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Building ESG Skills for Real Estate
Get a jump on your professional new year’s resolutions by learning about the emerging and relevant ESG skills that commercial real estate professionals need in 2023 and beyond. Nareit's free ESG Exchange webinar, Building ESG Skills for Real Estate, will give you insights into the top ESG skills needed for success in commercial real estate (CRE) roles.

Why should you attend?
1. Understand the required skills and qualifications for professionals seeking ESG roles in the CRE industry.
2. Increase your knowledge of trends in the ESG space and how to track ROI.
3. Learn from ESG and sustainability experts with a specialization in real estate.

- Ellen Weinreb, founder of Weinreb Group and ESG and sustainability recruiter
- Kelly Meissner, vice president of corporate ESG and sustainability, Ventas, Inc.
- Ben Myers, vice president of sustainability, BXP
- Fulya Kocak, senior vice president of ESG issues, Nareit (moderator)


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Ellen Weinreb
Founder and ESG and Sustainability Recruiter @Weinreb Group
Ellen has worked at the intersection of sustainability and human resources as a recruiter and consultant for 20+ years. A super connector, Ellen’s passion for sustainability and ESG was sparked while obtaining her MBA from Yale and interning at L.L.Bean. Ellen is a regular speaker at industry events, and pens a column with GreenBiz entitled “Talent Show.” She frequently shares her perspective with global media outlets, including Marketplace, the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s.
Kelly Meissner
Vice President of Corporate ESG and Sustainability @Ventas, Inc.
Kelly Meissner is Vice President, Corporate ESG & Sustainability at Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company and real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns approximately 1,300 healthcare assets, including medical office buildings, research and innovation properties and senior living communities in North America, Canada and the United Kingdom. Ms. Meissner joined Ventas in 2011, holding roles in Acquisitions and Asset Management before starting the ESG and Sustainability department in 2016. Prior to Ventas, her experience includes strategy and operations consulting and real estate private equity. Ms. Meissner is Chair of the Nareit Real Estate Sustainability Council and is an active member of the Real Estate Roundtable Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee. In 2022 Ms. Meissner was presented with the Nareit Leadership Personified award for sustainability and was included on the Environment+Energy Leader 50 list.
Ben Myers
Vice President of Sustainability @BXP
Ben Myers is the Vice President of Sustainability at Boston Properties (BXP), the largest publicly-traded developer, owner and manager of Class A office properties in the United States. He is responsible for sustainability and ESG strategy, implementation, reporting and stakeholder engagement. He has a genuine passion for sustainable real estate and is committed to disrupting the status quo as an industry leader on climate action, resilience, green building, renewable energy and healthy workspace. He holds an M.A. in Urban Environmental Leadership from Lesley University and a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ben has served as Chair of Nareit’s Real Estate Sustainability Council and is currently Vice Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute Sustainable Development Product Council and Fitwel’s Leadership Advisory Board.
Fulya Kocak
Senior Vice President of ESG Issues @Nareit
Fulya Kocak is the Senior Vice President of ESG Issues at Nareit. She created and oversees Nareit’s efforts tied to sustainability and ESG throughout the REIT and publicly traded real estate industry. Kocak provides ESG thought leadership, innovation and guidance, and convenes professionals within the industry to advance ESG initiatives, publications, and programming.