Highlights: Women in Real Estate Luncheon

Highlights: Women in Real Estate Luncheon


(gentle music) – I think education is the way
that we break glass ceilings. We currently have 71 women
enrolled in real estate degree programs at USC. – I utilized the career center at USC. In person, face-to-face networking really comes into play too. – The biggest risk I too was
taking the job that I have now. It was switching sides of the industry and an opportunity came
up with this developer and it really sparked my interest and although I took a
lower title and less pay, it’s really paid off. – Took two years out
of my career to be home to be with my kids and it was
a huge risk because I wasn’t sure if I was going to
be able to come back. I came back to exactly the
same point that I had left off but then I came back with a lot
more opportunity for growth. I accepted a promotion to
executive vice president. So my family and I are
actually moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the summer
and so they’re following me for my career. – Took off time when I had my children and I think that’s one great
thing about real estate is because it can be so
entrepreneurial, you can scale it. That was something that
was attractive to me, that I could do my own thing when I choose and still have the life that I wanted. – Have you really tried
to get a promotion yet and how has that process worked? – Be as direct and assertive
and confident as you can. Don’t ever assume that
your boss is watching all of your little
day-to-day accomplishments and knows everything that you do. You have to point it out. – Present yourself as a
leader, act like a leader and I think that the titles will follow. – If you wanna be a working
mom, there are some days where you’re gonna miss
some things but ultimately like Mercedes said, I
think it all balances out. I think it’s great to set
an example for your kids to say, okay, I can do
it, I can be a great mom, I can be a successful career woman. – Most of my mentors
have been pretty fluid. I kind of sought after people
that I aspire to be like. – I think representation
of women in real estate is really important. You can see that there is a
path to it, I think visualizing yourself in that path is really important. – Just to intercede specific
stuff, I’m part of Commerce Industrial Council, it’s
just a local council in the market that I work
in and you get to know the city officials and
leadership in the city and I feel like that’s
a huge opportunity too for you to kinda spread your
wings within your industry. – The Urban Land Institute
is a national organization with the mission to provide
leadership in the responsible use of land and they have
an absolutely amazing young leaders program here
in Los Angeles particularly. – TREA, the Trojan Real
Estate Association within USC is phenomenal, they put on
great panels just like this. You never know who you’re
gonna meet at any one of these events and groups and I
think it really provides a network of people within the industry. – We’re the largest owner,
my company, of healthcare real estate and we only probably
control something like 4% of that market so the
opportunities are immense. The California Assisted
Living Association, I’m on that board, every
single year they have two conferences, northern
California, southern California, and they offer scholarships for students. – I just wanna be proud
of the work that I do, I want to influence the built environment. – I really wanna be able
to see the buildings that we’ve thought about
and designed be built and meet some of the tenants,
continue to aid the process of transforming the city
of Los Angeles into a place where individuals of all
socioeconomic backgrounds can live together. – Be active, be assertive, be confident, ask for what you want. Each one of us has a
really happy home life in addition to having really great careers so I think you have
some great examples here of how you actually can have it all.

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