The pandemic has changed the way many people and businesses think about the spaces we occupy. What does this mean for the future of real estate? Will we need more commercial space to increase safe distance between workers — or will the market for office space crash as more companies opt to have employees work remotely? Will people flee high-density lifestyles and urban areas? Will a vaccine bring the market back to what we’ve seen in the past?

Join fellow UW alumni and friends online for a livestream and Q & A with a panel of UW experts who will discuss the future of commercial and residential real estate markets. The talk will be moderated by Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

Mark Eppli ’83, MS’84, PhD’91 is the director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate in the Wisconsin School of Business. He is a coauthor of two books: Real Estate Development: Principles and Process and Valuing the New Urbanism. He has served as an independent board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago since 2012. He was named a Distinguished Fellow by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, a commercial real estate organization, which recognizes him as a foremost real estate policy expert. He has also received awards from the Greater Washington Urban League and the Urban Land Institute for his efforts to diversify the real estate profession.


Jill Hatton ’81, MS’82 is a board member/commissioner with more than 35 years of experience in various leadership positions in the real estate investment advisory business. She has served such organizations as BlackRock, the Boston Zoning Commission, the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System Real Estate Advisory Committee, and the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Real Estate and Timber Committee. A recipient of the UW’s Distinguished Real Estate Alumni Award, she has been actively involved in programs and conferences to support young Badgers in the UW Real Estate Program and to encourage interaction and communication among women in the real estate industry.


A recording of this livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.