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The Crimson Connection

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Upcoming Events

  • Real Estate Private Equity - Current Situation & Future Prospects
    Real Estate Private Equity - Current Situation & Future Prospects
    Fri, Jul 17
    Jul 17, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
    Jul 17, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
    Join HBS real estate alumni and friends via a live Zoom video webinar to learn from leading real estate private equity players as they discuss the current market in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic and share insights on potential risks and opportunities.
  • HBS Prof. Nori Gerardo Lietz
    HBS Prof. Nori Gerardo Lietz
    Fri, Jun 26
    Jun 26, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Jun 26, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Join HBS real estate alumni and friends via live webinar to learn from Harvard Business School Professor Nori Gerardo Lietz as she discusses the future of real estate with Seth Singerman (Singerman Real Estate), Josh Benaim (Aria Development Group) and Zuriel Chavez (JP Morgan). Is retail dead? Will
  • HBS Prof. John Macomber + HSPH Prof. Joseph Allen
    HBS Prof. John Macomber + HSPH Prof. Joseph Allen
    Thu, Jun 18
    Healthy Buildings During COVID-19
    Jun 18, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
    Healthy Buildings During COVID-19
    Jun 18, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
    Healthy Buildings During COVID-19
    Safe and Marketable Real Estate During COVID-19 and Beyond
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Our Mission

The Crimson Connection aims to strengthen professional relationships as well as increase the collective success of members/attendees, while making a difference to society by increasing awareness and donating to worthwhile charities and causes. We encourage, showcase and spread leadership in the world.

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What We Do

The Crimson Connection provides opportunities for HBS real estate alumni and our friends from other top business schools to network, share ideas, work on deals together and add value to society. We do this via online webinars, live conferences and roundtable discussions, among other methods. The organization donates a significant portion of its revenues to charity and other worthwhile causes that reduce poverty, improve education or increases fairness in the world. The Crimson Connection grew out of the Harvard Business School Real Estate Alumni Association (HBSREAA), which Dionis Rodriguez founded in 2008 (along with an incredible group of co-founders). HBSREAA became inactive after transitioning to new leadership and we founded The Crimson Connection to continue to provide value to HBS alumni and expand our reach to graduates of other top business schools.

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We Support Transformational Causes

We help create a better world by supporting/donating to causes that reduce poverty, improve education and/or help underprivileged people.

All revenues and donations currently go to Teaching Matters to support their great work during the COVID-19 Pandemic!

Great Teachers. Bright Futures!

Teaching Matters is a professional learning organization dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, a critical factor in student success. Our mission is to close the opportunity gap of an unequal education system for underserved and historically marginalized children. We envision a nation where every student has equitable access to excellent teaching, regardless of zip code. From states and districts to schools and classrooms, we partner to help teachers and school leaders develop the skills they need to teach well, lead their peers and drive school-wide improvement. From 25 years of working in New York City’s public schools, we’ve developed an understanding of realistic and lasting ways to improve student outcomes, and we’re committed to real, measurable results. Teaching Matters is a 501©3 nonprofit organization.

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"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean."

Ryunosuke Satoro

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Past Events

Looking Back

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Real Estate & Tech During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Constance Freedman, founder of Moderne Ventures, who has invested in 90+ startups and has extensive, inside knowledge of what is happening in the real estate technology space, moderated a discussion with top executives/founders from Hello Alfred, The Guestbook, Cobu and WeWork.


The State of Retail, Hotels, and Office during COVID-19 Pandemic

Schecky Schechner, Barclays Co-Head of Real Estate Investment Banking, moderated a discussion with (1) Tyler Morse, a prolific hotel owner/operator that developed/owns the TWA Hotel inside JFK Airport, (2) Leslie Himmel, a NYC office investor/operator with prominent locations and multi-cycle experience, and (3) Scott Malkin, a retail investor/operator with properties in the US, Europe and China.

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Real Estate Private Equity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sonny Kalsi, President of BentallGreenOak, moderated an intriguing discussion with Dean Adler (Founder/CEO of Lubert Adler Partners LP), Rick Kleeman (CoFounder/Managing Partner of Wheelock Street Capital), and Brahm Cramer (Founder/Co-CIO of Prospect Ridge Real Estate Advisors) about opportunities and risks created by COVID-19.


HBS Real Estate Roundtable Discussion with Brahm Cramer

In an age of incredibly rapid transition and systemic disruptors (Uber, AirBnb, WeWork, Amazon…), how have the traditional metrics and performance of real estate investing and operations been permanently changed?  Are there ways to adapt and evolve?  Is wholesale restructuring inevitable?  Have capital flows and valuation lagged behind or gotten ahead of themselves?


HBS Real Estate Alumni Roundtable with Schecky Schechner

Schecky Schechner moderated an exclusive HBS Real Estate Alumni Roundtable Discussion titled 2017: From Fundamentals to Financing. The purpose of this gathering was to provide an opportunity for HBS real estate alumni to connect, share knowledge, do deals together and optimize their firms, careers and network by interaction with other HBS alumni in the real estate industry.


HBS Real Estate Spring Cocktail

This was our first event not affiliated with HBS, our inaugural New York City event - an exclusive HBS Cocktail Reception created by alumni for alumni. Alumni  connected with old friends, expanded their HBS network, discussed/brainstormed on the latest industry news.

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