Cushman & Wakefield showcased its dedication to helping accelerate the advancement of women working at the company through the creation of WIN – the Women’s Integrated Network. The internal organization brings together employees to help further professional growth, provide development support, and to acknowledge and publicize women within the company.
Yesterday, a panel of five women from various business lines shared their perspective on topics ranging from personal and professional development, career advancement and maintaining a work/life balance, answering questions from their peers about how women can advance in the commercial real estate industry, their secrets of success, working in a male-dominated industry and more. Erin Smith moderated the panel, which included Brooklin Salemi, Lisa Pittman, Aileen Almassy, Rosalind Rainge and Donna West.
A few takeaways from the panel:
– Lisa Pittman spoke about the importance of speaking up in meetings. She prepares in advance in order to contribute in a meaningful way at least once a meeting.
– Donna West mentioned that while it’s important to be responsive to clients, she sets aside a few hours each night to spend with her family, no phones allowed. Similarly, Allison Bittel works from home one day a week so she can dedicate time to her family.
– A few women said they ask brokers support any points/statements they make during meetings, and also said they make it a point to back up what other women say
The Atlanta WIN chapter, which was established last year, is overseen by April Parrish. For more information, visit cushwakewin.com.