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WIN: Highlights from the Inaugural Conversation Series Panel Discussion

by Louise Elliott, Communications Specialist
“Fresh perspectives on business as usual” was the theme of the inaugural Women’s Integrated Network Conversation Series held Wednesday evening at Cushman & Wakefield’s downtown Chicago global headquarters. The following roll call of WIN organization leaders made up the panel.


Vicki Noonan, Managing Principal, Chicago (moderator)
Adrienne Fasano, America’s Head of Marketing and Communications (WIN Recruitment)
Tod Lickerman, Chief Executive, Americas (WIN Executive Sponsor)
Debra Moritz, Leader Strategic Consulting Group (WIN Metrics Chair)
Anne Spencer, Director, Healthcare Practice Group (WIN Chair)


The discussion ranged from how to develop a mentor relationship to growing diversity in the workplace to addressing the wage gap. Below are some of the highlights.
How is Cushman & Wakefield actively enhancing the diversity of our company?
Tod Lickerman: We’re working to open up the paths to come into our industry. In order to expand diversity in an industry that is historically made up of similar types of people, it’s important to open new channels and paths to bring in a greater variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.
What are your tips for having a work/life balance?
Adrienne Fasano: I have four kids, a dog, a mother who lives with me, and a husband who runs two businesses. It still surprises me sometimes when I think about how much I have accomplished. I try to live by five rules when it comes to work/life balance.
1) Let go of perfectionism. You won’t succeed with it.
2) Unplug. Our society is 24/7 and there are times we’ve all worked over vacation, but it’s important to take time to disconnect and be there for the people around you.
3) Exercise and meditation. When you walk into a tough meeting, it’s important that you’re focused and healthy both mentally and physically.
4) Get rid of time-wasting activities and toxic people. Sometimes this can be very hard but there are both people around us and things we do that consume our time with no benefit.
5) Outsource. I order my groceries online now because it saves the two hours it takes to run to the grocery store. Prioritize what you can and outsource the rest.


What tips would you offer a young women to be successful?
Anne Spencer: The time will never be right, you just have to jump. Jump into projects and jump into opportunities you’re interested in. Also, realize that although you may not have people who report directly to you, there is probably someone who looks at you as a leader.


From the metrics perspective, what are the challenges women face when looking at leadership roles?
Debra Moritz: There are a higher percentage of males in leadership roles. Looking at the pay gap specifically, men are more likely to ask for money than women are. On average, men will apply for a job if they are 60% qualified for the job. Women will apply if they are 100% qualified. We have to encourage others to take risks and ask for what we want.

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