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Ventas CEO Debra Cafaro

Ventas CEO Cafaro Will Share Insights in Goldie Initiative Interview 

Ventas chairman and CEO Debra A.Cafaro is a self-described working-class Pittsburgh girl who persevered to become leader of one of the industry’s leading REITs. Via the Goldie Initiative, which has named her this year’s Shero, Cafaro will share insights into her life, leadership and inspirations with her longtime friend and colleague Sheli Rosenberg in a virtual event scheduled for April 13.

Titled “CRE, C-Suite Insights & Penguins: A Lively Conversation with Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra A. Cafaro,” the interview will focus on the following areas:

Women & Diversity – The Goldie Initiative named Debra Cafaro the 2021 Shero because of her unparalleled commitment to women leaders. What changes has Cafaro made that impacted Ventas and the wider industry?
Ventas & COVID – Ventas is known for reading the market and pivoting its strategy quickly to adapt. Hear about the changes Cafaro made to address the pandemic and where she sees the med-tech industry headed.
Sports & Penguins – Pittsburgh sports have impacted Cafaro’s career significantly. Learn how sports influenced her life and leadership.

The mission of the nonprofit Goldie Initiative is to prepare women for senior leadership roles in all sectors of commercial real estate.   The Goldie Initiative does this by providing scholarship support for graduate study, mentorship and networking opportunities to women with high potential who are committed to becoming the leaders in the real estate industry.

Pictured, above: Debra A. Cafaro. Below left: Sheli Rosenberg.


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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