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  • Apr 22, 2021
  • Aimee Miller, Chief Marketing Officer at AppFolio
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Join IREM and AppFolio at Wave Summit 2021

At AppFolio, we believe innovation comes in waves. These waves start as ripples, gather strength, and end up shaping the entire industry. So from May 12-13, we invite you to ride into the future of real estate by joining us at the AppFolio Wave Summit, a free virtual conference. At the event, you’ll have the opportunity to attend 30+ sessions led by 50+ top industry leaders who will share the latest trends, technologies, and innovations you need to stay ahead of the competition.

There will be six tracks focused on the future of real estate from every angle: property, technology, community, investment, work, and housing markets. Some of the incredible keynote speakers include:

  1. Erica Dhawan, author, entrepreneur, and leading expert on digital teamwork
  2. Erik Qualman, New York Times bestselling author and futurist
  3. Matthew Luhn, master Pixar storyteller and creative mentor
  4. Heather McGowan, disruptive thought leader and future-of-work strategist
  5. Lisa Trosien, founder of Apartment All Stars and owner of APT Listserve
  6. James Scott, IREM Innovator-in-Residence and leading MIT researcher

Here’s a sneak peek at the sessions that IREM is sponsoring at AppFolio Wave Summit 2021.

Creating a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Industry

There‘s overwhelming evidence that encouraging and celebrating diverse workplaces isn’t just the right thing to do, but it can actually foster more innovative and successful businesses. Beyond just the walls of our workplaces, the unique position of the real estate industry means the strides we make towards a more just future have an outsized impact on our communities.

But to have a lasting impact is going to require a continuous commitment to prioritize racial and gender equity. This session will explore how you can be part of the solution so that collectively, we can push our industry forward and act as an example to others. IREM’s Jasmyn Sylvester, CPM®, AcoM, and Kimberly Parker, CPM®, will be participating alongside Julianne Goodfellow and Caitlin Sugrue Walter of NMHC.

Home Sweet Home: How the Pandemic Changed our Viewpoint Forever

Now that the physical home has become “everything” and “everywhere,” we have a newfound appreciation for where we live - a feeling that’s likely to reverberate even as our communities open up. Along with Donna Schmidt, CPM® and Chief Operating Officer of Price Brothers Management, and Steve Margerum, CPM®, Founder and Principal of Cove Property Management, we’ll explore how resident preferences (property types, floorplans, unit amenities, community amenities) have changed, and how flexible spaces are the multifamily differentiator of the future.

Sustainable Communities: For Our Planet and for Ourselves

In this fireside chat, we’ll explore the impact of climate change on real estate, mitigation strategies to reduce our industry’s impact, and adaptation measures being deployed to lessen the shock of extreme weather events. We’ll be joined by Angela Aeschliman, CPM®, CCIM, LEED AP ND and Senior Vice President of Property and Asset Management at The Missner Group, and Nicholas Stolatis, CPM®, RPA, LEED AP, BD+C and Principal at EPN Real Estate Services, Inc.

Smart and Healthy Living

Now more than ever, it's essential to invest in green initiatives: both the environment and your bottom line depend on it. In this session, James Scott, IREM Innovator-in-Residence and Lead Researcher at the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab, will walk us through the emerging technologies and innovations being implemented in buildings to promote sustainability, efficiency, and productivity.

As this past year has reinforced, those who don’t stay at the forefront of our industry will be left behind. By attending AppFolio Wave Summit 2021, you’ll hear the expert insights and learnings you need to adapt your strategies and future-proof your business. The event is free to attend, so be sure to bring your entire team. You can register here.

We look forward to seeing you there and riding the wave of innovation together towards a better and brighter future.

Aimee Miller is Chief Marketing Officer at AppFolio. She leads the marketing strategy and programs that drive awareness, demand and customer engagement for AppFolio. Aimee joined the team in 2009 as the Vice President of Marketing. Prior to AppFolio, she was the Sr. Director of Field Marketing at Citrix Online (merged with LogMeIn, Inc.), leading the planning and implementation of all corporate demand generation activities for the global sales organization.


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