In honor of Black History Month, Cushman & Wakefield interviewed members of Blacks United in Leadership and Development (BUILD), a new employee resource group established for colleagues at Cushman & Wakefield who identify as African, African-American, Afro-Latin, Black, Caribbean, and West Indian; with origins from Africa, North America, the Caribbean, Central America, the Pacific Islands and South America. The group supports career and leadership development, networking opportunities, employee recognition and community service, with the goal of attracting and retaining diverse talent throughout Cushman & Wakefield.
This week, we interviewed Crystal Howley, Marketing Assistant. She has more than 30 years of experience, working in property management for the majority her career. She currently provides marketing and administrative support for several office tenant representation brokers.
Cushman & Wakefield: How did your upbringing help shape who you are today?
Crystal Howley: My mother and father were not only phenomenal parents they were a great inspiration as well. My mother was a teacher and my father started his career as a brick mason and worked his way through school to become an architect. They instilled in me that I could be whatever I wanted and the only thing that could get in my way was me. They always told me that life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. I believe what they taught, me and I practice what they preached every day.
How do you think the Atlanta commercial real estate industry can become more diverse?
The industry has made strides in hiring a more diverse demographic, however we must move beyond hiring. I believe we should invest in this demographic by providing mentoring, training and promotion for the next generation of real estate brokers, C-Suite executives and upper level management.
What does diversity in this industry mean to you?
Diversity in this industry means more opportunity, more business, and more exposure for commercial real estate.