Events> Event Details

WWW: An Evening with Sam Zell

Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Carnesale Commons, Palisades Ballroom (map)
251 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Register Now

Spaces Available: 0 - See Who’s Coming




Event Description

Anderson Banner

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be rescheduling this event at a later date.
We will be issuing refunds to current registrants. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group (REAG) and Office of Alumni Relations are honored to host Sam Zell, Founder & Chairman of Equity Group Investments, for an exclusive Worldwide Welcome Weeks conversation at UCLA. Eager to engage and inspire the next generation of real estate professionals, Mr. Zell will share insights from his experience as an entrepreneur in the real estate industry, reflecting on shifts in the market that have occurred between his early career and now. Mr. Zell will also delve into the fundamentals and philosophies that made him a self-made billionaire, which he discusses in his recent book Am I Being Too Subtle?: Straight Talk From a Business Rebel (Penguin Random House 2017).  Mr. Zell will be interviewed by REAG Board Member Daniel Dokhanian ‘11.  

A networking reception with heavy appetizers, beer and wine will follow the conversation.

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Check-In & Networking
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Conversation with Sam Zell
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Networking Reception

Registration - Ticket Type
UCLA Anderson alumni – use “Alumni”
UCLA Anderson student – use “Student”
Industry professionals/non-UCLA Anderson student or alumni – use “Others”

About Sam Zell
Founder, Chairman, Equity Group Investments

Sam Zell is a global, industry-agnostic entrepreneur and investor. He has a long track record of turning around troubled companies and assets, leading industry consolidations, and bringing companies to the public markets. His current investments are in: energy, logistics, manufacturing, communications, healthcare, and real estate.

Sam is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments, the private investment firm he founded more than 45 years ago. He also chairs five companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Equity Residential, the largest apartment REIT in the country; Equity LifeStyle Properties, a manufactured home community and resort REIT; Equity Commonwealth, an office REIT; Covanta Holding Corporation, an international owner/operator of energy-from-waste and power generation facilities; and Anixter International Inc., a leading global provider of communications, security, and wire and cable products.

Sam also founded and chaired Equity Office Properties Trust, the largest office REIT until its 2007 sale for $39 billion in the largest leveraged buyout at the time. In addition, he introduced the first Brazilian and Mexican real estate companies, respectively, to the New York Stock Exchange through Equity International, a second private investment firm he founded to focus on real estate-related businesses in emerging markets.

Sam is an active philanthropist with a focus on entrepreneurial education. Through the Zell Family Foundation, he has led the sponsorship of several leading entrepreneurship programs, including: the Zell/Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business; the Zell Fellows Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; and the Zell Entrepreneurship Center at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). The Zell Global Entrepreneur Network (ZGEN) unites the students and alumni of these programs and actively provides them with connections, opportunities, mentorship and support. Sam also sponsors the Samuel Zell/Robert Lurie Real Estate Center at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Real Estate Center. He holds a JD degree and a BA from the University of Michigan.

Sam represents the REIT industry on the New York Stock Exchange’s “Wall of Innovators.” He was recognized in 2017 by Forbes as one of the 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. Also in 2017, Sam debuted his book, Am I Being Too Subtle? (Penguin RandomHouse), in which he shares fundamentals and philosophies that made him a self-made billionaire.

About Tim Kawahara
Executive Director, UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate

Tim Kawahara is the founding executive director of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate. Mr. Kawahara is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Center, including the development, implementation and oversight of the Center's numerous programs and activities; internal and external relationships; industry and academic conferences and events; marketing and communications; media relations; student programs; fundraising; strategic partnerships; budget; personnel; and management of the Center's Board. Mr. Kawahara serves on all of the Center's committees, including Development and Membership; Public Policy and Community Outreach; Industry Outreach and Professional Programs; Student Programs; Research; and Curriculum. As the Center's first executive director, Mr. Kawahara has guided the Center through a period of immense growth.

Mr. Kawahara serves on several boards, including the Los Angeles District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI); Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society for the advancement of land economics; and Commercial Real Estate Women. Mr. Kawahara has also led program initiatives in partnership with numerous industry organizations, including the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP); United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA); Los Angeles Business Council (LABC); Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM); International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); UCLA Anderson Forecast; UCLA Extension; UCLA Department of Urban Planning; the State of California; and the City of Los Angeles.

Mr. Kawahara is a graduate of UCLA and the Executive Program of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Prior to joining the Ziman Center, Mr. Kawahara was the director of development at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Worldwide Welcome Weeks

Worldwide Welcome Weeks (WWW) is an annual event series presented by UCLA Anderson's Office of Alumni Relations, alumni chapters and affinity groups to officially welcome the newest class of alumni to their local UCLA Anderson Alumni Network. Supporting lifelong learning and networking, WWW events offer Anderson alumni the opportunity to go behind the scenes at organizations, engage with academic and business leaders, and participate in exclusive experiences.

Hosted by

UCLA Anderson

Sponsored by

UCLA Anderson

Connect with the Los Angeles Chapter
Like the Los Angeles Chapter Facebook Page
#BruinsWorldwide #UCLAAndersonAlumni