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Why Is Equality Not Just a Women’s Issue, but a Business Issue?

Kristina Owens • 3/8/2020
It’s important that all members of a community, including women, have an equal voice in how real estate shapes our world.
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In 2013 I joined the real estate industry and had the opportunity to explore both the brokerage and the global corporate real estate sectors of the business. Through my exposure to multiple levels of management, I saw the grand scale and reach of the industry overall. Real estate impacts all aspects of communities, from the boardroom to the neighborhood coffee shop. For that reason, it’s important that all members of a community, including women, have an equal voice in how real estate shapes our world. Women understand the need to think proactively and often have an intuitive ability to identify talents that are needed at the table.

Each for Equal Christina DiazIt is imperative that businesses provide opportunities across industries, incorporating functional teams that promote productivity, innovation and collaboration. These teams and their shared knowledge can create a basis for expectations and a pathway to advancement and opportunities that don’t discriminate according to age, gender, ethnicity and/or self-identification.

Cushman & Wakefield has taken the commitment to opportunity a step further with the creation of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). ERGs allow all employees the chance to volunteer their time and network globally with employees across service lines and all organizational levels. What I enjoy most about my involvement with ERGs is watching a talent recruiter become chair of events and partnerships (a sector to which they would not otherwise be exposed). Through ERGs, Cushman & Wakefield provides its 51,000 employees around the world a chance to try something out of their wheelhouse.

Everyone has an opportunity to rise to the occasion and more often than not, you will find that when given the opportunity, people will exceed expectations. During my time at Cushman & Wakefield, I have witnessed and been a part of the phrase “a rising tide lifts all boats.” Women and underrepresented employees have been invited and encouraged to raise their hands to provide support where needed. When you do decide to take that leap, we have outstanding human resource reps who will guide you in that decision and provide resources to excel professionally and reach your maximum potential.

Opportunity begets opportunity.

Today, businesses are constantly looking for ways to innovate and excel. I hope that more businesses will look within and develop ways to expose an already talented employee pool to new ideas and connect our efforts to the bigger picture. Thank you to Laura Sheehan and the many leaders at Cushman & Wakefield for championing women and broadening opportunity to career paths.

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