SPIRE Innovation Summit

May 20, 2022 8:30AM—1:00PM



Virtual: Attendees will receive a Zoom link before the summit and access to the recording after it.

When: May 20 from 8:30am to 1:00pm PDT (networking session 1:05pm-2pm)

$185 General Admission 
$145 SPIRE Member (must log in and be an active SPIRE/SREC member)
$25 Student (must log in and be an active SPIRE student member)
*Student memberships with SPIRE are free

About (sessions and speakers below):
On May 20, SPIRE (Stanford Professionals in Real Estate) is calling together esteemed colleagues and those on the leading edge of technology, innovation and the built environment for the SPIRE Innovation Summit. Join us!

This event is open to the public, so please do invite your colleagues.

8:40 am – Our Common Future: Sustainability Via Technological Innovation

Gains in sustainability translate into measurable climate change improvements. Period. What drives these gains? Technology innovation and a long-term perspective that translate into better policy, sustainable business models, and the attraction and retention of key talent in the real estate industry.  Acclaimed Stanford scholar Michael Lepech and sustainability industry pioneer Sara Neff show real estate leaders and innovators how to start realizing those gains now. 

9:30 am – Win/Win: Balancing Urban Development and Gentrification

Renowned developer Egbert Perry showcases “The Atlanta Model,” his pioneering approach to affordable and workforce housing, commercial real estate development, and community development and investment that brings communities together in vibrant neighborhoods that appeal to everyone. Mr. Perry’s legal, regulatory, and financial model has been successfully replicated hundreds of times throughout the U.S. 

9:50 am – Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Real Estate Startups

Listen in as some of the best and brightest budding entrepreneurs pitch their real estate ventures to industry icons from Susa Ventures, Navitas Capital, MetaProp, and Brick & Mortar Ventures. Make your voice heard during the Q&A and your vote count in choosing the winning contestant. 

10:40 am – Real World Real Estate Gains Through AI/ML

What are some notable industry-changing applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in the real estate industry? Find out in a conversation with Michael Schall, CEO of Essex, and Bryan Copley, co-founder and CEO of CityBldr, as they cite specific, quantifiable improvements their companies generate for their stakeholders in decision-making, speed-to-market, and superior shareholder returns. 

11:15 am – All Real Estate is Local: Optimizing Land-Use Decisions 

When it comes down to it, all real estate is local. Seasoned, municipal policy-maker and co-owner of Good City, Aaron Aknin describes what strategic land-use decisions—be they social, economic or otherwise—lead to better outcomes and why. 

11:35 am – Smart Tools for Smart Buildings

Buildings contribute 40% of the carbon that warms our planet, and their operations account for the lion’s share. Meet Connell McGill, the co-founder and CEO of Enertiv, a company with a mission to decarbonize the built environment using its technology platform that improves building efficiency. DivcoWest’s Breton Birkhofer moderates as Mr. McGill and an Enertiv customer describe the real-world gains of using the Enertiv solution.

12:10 pm – View From The Top: A Conversation With Rich Barton

Real estate industry icon and serial entrepreneur Rich Barton, co-founder and CEO of Zillow, joins in conversation with Melinda Ellis Evers, co-founder and managing principal of Ellis Partners. Hear Mr. Barton’s unique takes on the keys to creating and growing a successful startup and the role of technology disruption in transforming the real estate industry.