Titan Talks Series

Sit down with David Picket
David L.Picket CEO, Gotham Organization

In this next installment of Titan Talks, Bess Freedman, CEO of Brown Harris Stevens sits down with David L.Picket CEO, Gotham Organization for an in-depth interview. Under David’s direction, Gotham has developed over 5,000 housing units and over 1.7 million square feet of urban retail. The majority of the firm’s developments have utilized public/private partnerships, combining public funds, tax benefits, and/or reduced land prices in exchange for the creation of affordable housing, schools, community facilities, job programs, and other public benefits.

March 14, 2024

Housing the Next Generation of New Yorkers
U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres discusses affordable housing

Bess Freedman, CEO of Brown Harris Stevens sits down with U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres to explore his journey from living in public housing to fighting in Washington to help others to do so.

Learn what Rep. Torres has to say about 421A and future legislation to protect the city's affordable housing stock and promote future growth.

May 8, 2023

Titan Talks Event Clips

Do you see yourself as a pioneer?

How did you get Shark Tank to reconsider you after initial rejection?

In Their Own Words: Lessons from Industry Trailblazers

Hosted by Bess Freedman, CEO, Brown Harris Stevens
Featuring Barbara Corcoran, Founder of the Corcoran Group and Executive producer of Shark Tank


The built real estate world, and the diverse array of companies developing,
financing and servicing the industry, have a common denominator: The greatest
achievements and developments are all driven by titans — women and men
whose names are etched on skyscrapers, listed in mastheads, and noted in

Who are these titans of real estate, making headlines and headway in the
industry? What makes them tick, and what inspired them on their career paths?
And what lessons can real estate students and professionals glean to become the
titans of tomorrow?

Fordham University’s Real Estate Institute is offering a new series, Titan Talks,
hosted by Bess Freedman, CEO of Brown Harris Stevens, to share a behind-the-
scenes look at the leaders shaping the industry. Positioned at the epicenter of the
built world with a matching curriculum to produce the next generation of real
estate leaders, Fordham’s Real Estate Institute will bring the titans to you, and
help build your foundation for success!