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Women in Commercial Real Estate

By Afton Trail, Senior Managing Director

Commercial real estate is widely recognized as a male-dominated industry, but the culture at Cushman & Wakefield is supported, and driven, by some of the most sought-after women leaders in our profession. We believe diversity inspires breakthrough innovation, a culture of inclusion, and encourages the people of Cushman & Wakefield to be the best of the best.

Our people are the foundation on which we deliver superior client service, and the women of Cushman & Wakefield are no exception. The leadership, skills, and acumen of our women professionals are powerful tools in cultivating client relationships, winning new business, attracting and retaining top talent, and transforming overall perceptions of the industry. Krystal Sears, a Property Manager in our Denver office, knows first-hand that being backed by a company that truly supports its employees can create profound personal successes.

Sears started in commercial real estate as a temporary employee. She actively sought opportunities to grow within her career and excelled at many of the challenges she faced. Ultimately, Judy Purviance-Anderson, Cushman & Wakefield General Manager at 1670 Broadway, hired Sears as Assistant Property Manager. Over the years, Judy, who was recently awarded the prestigious title as BOMA fellow, has served as an active mentor to Krystal by challenging her to reach outside her comfort zone and learn new skills. “My team, especially Judy, has been instrumental in mentoring me to become successful in the commercial real estate industry,” said Sears.

Krystal SearsRecently, Sears received the Assistant Property Manager of the Year Award from BOMA Denver Metro—a true testament to her success. “This coveted award recognizes her exemplary performance by her industry peers as well as by our 1670 Broadway team,” said Purviance-Anderson. Because of her excellent work, Sears was recently promoted to Property Manager.

Women like Sears are experiencing profound success by challenging the status quo, operating with a client-first mentality, and delivering exceptional results. They support the idea that “alone we are good; together we are great,” positively influence our company culture, and are an integral part of what makes Cushman & Wakefield an industry employer of choice. Alicia Gage, Cushman & Wakefield Vice President, Human Resources, is an expert on what it takes to attract and retain top talent. “As real estate professionals, we are in the people business,” she said. “Our property management professionals strive to provide superior customer service to our clients and their tenants every day. As the face of the buildings we manage, it is critical we foster a culture that not only attracts top talent, but creates an environment that retains that talent.”

If you are interested in learning more about our influential women leaders and what Cushman & Wakefield has to offer, check out our current available opportunities.


afton-trail-headshotAs the West Region Lead, Afton is responsible for the executive level oversight of the Asset Services platform in the West region, covering 9 markets and more than 174 million square feet. 


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