CHICAGO—Last Friday morning, more than 130 women from all sectors of the commercial real estate business filled a large meeting room at the Four Seasons Hotel and took advantage of an opportunity rare in the male-dominated industry: the chance to network with other women. Lively talk filled the room as attendees made new friendships and connections.

GE Capital Real Estate hosted the morning event, which included an earlier session on building a personal and professional brand, and later an interview by Debbie Riley, the company’s capital markets leader, of Lori Healey, the current chief executive officer of Tur Partners and former chief of staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley.

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