The insights in this paper are drawn from event programming, primary research, and other gender diversity initiatives spearheaded or supported by the KPMG Women in Real Estate Steering Committee, which helps elevate the role of women in real estate through professional and personal advancement opportunities. The paper shares fresh data and firsthand perspectives of committee coleaders and other leading voices on the importance of gender diversity in real estate and actions that are paving the way for change.
Yesenia Scheker-Izquierdo is the partner in charge of KPMG’s New York Real Estate Tax practice and the global Tax leader for KPMG’s Building, Construction & Real Estate Tax practice. Yessi has 20 years of experience providing tax planning and structuring services to the asset management industry, including global real estate fund managers, investment funds, infrastructure funds, foreign investors, institutional clients, developers, homebuilders, and owner/operators. She is a coleader of KPMG’s Women in Real Estate Steering Committee, a member of New York Women Executives in Real Estate (WX), and president of Women’s Executive Circle of New York.
Shruti Shah is a principal in KPMG’s Advisory practice and has more than 20 years of experience as an organizational change driver. Shruti specializes in leading large-scale corporate transformation initiatives in the alternative investments sector, including real estate, private equity, and asset management. She has deep experience delivering services in the areas of enterprise risk management, policy, process, and technology; governance; project and financial management; and talent management. Shruti is a coleader of KPMG’s Women in Real Estate Steering Committee.
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