Leadership Summit to Welcome One of the Original “Sharks” from Shark Tank

On March 28, be prepared to learn what you need to succeed in the digital economy. Now in its third year, the NAIOP SoCal Young Professionals Group (YPG) Leadership Summit will provide an in-depth discussion on being a stronger and more effective leader as well as learning what it takes to become a leader.

The event, to be held at Hotel Irvine, will feature a keynote by Kevin Harrington, a successful entrepreneur and one of the Original Sharks from the ABC hit, Emmy-winning show, Shark Tank. He is also the inventor of the infomercial, As Seen On TV, as well as co- founder of the Electronic Retailers Association (ERA) and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). 

Harrington has launched over 20 businesses that have grown to over $100 million in sales each, has been involved in more than a dozen public companies, and has launched over 500 products generating more than $5 billion in sales worldwide with iconic brands and celebrities such as Billy Mays, Jack LaLanne, Tony Little and George Foreman. His success led Mark Burnett to hand-pick Kevin to become an Original Shark on Shark Tank.

The Summit also features a presentation by EQ Office President and CEO Lisa Picard. As CEO, she leads culture, vision and strategy for the company and drives the strategic direction for the organization, inspires her team to find creative solutions that challenge past assumptions, and helps customers identify new pathways for success.

Prior to joining EQ, Picard was Executive Vice President at Skanska Commercial Development, where she was responsible for establishing the company’s strategic development and investment for the Pacific Northwest. She also founded Muse Development in Seattle and worked several years for Hines’ interests, where she managed multiple national accounts for pension fund investments in real estate. Picard holds two master’s degrees from MIT and regularly lectures at MIT and the University of Washington on topics she is passionate about, including design thinking, mindful leadership, real estate innovation and understanding risk in changing markets. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Honest Buildings.

In addition to Picard and Harrington, the Summit will provide a panel presentation to be announced.

“Everything is being disrupted. It is no longer as simple as discussing the impact of the internet on retail or the influence of technology on the future of office; we are now faced with artificial intelligence, robotics and more. These disruptions are everywhere and as leaders we need to be prepared to plan for and manage a future that is fueled by technological advancement and change,” said YPG Alum Stephanie Tan, acquisitions associate, Invesco Real Estate and Leadership Summit Chair. Tan, a member of NAIOP SoCal for the past four years, was part of the 2015-2016 YPG class.

“This is not your average real estate conference. It is a dynamic and thought-provoking look at what is impacting our lives at a professional and personal level and it is designed to make all of us better at what we do every day,” added Tan.

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