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Poonam is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovating around the built world. Currently CEO of Raise, she previously founded StealthForce, (the gig economy of commercial real estate), which was successfully exited in early 2019. Prior to StealthForce, she spent over a decade in CRE across private equity, asset management and development. She was Deputy to the Head of Global Real Estate Asset Management at Partners Group AG ($40 bn AUM), and earlier employee 13 at The Gerson Lehrman Group, the world's first expert network. Poonam earned her BA at Harvard and MBA at Wharton. Twice named a top female CEO in CREtech, she has been featured in The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Harvard Business Review, NBC News, and more.
She is a mother, a recovering investment executive, and an advisor to startups. She taught real estate development to NFL players, started an aviation club for MBA students, and delivered the Wharton MBA commencement speech entitled "What Have We Learned." An author with a philosophical sensibility and a practical bent, her four books (two traditional fiction and two nonfiction entrepreneurship titles) have been published in five languages and seven countries worldwide. Poonam is a multifaceted and experienced public speaker (ULI, ICSC, CRETech, etc.) whose articles, appearances and projects span four decades and cover topics ranging from entrepreneurship to competition among women, from motherhood's impact on the entrepreneurial journey to the challenges of startup life...and it all began with a middle school column she penned for Teen To Teen Newspaper, titled Poo's Views. Mercifully, no copies of those early articles survive.
Wharton MBA Commencement Speech "What Have We Learned"
Red Dress Ink, 2008 (France)
Red Dress Ink, 2009 (Malaysia)
"Poonam is one of the most engaging speakers I've come across. Measured and insightful, she delves deep into the topic at hand, delivering clear insights in a relatable way, regardless of the topic. The audience was captivated."