Commercial Real Estate Women Discuss Diversity – New York Real Estate Journal Online

CREW New York meets to discuss diversity issues.
Shown (from left) are: Allison Robin, principal at Levien & Co. and 2020 president of CREW New York; Andis Woodlief, Contractor Compliance, LLC; Toby Dodd, Cushman & Wakefield; Tanya Pope, Columbia University; Theresa Harrison, Ernst & Young; and Kathleen Culhane, Nontraditional Employment for Women

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When CREWNY guests gathered at the offices of Trepp, LLC, on January 30th, Gregory Heym discussed 2020 economic projections. “The largest influence on real estate currently,” Heym said, “are the federal policies and the uncertain government landscape. In the politically unstable election year, buyers are likely to proceed cautiously.” Heym, who is the chief economist for Terra Holdings, advised the group on what to look for when trying to predict the health of the economy. “The key is not to watch the daily numbers but to look at the trends over time. Watch what inflation is doing and especially keep an eye on what is happening in the federal government.”

At the “Diversity and Inclusion in Real Estate” luncheon, the panelists discussed how diversity and inclusion are a major priority, not only within their firms but across the real estate industry. Allison Robin, principal at Levien & Co. and 2020 president of CREW New York, said, “Unbiased training and confronting your own bias is so important to not only CREWNY but to the real estate industry as a whole. Now is the time to be making the change! Not only is it the right thing to do, but it’s the smart thing to do.”

Pope has had more than 15 years experience working with and sourcing diverse, capable vendors for projects, such as the Upper Manhattan Pre-Apprenticeship program for Minority, Women and Upper Manhattan workers in conjunction with Pathways to Apprenticeship (P2A), The West Harlem Development Corporation and the City of New York. Leading the discussion, she asked the panelists, “How do we move toward parity of men and …

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