About the Emerging Leaders & Markets Conference
The Emerging Leaders and Markets (ELM) Conference is the New York Real Estate Chamber’s signature event, bringing together leaders from Government, Business, Community Development, and Finance to enlighten attendees with regard to current opportunities and innovations in a series of topical panels. The New York Real Estate Chamber (NYREC) expects ELM to attract 200 commercial and housing real estate professionals, along with political and community leaders from throughout the Tri-State Area.
ELM will feature some of the real estate’s most successful and innovative deal makers and leaders of minority-owned firms and just as important leading public policymakers, to drive the discourse, develop ideas, and relationships around sustainable development in urban communities. The ELM Conference is a uniquely powerful opportunity to connect with dynamic developers, government officials, financiers, and other real estate professionals engaged in remaking the urban landscape.
2023 ELM Honorable
FEATURED INDUSTRY EXPERTS
Democratic Minority Leader
US House of Representatives
Rep. Jeffries is the Democratic Leader, having been unanimously elected to that position by his colleagues in November 2022. In that capacity, he is the highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. He is also the former Chair of the Democratic Caucus, Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus and previously co-chaired the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee where he helped develop the For The People agenda. Since President Biden took office in January 2021, Rep. Jeffries has been instrumental in House Democratic efforts to put people over politics by lowering costs, creating better-paying jobs and fighting for safer communities. Over the past two years Democrats have passed the American Rescue Plan, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act.
New York City Chief Diversity Officer
Michael J. Garner, MBA, is New York City’s first Chief Diversity officer. He formerly served as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, State of New York. His tenure at the MTA spanned 14 years from February 2009- through February 2023. Mr. Garner is a diversity champion, making it his personal and professional mission to create a more diverse business environment. By creating new programs, Mr. Garner and his teams have been responsible for more than $20 billion in payments to New York State/City Minority and Women-owned Businesses. In addition, since Mr. Garner’s arrival, the MTA has improved its hiring of Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians by 20% across the MTA’s six different operating agencies. Mr. Garner is an advisor on MWDBE matters to various U.S. Cities and States including the City of Buffalo, the City of Chicago, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and the State of New Jersey. President of the Founding Chapter One Hundred Black Men of New York City. As the most immediate past President of the Founding Chapter of the One Hundred Black Men of New York City for six years and current Chairman of the Corporate Board, Mr. Garner led the chapter to new heights.
ELM 2023 Speakers
ELM Run of Show
June 9th, 2023
Guest Arrival. Morning Refreshments
Welcome Remarks - NYREC Chairman, Craig Livingston
Morning Remarks- Assembly Member, Inez E. Dickens
Morning Fireside Chat - Honorable Hakeem Jeffries & David Ushery
Panel A - “2023 Government/Legislative Policy”
Panel B - “The 'Green' Building Economy of the Future”
Panel C - “Accessing the Capital Markets
Panel D - “Formulating Strategic Partnerships””
NYREC 10th Anniversary Award- Honoring NYREC Founding Members
Fireside Chat- Michael Garner, NYC Chief Diversity Officer
& Craig Livingston, Managing Partner, Exact Capital
Panel A - “Launching your Development Company"
Panel B - “Best Development Strategies in Today's Economic Environment"
Panel C - “Cultivating the M/WBE Ecosystem”
Panel D - “The ABC's of Big Dollar Construction”
NYREC ELM Happy Hour
The Harvard Club NYC
The Harvard Club of New York City was founded in 1865 by a small group of alumni interested in continuing the fellowship of Cambridge. Within a year, there were 98 members who met at Delmonico’s restaurant and other rented quarters. By the early 1890s, with 600 members, a permanent home was needed.
With its architectural beauty and long history, the Harvard Club of NYC was one of the first buildings to be named a New York City Landmark. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Members and alumni have good reason to be justifiably proud of this remarkable building.