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Lessons Learned at CREW New York: Taking Risks in a Skirt

In this second post based on my time at the CREW Convention in New York, Mary Ann Tighe, CEO, New York Tri-State Region, CBRE, gave the luncheon keynote on her experience entering the real estate industry as one of the very few female brokers in New York. She also focused on women power and success in the real estate industry – a topic that was very interesting to me and my experience.

After her keynote, she had a fireside chat with Ric Campo at Camden Property Trust who notably said, “Great culture always beats strategy,” and Mary Anne Gilmartin from Forest City Ratner Companies about impacting and influencing the real estate industry.  

Some additional highlights from Mary Ann’s keynote and personal experiences I’ve had:

  • Don’t be afraid to shift your career focus. Mary Ann was first an art historian and now is the CEO of the CBRE NY/Tri Region. Mary Ann wasn’t timid shifting her career focus. This is very personal to me as I shifted my career in my early 30s with no real estate experience. Every day when I first started, I kept second guessing myself if I had made the right choice. I learned that it’s about trusting your gut, taking risks and the drive I had that made me successful in my previous company, has made me successful today. It made me realize that anything is possible and I’m not falling behind with my real estate peers as long as I continue to grow, learn from my peers and take risks. 
  • Prove them wrong. When a colleague told Mary Ann that she would not become vice chairman of her company not because of her successful track record, but because she was a woman, that drove her to prove them wrong. Two years later she was vice chairman at her former company.  
  • Be active in the real estate industry. I have been heavily involved in CREW Boston and NAIOP MA and participate on the committees at each organization. It has helped me grow my network and connect people to others. Take the lead on running events or be a host for a committee meeting or event. Your brand and your company’s brand will be on the minds and ears of everyone that walks into that event or meeting.

This post is part two in a four-part series by Melissa Desingco, business development manager in Neoscape’s Boston studio.

Image credit: CREW Network

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