August Luncheon Recap
The all-women panel at the August luncheon discuss challenges and triumphs they've faced in commercial real estate.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
by: Shelby Ballow

Section: News Roundup




Insightful and inspiring sums up the past August luncheon. Nina Desmond brought the crowd to a standing ovation after a tearful, moving statement about the impact the Back to School Drive/Promise2Kids has on foster youth. Just one new backpack makes all the difference for the start of the school year to a foster child, and BOMA San Diego members are helping numerous kids get off on the right foot.

Nellie Day moderated a panel of successful, experienced women in the CRE industry. Cybele Thompson, Director of Real Estate Assets for the City of San Diego, advised the crowd to do things you are afraid of doing and to be aware of your value. Without taking on challenges, you will never fully understand your limits or reach your highest potential.

Ana Tsang with JLL encouraged everyone to find a good support group, surround yourself with those in and outside of the industry who you can go to for guidance. On the touchy subject of income, the panel agreed that you should do your homework and pay attention to what competitors are paying. Do not be afraid to ask colleagues and others in your industry what they are getting paid!

Ann Chevalier with Kidder Mathews suggests motivating your team by leading by example; “a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” – John C. Maxell.