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CoreNet Global Connecticut Westchester Chapter presents a Virtual Program Series Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

In these uncertain and ever-changing times, possessing a better understanding of our economic future is vital for professionals in the corporate real estate market.

Please join our fantastic panel of top economic experts as they examine global, national, and local economies as well as trends in corporate real estate. The group will also discuss how current newsworthy headlines, such as the election and COVID-19, will impact the outlook of our economy.

The panel will feature David Lehman (DECD), David Griggs (MetroHartford Alliance), Ryan Severino (JLL) and will be moderated by Susan C. Winkler (CT IFS/MetroHartford Alliance).

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Moderated by

Susan C. Winkler Executive Director Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services (CT IFS)Vice President MetroHartford Alliance


Ms. Winkler represents the workforce and business interests of 30 major insurance and financial services [IFS] companies in the state of Connecticut, USA, including P&C, life/retirement, and health insurers as well as financial services companies and service providers. Ms. Winkler provides strategic direction and management to a Board of Directors across the common goal of economic development including major initiatives in workforce development, public advocacy, and business attraction. As an industry leader, she manages strategic, public-private, high priority projects of business recruitment, selling the strengths of Connecticut’s IFS industry, and the Insurance Capital of the U.S., to bring net new jobs to the economy.


David Lehman Commissioner Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

 David Lehman serves as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the state agency that oversees a wide range of programs promoting business growth, brownfield redevelopment, the arts, historic preservation, and tourism.

David also serves as the Governor’s Senior Economic Advisor. He is hard at work at creating an innovative public-private partnership between DECD and AdvanceCT (formerly CERC) that will provide a new economic development delivery model for our state.

David Griggs President and CEO MetroHartford Alliance

 David Griggs is President and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, the region’s business and economic development organization that drives economic prosperity through job retention and creation and promotes the Greater Hartford Region as an exceptional place to build a business, an industry, a career, and a future. In this role, Mr. Griggs works with leaders of the region’s private-sector employers to ensure that the organization is strongly positioned to leverage economic development opportunities through planning, research, data, and marketing. He also partners with public-sector decision-makers to secure a financial base that will enhance the Alliance’s capacity to drive economic growth, retain jobs, and create new ones in a variety of sectors for generations.

Ryan Severino Chief Economist JLL

Ryan Severino is the chief economist at JLL where he manages the economics team and is responsible for global and regional economic research, analysis, and forecasting as well as property market forecasting.


Prior to JLL, Ryan served as a senior economist and director of research at Reis in the research and economics department, the team responsible for the firm’s market forecasting, valuation, and portfolio analytics services. Ryan also served as the Associate Director of Research at MetLife Real Estate Investments where he was responsible for macroeconomic and real estate market analysis, formulating portfolio strategy, and conducting deal reviews. Before joining MetLife, Ryan served as the Director of Investment Strategy and Market Research at Starwood Capital Group where he directed the entire research effort at the firm. Ryan has also held research positions at Prudential Real Estate Investors and UBS.