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WX Panel Discussion and Distinguished Speaker Series: Ellen Brown – EVP of Acquisitions and Development, Denihan Hospitality

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Tiya Jain

Tiya Jain is a Baker Program in Real Estate graduate student. Prior to Baker she completed her chartered accountancy course in India (Equivalent to the CPA) and has 6 years of post-qualification experience with multinationals such as Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Deloitte etc. Her last position at Deloitte involved advising large developers and private equity funds on funding, structuring and cost saving transactions in line with the local laws and regulations. Prior to Deloitte, she helped Aldia Capital, a boutique investment advisor in India, set up base in Mumbai. She was responsible for creating trusting relationships with the local real estate developers for the firm to secure $100 mm mandates. Tiya also strengthened local banking and financial relationships to the firm to tie up both ends of the deal making process. She is also interested in sustainable energy solutions, solar technology and she implemented the same for 3 housing societies in her neighborhood in Mumbai to cut energy costs by 25%. At Cornell, Tiya is the VP of Events for the Cornell Real Estate Women’s club that looks at leveraging opportunities for professional growth for women and eliminating the gender differences in the real estate industry. Tiya is also a Junior editor for the Cornell Review. The assignment involves contributing high quality research articles for the Cornell yearly journal and also interviewing real estate industry leaders who speak at the Distinguished Speaker Series. She enjoys playing Sudoku and practicing eastern philosophies such as yoga and meditation in her free time. Post Baker she would like to work in real estate investments and finance.

We would like to introduce another prolific panelist for the WX: New York Women in Real Estate Panel discussion, Ellen Brown. Ellen is the Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Development for Denihan Hospitality and has been with the organization for over 19 years. Denihan Hospitality has been in the business for more than 50 years as a privately-held, full service hotel management and development company. The company owns and/or operates 10 boutique hotels in major urban markets throughout the U.S such as New York and Chicago. The company has built a world-class lodging investment platform within the boutique hotel space, creating value by acquiring, re-positioning and managing independent hotels. Ellen leads Denihan’s expansion efforts including acquisitions/dispositions, joint ventures and management agreements.

Ellen was previously Manager for the hospitality group of PWC where she managed consulting engagements covering all aspects of hospitality real estate development and investment including hotels, resorts, casinos and restaurants. Ellen holds leadership positions in several women’s advancements groups such as WX New York Women in Real Estate, Women’s Hospitality Investment Network. She is also on the President’s Council of Cornell Women and on the Cornell Hotel Society. Ellen has her bachelor’s degree from the School of Hotel Administration 1988.

The Baker Program would like to welcome Ellen to campus as we eagerly look forward to the discussion.

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