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Leadership Luncheon – Technology and Real Estate

May 17, 2018
11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Ln.
Houston, TX 77027 United States
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Leadership Luncheon – Technology and Real Estate

Entrepreneurs of all sizes are seeking new and different built environments to keep up with changes in technology that influence their customers’ and employees’ needs. How are industrial, office and other commercial spaces changing in design, uses, and costs now? Come hear how our experts are changing commercial real estate to respond to and even anticipate these technological changes.


Emily Keeton
Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions

Emily Keeton is the Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for WeWork, which provides companies of all sizes with the space, community and services they need to make a life, not just a living. Ms. Keeton is responsible for WeWork’s corporate M&A initiatives and investments.


John S. Reale, Jr.
Co-Founder and CEO
Station Houston, Inc.

John S. Reale, Jr. (JR) is the Co-founder and CEO of Station Houston, Inc., (Station), Houston’s hub for tech innovation and entrepreneurship. JR also serves on the Board of Houston Exponential, a convening organization formed to grow Houston’s innovation economy. Before its formation, JR Chaired Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Task Force for Innovation and Technology for the City of Houston; and served on the Greater Houston Partnership’s Innovation Advisory Board. By background, JR has spent the last decade launching, leading and growing early-stage technology ventures after starting his career in the financial services industry.

JR serves a variety of civic, faith-based and start-up interests, including: The Roundtable Advisory Board for the Rice Alliance; past-President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Houston chapter; Mentor at start-up accelerators, like: TMCx, the Circular Board, OWL Spark and Red Labs; and Advisory Board Member for the Cougar Venture Fund at the University of Houston; and Co-Founder of the Mentoring Initiative at Cristo Rey Jesuit Preparatory in Houston (Viva Cristo Rey!).

JR received his B.S. from Babson College in Massachusetts.

Kay Sargent
Senior Principal | Director of WorkPlace

Kay Sargent brings over 33 years of experience in the interiors industry. Her work has taken her to multiple continents where she has worked with Fortune 500 companies on their global real estate strategies and designed workplaces of the future. Kay specializes in helping companies identify their unique organizational DNA and requirements, align their space with their business goals, develop the workplace of the future and deliver it across their global portfolio.

Kay is a Senior Principal and Director of WorkPlace for Strategic Accounts at HOK, the world’s largest global architectural firm and serves on the Board of Directors. In that role Kay oversees the marketing, delivery and execution of over 65 International Master Service Accounts where the firm provides services for organizations with multiple projects in multiple locations both nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining HOK Kay served as Director of Workplace Strategies for Lendlease; VP of A&D and Workplace Strategies for Teknion; and as a Principal for Interior Architects in Washington, DC. Kay has a BFA in interiors from VCU and studied environmental design at Parsons School of Design in NY.  Kay was recently elected to serve on the International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects where she represents designers in the United States. Kay was also elected to the CoreNet Global Board in 2017 and serves on the Governance Committee. In addition, she serves on the HOK Board of Directors; the National ASID Foundation Research Taskforce; the Material ConneXion Advisory Council; Advisory Board for WorkDesign Magazine and on the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design. During her career, Kay has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, and NCQLP. She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE, community, and for the past five years has served as co-host for the IFMA WE monthly workplace webinars along with Chris Hood.  Kay speaks regularly at CoreNet, IFMA and other industry events globally and has been honored with the ‘Luminary Award’ from CoreNet Global five times for being one of the top-rated speakers. She was also rated the “Top Rated Presenter” at the Tradeline’s 2015 Space Strategies conference.

Kay is also considered one of the industry thought leaders on workplace. She has authored multiple white papers and articles on a variety of design related topics including wellbeing; next-gen workforce; go-bility; technologies impact on the workplace; space fusion and the rise of the human factor.

Kay was recently selected as a ‘POWER WOMEN’ by Bisnow and is a networker and mentor to many in the industry. As such, in 2017 Kay joined forces with other women in the business world to become a part of the leadership team and a founding member of the DC Chapter of Upward. She recently spoke for the Commercial Real Estate Women, CREW, and the Real Estate Divas, RED, on becoming a successful leader, and a woman, in the design, construction and real estate industry.

At the core of it, Kay’s driving belief is that we are living in a time where we balance what designers have always done well, the art of design, with the emerging science of design. By creating environments that support well-being, engagement and inspire those within them, we can drive powerful outcomes.  As we enter into an era where things are evolving at a rapid pace the sharing economy, technological advances and globalization are amongst the factors impacting our lives and our environments.  We need to design with courage to define the next generation of great places if we plan to refine and transform the way we work, live, learn and play. As we shift from a commodity-based society to one that is experience-based, place takes on new importance. We are no longer designing environments – we are designing the experience.

Ceci Arreola
Investment Manager, Real Estate
Rice Management Company

Ceci Arreola joined Rice Management Company in 2015 as the Asset Manager for Real Estate. Ms. Arreola is responsible for the portfolio of direct assets and assists with oversight of the broader real estate portfolio. Previously, she spent five years at Lionstone Investments, a Houston based real estate private equity firm, where she was the Assistant Portfolio Manager for 3 value-add funds and one core separate account totaling $1.3 billion in AUM. She has prior experience in real estate investment sales and development. Ms. Arreola received her M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in honors sociology, cum laude from Rice University. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and serves as the Vice Chair for its Women’s Leadership Initiative in Houston.


Jeff Reichman
January Advisors

Jeff Reichman is the founder of January Advisors, a data science firm that makes data accessible and actionable for governments and nonprofits. He works on projects related to affordable housing, disaster response and recovery, criminal justice reform, environmental advocacy, early childhood education analysis, and Census 2020, among others. Jeff is also the founder of Sketch City, a community of 3,000+ people who collaborate to improve technology and data in the public sector. He serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area, where he leads a study about the cybersecurity of our elections process. Jeff was named one of Houston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2015.



11:30 am – Networking
12:00 am – Program Starts
1:15 pm – Program Concludes


Pricing: Members Non Members
Private/Public $65 $90
Nonprofit $55 $80
Under 35 $40 $55
Student $40 $55
Retired $40 n/a
Table Sponsorship
(10 tickets, best available reserved table w/ signage and recognition on PPT)

Annual sponsorship benefits apply. Table sponsorships are available.
Please contact Logan Beszterda to use your tickets or to purchase a table.

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