“When you learn, teach; when you get, give.” – Maya Angelou
“When you learn, teach; when you get, give.” – Maya Angelou
MARCH 18, 2020
6:00 pm

When you launched your career, what questions did you have? Did you wish you had the benefit of a trailblazing mentor?

Join Sharon Poczter, a columnist for Inc. and a long-time professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Yeshiva University, and Bess Freedman, Chief Executive Officer of Brown Harris Stevens, for an exclusive discussion in which you'll gain their invaluable insight on how to build a successful and effective mentor/mentee partnership, as well as practical strategies for fostering mentorship among female employees. 



Bess Freedman

Brown Harris Stevens
Chief Executive Officer

The firm's first Chief Executive Officer Bess Freedman is a strong leader, motivator and educator. Formerly Co-President of Brown Harris Stevens, and a Senior Managing Director of the Corcoran Group's East Side headquarters, Bess brings to her real estate career top professionalism, interpersonal skills and negotiating savvy that are well respected by her industry peers and agents alike.

Bess was appointed in 2013 by Brown Harris Stevens President Hall F. Willkie to foster business development. With special attention to the extraordinary Brown Harris Stevens history, culture, narrative and brand, Bess now leads a cohesive working environment that invites mutual inspiration and sharing. She enjoys being a trusted resource and finding creative solutions to every situation, particularly new ways to pitch and market listings, to coach agents through difficult negotiations, choosing excellence.

Prior to her promotion to Senior Managing Director at Corcoran, as an agent Bess attained great success at their Carnegie Hill office. Bess achieved repeated membership in their Multi-Million-Dollar Club thanks to her exemplary customer service, knowledge of the market and results.

Originally from upstate New York, Bess earned her undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and her law degree from The University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering real estate, Bess practiced law as an Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland, and also worked at Legal Aid as an attorney. Bess is a member of the Florida, Washington, D.C. and Maryland Bar, and worked in New York pro hac vice. She speaks Spanish and has lived in various cities including Washington D.C., Miami, and Seville, Spain. Bess is the mother of two children who are attending school on the Upper East Side . In spare time she enjoys family and friends, music, reading, knitting, weekends in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and regular meetings with her Mahjongg group. She is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and an advocate of the Kalief Browder Foundation.


Sharon L. Poczter

Yeshiva University
Chair of the Strategy-Entrepreneurship Department, Associate Professor

Sharon Poczter is the Chair of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Department at the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University as well as Associate Professor. Her research focuses on issues related to access to financing for firms in both the developing and developed context, including the role of the government in promoting entrepreneurship, and gender disparity in company funding. Her research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, and she is a columnist and frequent contributor for Inc, Bloomberg, Fox News, and other media outlets where she simplifies complex economic and business issues, and uses economics to analyze issues around women at work. Her economic take on women in the workforce has also appeared in the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. She is also a professional kickboxing instructor.