Prea Fall 2023 Hero

PREA's 33rd Annual Institutional Investor Conference Agenda


Conference Agenda – check back often for updates!


Wednesday, October 18, 2023

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Investor Only Programclosed to investors only

12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Early Bird Check-inAmerica Ballroom Foyer, 4th Floor
Pick up your badge before the reception to avoid the line!

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Opening Gala Cocktail Reception at The Institute of Contemporary Art
25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210
Shuttle service will be provided beginning at 6:00pm at the Carriage entrance of the Westin.

Day One: Thursday, October 19, 2023

7:30 am

Check-in and Continental BreakfastEssex Ballroom and Foyer, 3rd Floor

7:30 am – 8:30 am

New Members and First Time Attendees Welcome BreakfastEssex North, 3rd Floor

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Investor Only Breakfastclosed to investors only

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks by Conference Co-ChairsAmerica Ballroom, 4th Floor

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Investing in a Complex WorldAmerica Ballroom, 4th Floor
For centuries, real estate has reliably moved up and to the right. But Covid, interest rates, demographic change, industrial policy, and climate change have together made real estate investing radically more complex than ever before. A holistic assessment of these structural drivers is essential to accurately forecast the winning and losing markets for real estate investors.

9:45 am – 10:30 am

The US EconomyAmerica Ballroom, 4th Floor
A UC Berkeley professor and former chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer has researched monetary, fiscal, and tax policy effects from the Great Depression to the present and played a key role in implementing policy recommendations based on that research. In conversation with Edward Luce of the Financial Times, Romer will address today’s economy and expectations for its future path (e.g., the likelihood of a soft landing), including inflation, interest rates, housing, bank distress, debt capital, onshoring, and industrial policy.

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Allocations and Asset Class Comparisons from the Consultant PerspectiveAmerica Ballroom, 4th Floor
A group of leading consultants will examine real estate from a risk-return point of view. Does equity or credit offer the most appealing point of entry into the asset class? Do mortgage maturities and other potential sources of distress stand to provide superior returns to well-capitalized investors? How do the foremost opportunities in real estate compare when viewed in the context of a diversified investment portfolio?

12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Affinity Group Luncheon ProgramAppointed Members Only

12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

LuncheonEssex Center/South, 3rd Floor

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Artificial Intelligence and its Real Estate ImplicationsAmerica Ballroom, 4th Floor
Advances in artificial intelligence are transforming the business world, academia, and society. How are the real estate sectors that enable this technology expected to change? Experts on the leading edge of real assets involved in data processing and digital infrastructure will share their insights and expectations.

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

The Proptech Innovators - America Ballroom, 4th Floor
A panel of some of the top innovators in the real estate sector will talk through dynamics they are seeing across the industry including; how technology is evolving traditional business models, how higher interest rates impact innovation, and how the broader landscape will weather tech valuation resets. This panel will talk through what is to come in the proptech landscape over the next 12 months and what business models will prosper and fail.

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Life SciencesAmerica Ballroom, 4th Floor
What does the life sciences ecosystem look like today? Across the spectrum from incubators to Big Pharma, a panel of specialists will examine the financing environment, effects of government policy including the Inflation Reduction Act, and the push and pull between patent expiration and innovation. They will consider these through the lens of real estate investment, covering issues of supply and demand, geographic distribution, and cash flows. They will look into the similarities and differences between life sciences and conventional office, particularly in terms of space utilization and activity levels.

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cocktail ReceptionAmerica Foyer, 4th Floor

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Dinner with David Ignatius, Columnist, Washington Post - America Ballroom, 4th Floor
An award-winning journalist whose global affairs analysis spans continents, David Ignatius regularly speaks with and evaluates prime ministers and presidents. He channels insights from this work into equally compelling fiction, including 11 spy novels and a political opera. Ignatius will provide his latest insights into today’s most important geopolitical developments, from Ukraine and China to the Middle East.


Day Two: Friday, October 20, 2023

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Closing Keynote Breakfast Program – A Conversation With David M. Rubenstein, Cofounder and Co-Chairman, The Carlyle Group, and Jeremy Grantham, Cofounder and Long-Term Investment Strategist, GMO – America Ballroom, 4th Floor

Conference Concludes

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

DEI Workshop
Preregistration is required. Contact Greg MacKinnon ( for more information


Other Events to Watch For

  • Rising Leaders Conversation and Series and Cocktails
  • Women’s Tea
  • LGREG Coffee