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CREW-Miami members have been working all year to make deals happen, as well as dedicating time to CREW, and actively engaging in the industry and community. Now we have a chance to recognize those whose leadership and dedication have stood out from November 2015 through the present. We want to acknowledge the movers and shakers of this milestone year
Want to recognize a mentor who has helped you in your career? Did you ink a big deal and want everyone to know? If so, please click on the link below to see all the categories, and complete a nomination.
CREW-Miami’s awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 14.
Send questions or submissions to Joann Soman. Thank you!
“He said, ‘Barbara, if you were a man, I would hire you today. But since you’re a female, I’m not going to hire you.’” Barbara Black’s retelling of her first attempt to enter the commercial real estate industry was an emotional kick off to the CREW-Miami August luncheon.
Barbara is currently managing partner at JLL, the second largest real estate brokerage in the nation.
Joining her for the luncheon and panel discussion were Florida Bar President and managing partner at Burr & Forman LLP’s Tampa office Bill Schifino; incoming president and managing director of Gray Robinson and former Florida Bar president Mayanne Downs; partner at Bilzin Sumberg Al Dotson; and principal of Fairchild Partners Maria Juncadella. Former television news anchor and reporter Cynthia Demos moderated the panel.
In addition to sharing stories, the panelist offered the following advice for the women and men in the audience, which included commercial real estate and legal industry professionals:
The panel came about after recent studies from CREW Network and The Florida Bar show that women are still dealing with gender bias and a wide wage gap. Bill Schifino shared that Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division survey found that 43 percent of young female lawyers still face gender bias and harassment in the workplace.
The CREW Network Benchmark Study indicates that while career satisfaction and optimism among women in commercial real estate is improving, a 23.3% median wage gap between men and women remains.
Today, women make up just over a third of judges and 38% of the Florida Bar’s membership. “No, it’s not enough,” said Bill Schifino, “There’s a lot of work to do, but we’re getting there.”
To view the event photo album, click here.