In her local lead position, Jody is responsible for the design, layout and production of a wide variety of marketing deliverables for print and digital platforms. Jody is inspired by the multifaceted nature of the commercial real estate industry, which sits at the intersection of a wide range of disciplines including architecture, cartography, sustainability and economics. She holds an MFA in Applied Craft and Design from OCAC + PNCA and a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She is also an active member with the Portland Leadership Council (2019-2020), Cushman & Wakefield’s Women’s Integrated Network (WIN)—and serving as Co-Chair of her local WIN chapter in 2019, League of Women Designers, and American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). We talk with Jody to get to know a little more about her in our celebration of Women’s History Month:
1) What are some of the necessary progressions you’ve noticed in the CRE industry that have positively impacted women? What are some of the biggest changes you’ve made within yourself?
Since I started in commercial real estate over 10 years ago, I have seen a lot of improvement in the overall culture of this industry. One thing that stands out is that as a young woman beginning my career over a decade ago with another company—long before joining Cushman & Wakefield—it had seemed pretty much the norm having to deal with inappropriate comments and behavior from male colleagues—unfortunately, it was just expected. Nowadays, people are far more respectful and professional, and there are far more policies and trainings in place addressing these situations, particularly at Cushman & Wakefield. This has ultimately created a much safer, comfortable and more productive culture for women in the industry and in the professional workforce in general.
2) What does Women’s History Month mean to you why is it important that we celebrate?
I think Women’s History Month is important because it gives the achievements of women more visibility and in turn inspires women everywhere to strive to think bigger and be their best selves.
3) What does it mean to you to empower women?
For me, empowering women is synonymous with supporting them. Whether it’s sharing skills and knowledge with coworkers and colleagues or encouraging others who are doubtful or struggling, there’s always something we can do to lift those around us.
4) What is something you have never done but would really like to do in your life?
I would like to own my own creative business someday and have the ability to hire and mentor/support other women, especially those who are most vulnerable, through the business. Not sure what that business will be exactly, but there are some ideas brewing….
5) You have a very young daughter of 1 years old, what are some things (or advice) you plan to give to encourage her to be successful in whatever she does? Is there anything you look ahead in her future and hope may change by the time she has a career?
Advice: Don’t doubt yourself. Lack of confidence is something that many women struggle with, myself included, and I’m working hard to encourage her to be strong, confident and resilient even at these early stages.
I hope that by the time she is in the working world there will be better family leave policies in place across the country so that if she chooses to have a family she will have ample time and support to ease into the role of being a working mother. Many professional women (and men) are only allotted a limited amount of time—maybe a few weeks or less—of unpaid leave after having a baby (or adopting) and that often isn’t enough to support the health and happiness of most families.
Bonus Quick Word Play (choose one answer):
Beach or Snow
Book or Movie
Plane or Train or Automobile
Cartwheel or Somersault Neither, Headstand
Soup or Sandwich Both!
Singing or Dancing
Skydive or Bungee Jump Neither
Deep into Space or Deep into the Ocean I'd rather go Deep into the forest
Run or Walk A little of both
Lemonade or Iced Tea
CD or Vinyl Record