hreaoHREAO Webinar Series: COVID-19 Impact On Retail

Please join the Harvard Real Estate Alumni Organization to discuss the near-term and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the US and international retail industry and how major retailers are adapting to these challenges.

Thursday, August 27, 2020 @ 12:00PM
Virtual Event via Zoom - Meeting ID and Password will be shared after Event Registration

Click here for more details and to register now!

Cost: $15
Contact: Macy Leung,

The HREAO Webinar Series invites real estate industry experts to lead an interactive forum on specific top-of-mind topics and to share their perspectives on the real estate sector—including various trends, strategies, and insights, as well as to answer your questions.

Our speakers will discuss how the pandemic has impacted brick and mortar retailers, how the retail experience is impacted, retail shopper experiences, social distancing, and hygienic guidelines, etc. and include time for general audience discussion.


Andrew McLean
In his role as Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew oversees the American Eagle Outfitters (AE) and Aerie store teams and leads global expansion initiatives, including both company-owned and licensee stores across 25 countries. In addition, Andrew has direct responsibility for real estate, construction, retail operations, loss prevention, global brand delivery, international strategy, and customer experience. As AEO strengthens the connection with its customers and broadens its global reach, he provides the expertise essential to growing all the AEO brands.  Andrew’s prior retail experience includes responsibility at a number of successful retailers, including Gap Inc., Liz Claiborne Inc., and URBN Urban Outfitters Inc. Andrew is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA ’96).

Paul J Kurzawa
Paul joined Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (formerly Westfield) in 2019 and is responsible for operating URW’s shopping centers in the U.S., including leading asset management, shopping center management, hospitality, facilities, security, business affairs and commercial office leasing. Prior to joining URW, Paul held senior leadership roles for some of the most distinguished global real estate and entertainment companies in the world including The Blackstone Group, Equity Office Properties, DreamWorks Animation, Westfield Corporation, Lend Lease Corporation and Caruso. While Chief Operating Officer for Caruso, one of the nation’s most highly respected private real estate developers, Paul was directly involved in the development of Americana at Brand and 8500 Berton Way mixed-use developments located in Los Angeles. Paul holds a B.A. in Public Policy and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the United States, Australia and China.

Although the session will have a live Q&A, attendees are asked to submit their questions ahead of time.

Space is limited. Please note that this event is "off-the-record."



12:00PM - 1:00PM Thu 27 Aug 2020 ( Timezone: Pacific )


Virtual Event via Zoom (details sent after registration)

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