor, CWPM, director of health and productivity at Alliant. Additional speakers were on hand to recommend strategies for capitalizing on industry trends to ensure optimum portfolio performance. Topics discussed included innovations in leasing touchscreen technology, green solutions that hold appeal for residents, and color and design trends that drive leasing, among others.

In addition to devoting significant time to career- and industry-related issues, the event agenda included activities designed to build connections and promote relaxation and rejuvenation. Networking sessions were held throughout the event, and on Thursday evening, Women’s Forum participants took part in a team-based cooking party and cocktail mixology competition.

“The Women’s Forum reflects our company’s commitment to celebrate the achievements of women real estate executives, and to promote their continued success in any season,” stated Stephanie Brock, division president, Central, at Riverstone.

Added Lisa Ellis, executive vice president, client relations at Riverstone, “Whether through this event or through our company’s other client-centered programs and services, we look forward to continuing to connect all of the women leaders in Riverstone’s reach with the people and resources that can inspire their personal and professional growth and innovation.”

For more information about Riverstone's Women's Forum, please contact Katie Fleischer, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Marketing and Communications, kfleischer(at)RiverstoneRes(dot)com.

About Riverstone Residential Group

Riverstone Residential Group, one of the largest third-party multifamily apartment management companies in the United States, is focused exclusively on the delivery of unparalleled property management as well as resident and ancillary services. Riverstone's core service groups include accounting, audits and investigations, client relations, education, human resources, information technology, management systems, performance analytics, property maintenance and project management, property transitions, purchasing, risk management, and supplier compliance. Ancillary service groups include affordable housing services, utility management services, resident screening and receivables management services, resident services, client and resident insurance, telecom services, and financial advisory services. The company manages a portfolio of multifamily assets valued at more than $17 billion for leading institutions, pension funds, developers and other major owners. Located in metropolitan markets across the nation, Riverstone's more than 800 communities and 170,000 apartment homes under management include high-rise, mid-rise, and garden-style communities in conventional and affordable assets. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For additional information, visit http://www.RiverstoneRes.com or email info(at)RiverstoneRes(dot)com.

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