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Cushman & Wakefield Portland Celebrates Women's History Month, with Katie Dahlin

Joshua Deale
As a Program Manager, Strategic Advisory Services at Cushman & Wakefield, Katie provides strategic advisory and analysis for private, public, and quasi-public companies. She has worked across multiple industry types including healthcare, utilities, and engineering firms, as well as experience with school districts, nonprofits, and transportation agencies. Katie is an active participant and leader with several groups dedicated to the advancement of women as well as young professionals in real estate.

Katie Dahlin Womens History Month

Katie is deeply involved with the CREW Network as a current member, and serving as a committee member of CREW Network Industry Research and CREW Careers, as well as the CREWMate mentoring program in her local chapter. She is also a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Women’s Integrated Network (and served as co-chapter lead for Portland in 2017-2018) and also a member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Future Leaders (CWFL) and also a member of NAIOP. She has also won standout awards based on employee and team transactional performance. Outside of the industry, Katie has also been a member of Mazamas (an outdoor mountaineering and advocacy organization) and has been a supporter of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. She’s also volunteered and served on the board of a few nonprofit organizations including Rosie’s Room and NCompass. Here we get to know a little more about Katie:

1) What led you to pursue a career in real estate?
I’ve always enjoyed learning complicated systems, and real estate was no exception. The stars aligned for me in college after taking a real estate development class that covered just about every element of a project from start to finish—from finding the opportunity, design and construction to carrying out the brokerage process for occupancy. All of it was interesting to me. Understanding that there were about 100 different directions to take in the industry, I jumped on any extracurricular project I could be a part of and from there landed an internship that led to my first job out of school at a real estate consulting firm (our team will often still partner with them even today).

2) What does Women’s History Month mean to you why is it important that we celebrate?
It’s important to recognize the women who have helped make our world what it is today. Throughout history, there have been myriad female scientists, mathematicians, and astronauts who have played crucial roles in the progression of our civilization and no one seems to know about them. I think the greater awareness helps break down negative stereotypes.

3) How important is it that women, particularly young women, have not only mentors but role models in the CRE industry to learn and grow from? And in one sentence, what is one message or piece of advice you learned you would share with these women? 
Building a professional network with mentors and role models (both men and women—there is a lot to gain from both) can help you learn how to create your own path and learn where to take calculated risks. I highly recommend engaging with mentors throughout each stage of your career to help bring clarity to your long-term goal setting. However, be mindful that it can take some time working together on building the relationship and that mentors are not always going to have all the answers for you. Be a respectful mentee by being prepared with good questions, always be gracious, and work to maintain those relationships long term.

4) How would you say that Cushman & Wakefield has helped in the advancement of women in the industry, yourself included
Receiving Cushman & Wakefield’s CREW Scholarship in 2018 for their leadership certificate was a tremendous opportunity that helped break me out of my shell, learn more about the industry and form mentorships that have turned into friendships over the last two years. Overall, the interpersonal skills and best practices I’ve learned in CREW have directly translated into my everyday work life and Cushman & Wakefield fostered a lot of that.

5) What are some of your favorite enjoyable hobbies outside the office? And which ones do you find help balance or propel you forward as a professional? How or why?
The outdoor sports I so very ignorantly jumped into have put me through some intense mental and physical challenges. I’ve summited mountains, backpacked for miles on end, ran trail running marathons—the list goes on. When you’re in a precarious or potentially life-or-death situation you learn how to get outside of your own head, and that’s put a lot into perspective for me. Not only is exercise good for balancing your brain, but now when I walk into a networking event for the first time and I don’t know anyone, talking to strangers about real estate doesn’t feel so intimidating. I’ll remind myself that everyone still puts their pants on one leg at a time.

Bonus) Quick Word Play:
Beach or Snow - Snow every time! If you hike high enough you can still find it!
Book or Movie - Movie
Plane or Train or Automobile - Automobile if I’m the one driving, otherwise plane
Chess or Checkers - Chess
Cartwheel or Somersault - Cartwheel
Soup or Sandwich – Sandwiches (no brainer)
Singing or Dancing – Singing Both are uncoordinated, but karaoke always wins
Skydive or Bungee Jump – Skydive
Deep into Space or Deep into the Ocean - Deep into Space Though very tough to answer… but I watch a lot of SciFi
Run or Walk - Run
Lemonade or Iced Tea - 2 in 1
CD or Vinyl Record - Neither, Digital all the way

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