The Women in Commercial Brokerage series is part of the Commercial Brokers Association’s (CBA) larger diversity initiative “to create a more diverse pool of candidates for careers in commercial real estate brokerage.” Their June 20th event, Women in Commercial Brokerage Roundtable, was hosted at CBRE/New England’s 33 Arch Street 10th floor cafe and focused on work/life balance. The event was moderated by our Alison Powers and the panelists included Kerry Hawkins, Senior Director at HFF, Molly Heath, Executive Vice President at JLL, and Kate Lien, Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield. In addition to being successful brokers, each of the panelists are mothers and had a variety of tips for the budding audience.
This event came on the heels of a CBA panel lead by Dune Thorne, Partner at Brown Advisory, where she stated “70% of valedictorians are girls, yet only 4% of S&P 500 CEOs are women.” With that powerful quote in mind, Powers kicked off the discussion with a mission, “30 years from now our goal is to have these same women, and even more, in this room.” Hawkins, Heath and Lien each brought different perspectives and advice for how to get more women in the room, support your career, your family and yourself. Topics discussed included taking maternity leave, managing the day-to-day home/work schedule, handling after work events, and maintaining a good support system at work and home.
The evening concluded with more open dialogue between panelists and attendees. Powers wrapped up the conversation with, “Keep coming to these events. Spread the word about the committee. These conversations were powerful tonight.”
Stay tuned for another Women in Commercial Brokerage CBA event in September.