The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) was founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 63,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.

David E. Simon is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, Inc., an S&P 100 company and a leader in the global real estate industry. The Company currently owns or has an interest in approximately 325 retail real estate properties in North America and Asia.

Distinguished Interviewer: Glenn Rufrano is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of O’Connor Capital Partners.

The Charles Grossman Lecture Series was created as a platform for business leaders to provide their unique insights on important issues in the world. This exclusive session explores thought leadership, talent development and globalization in the retail real estate industry.

This Lecture Series honors the late Charles Grossman, former Managing Director of Clarion and Past Chairman of ICSC and the ICSC Foundation. It is always held in March at ICSC’s University of Shopping Centers on the campus of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The purpose of The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is to advance the shopping center industry and to promote its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services by:

Providing educational programs and publications in all aspects of shopping center development, finance, management, marketing and other specialized areas of professional interest;
Conducting meetings and other programs designed to promote the exchange of ideas among members and to facilitate the conduct of their business;
Collecting and disseminating information pertaining to the shopping center industry, includingstatistical data and other statistical research;
Developing and maintaining professional certification programs to encourage high standards for shopping center professionals;
Advocating the interest of the shopping center industry to local, state/provincial, federal and international governmental bodies; and
Publicizing to the general public promotional and educational shopping center business information.