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This is an expanded version of an article that ran in the July/August 2013 issue of Real Estate Forum. To see the original story, click here. 

When looking at success stories, these two are hard to overlook. As chairman and CEO of Ventas REIT, Debra A. Cafaro took a troubled organization and transformed it into one of the largest and most profitable REITs in the industry, delivering 32% compound annual returns for 13 years. Sheli Z. Rosenberg blazed a trail as CEO of Rosenberg & Liebentritt, Equity Group Investments’ internal law firm, overseeing some of the biggest real estate deals ever made. Today she’s of counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. It’s fitting, then, that when asked to choose a woman she admires, Cafaro chose her own mentor (and Ventas board member), Rosenberg. The women share not only a strong business relationship and friendship, but also a commitment to serve as role models to others in the industry.

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