History of the Initiative 

Five years ago, Rebuilding Together NYC created SHE BUILDS to harness the technical knowledge and skills of high-powered female real estate industry leaders to promote safe and healthy living conditions for women and families across New York City.

Coming together annually, the She Builds committee has raised nearly half a million dollars and recruited almost 500 volunteers from the real estate community to repair and renovate nonprofit facilities that serves under-resourced women/families and to support Rebuilding Together NYC's mission and programs.

The Science and Strategies Towards Equity at Work 

Please join us for a symposium on April 28, 2021 from 11:30am-3:30pm.

This interactive and intimate event will dive deep into topics related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - particularly as it pertains to the real estate industry - and will frame the complexities and opportunities for change through expert insight and a historical lens. Attendees will leave having developed clear and transformative strategies to implement structural change in policy and interpersonal dynamics at their company, and within their own communities. 

We will be joined by DEI experts, consultants and thought leaders to 

  • Explore what companies should consider when implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies 
  • Learn how to promote DEI within and outside your organization, as well as how to measure and report change  
  • Engage in conversations with experienced facilitators and industry peers and walk away with actionable next steps to implement 

Funds raised will support Rebuilding Together NYC’s Careers in Construction program. The program re-skills unemployed women and people of color for union apprenticeships within the construction trades. The majority of graduates (25% of whom are women) go on to earn $20+/hr, plus benefits including paid time off, family health insurance, and retirement in their first year on the job.   

To learn more about Rebuilding Together NYC's Careers in Construction Program, click here to meet Daisha, a graduate and current apprentice with DC9. 

Stay tuned for a detailed list of breakout topics. 

To learn more, please contact

Tickets + Sponsorships 


Journeyperson Sponsor $10,000

Sponsors two students to complete the program

Includes 25 tickets

Permanent logo placement on screen during event

Verbal acknowledgment during event

Apprentice Sponsor 


Sponsors one student to complete the program

Includes 20 tickets

Permanent logo placement on screen during event

Verbal acknowledgment during event

Pre-Apprentice Sponsor 


Provide a math tutor for ten students to prepare for the Electrical Exam

Includes 10 tickets

Intermittent logo placement on screen during event

Verbal acknowledgment during event

Safety Sponsor 


Provides three students with OSHA-30 certification to stay safe on the jobsite 

Includes 5 tickets

Intermittent logo placement on screen during event

Verbal acknowledgment during event

Individual Ticket


Provides Personal Protective Equipment for one student

Young Professionals Ticket 


(Young/Mid-level in career, contact for more details)

Sponsorships and Tickets

Thank you for your support of She Builds 2021! Stay tuned for more opportunities for transformative change.

She Builds Committee


Founder, Co-Chair

Laura Jackson

FTI Consulting

Laurie Grasso 2018


Laurie Grasso

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hwang, Helen

Helen Hwang

Meridian Investment Sales

Val Kitay 2018

Valerie Kitay


Michelle Kleger

Michelle Kleger

Kensington Vanguard

Lesley Lisser 2018

Lesley Lisser

Invesco Real Estate

Shallini Mehra - Black Jacket 2

Shallini Mehra

Meridian Investment Sales


Lauren Newcorn

Yagoda Real Estate

Amanda Ryzowy_web

Amanda Ryzowy

L+M Development Partners

Jessica Sherman

Jessica Sherman

Douglaston Development

Amy Sole

Amy Sole

Emmes Asset Management

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Maysa Vahidi

Rockwood Capital

Jessica Zaski- Acadia Realty Trust

Jessica Zaski

Acadia Realty Trust