IWD Inspire Inclusion E-Book

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Women of

Cushman & Wakefield



Introduction Women of Cushman & Wakefield This year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) theme, #InspireInclusion, embodies our dedication to fostering an environment where every individual, regardless of gender, feels valued, respected and included. We thank our outstanding women colleagues for their contributions to our firm and the meaningful value they provide to our clients every day. & Wakefield’s Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) Employee Resource Group (ERG) answering questions about what inspires them, what advice they’d give their younger selves, and more. The E-book illustrates some of the many ways our colleagues are inspiring inclusion around the globe. We’re excited to share our IWD E-book featuring more than 30 incredible women from Cushman


What inspires me?

Michelle MacKay Chief Executive Officer New York, USA

Cori English Managing Principal, Northern California, East Bay & Central Valley Regions California, USA

I’m inspired by the wonderful colleagues we have at this company. We have incredible women who lead by example and inspire me every day, including the women on our Board of Directors, our Executive Committee (ExCo), those leading large parts of our business and the women who deliver meaningful value to our clients at all times. Thank you for your continued dedication to making Cushman & Wakefield an inclusive and empowering place to work.

The great outdoors! I grew up hiking/backpacking in the Cascade Mountains and have always been in awe of the diversity and the beauty of the natural world. The adaptability to the seasonal challenges and resiliency to external threats, such as forest fires, are things I look to for strength and hope as I journey through the seasons of my life.


What inspires me?

Jennifer Miles Global Account Director North Carolina, USA

Samantha Vilela Alcântara Legal Director, LATAM & DPO Brazil São Paulo, Brazil The relentless courage and unwavering determination of women who came before me, challenged stereotypes, broke barriers, and paved the way for a more inclusive future are my inspiration. As a mother of a 10-year-old boy, as a regional leader and former sponsor of the WIN Chapter in Brazil, I am committed to driving gender equality not only within the company, but beyond. By championing diversity and inclusivity, we are not only rewriting the narrative in the workplace today but also sowing the seeds of change for generations to come.

Ngina Deshields Director, Asset Services New Jersey, USA

What inspires me is the perseverance and tenacity of my parents, even to this day. My father ran healthcare facilities throughout Brooklyn, and my mom refused to leave the classroom. I am definitely a product of them, down to my name. They purposely chose a name that means one who serves with love. They have created big shoes for me to fill.

Learning and adding value. One of my favorite sayings is, “I learn something new every day.” If I’m not learning, I’m not growing. I also need to be making a difference or adding value. If I’m not, what’s the point?


What inspires me?

Motherhood. It is an amazing management school, where lessons can be transferred to the businesses we run. Motherhood is a place where I learned I had to deal with my unresolved issues and fears in order to care and nurture for my children in a healthy and respectful way….and let’s not forget the multitasking! Camilla Bastoni International Partner - Head of EMEA PDS Sales and Account Mgmt. Milan, Italy

Serena Ridolfi Associate, Project & Development Milan, Italy

The beauty that can be found in the built environment and its relationship with the world. Meeting people who want to share their experience and are open to listening to others inspires me to do better and to delve deeper into the various aspects I encounter in my life. This led me to approach the world of art. I am passionate about baroque architecture and sculpture, I have studied violin for 10 years, and for 4 years I have been attending a theater course which is allowing me to discover new parts of myself.


Knowing what I know today, what would I say to my younger self?

Isabelle Herzberger Team Lead Development Monitoring Munich, Germany

Noral Wild Head of Alternatives, Asia Pacific Melbourne, Australia

Orianna Sequea Business Data Analyst Madrid, Spain

Don’t try and predict the future and map out your life; be open to the opportunities that arise along the journey and let them guide you.

Embrace changes as an opportunity to grow and rebrand yourself. Take the moment to analyze your mistakes so you can learn from them and celebrate every step toward your goal no matter small they are.

The world is vast, and experiences shape you. Explore new cultures, taste exotic foods and marvel at sunsets in distant lands. Books are portals to wisdom, empathy and adventure. Read fiction, non-fiction, poetry—expand your mind and heart. People matter more than achievements. Remember, dear younger self, life is a canvas, and you’re the artist. Paint it with colors that resonate with your soul.


Knowing what I know today, what would I say to my younger self?

I would tell myself to reframe my relationship with fear. Risks have huge rewards, and fear will only hold you back from what you are capable of. Jessica Howe Vice President, Global Practice Groups Leasing Management Boston, USA

Susana Fernandes Senior Consultant, Advisory & Retail Valuation Lisbon, Portugal

Embrace change as an opportunity for growth and development. Be open to new challenges, experiences and perspectives. Adaptability and resilience are key qualities that will serve you well in your professional and personal life. Jinny Song Senior Project Manager, Client Services Lead, PDS Korea Seoul, South Korea

To never lose this “thirst” for learning and desire to evolve. Curiosity has always been my best ally.


How do I motivate and

inspire women in my life?

Hao Nguyen Leasing Executive Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Sydney Oslund Senior Associate Vancouver, Canada

Maria Russo-Fama Director, Strategy & Enablement Sydney, Australia

I believe creating opportunities to develop skills and talents, either through mentorship, educational resources or networking events is crucial to empower women to expand their capabilities. Establishing these opportunities as part of Canada’s WIN chapter has been a very fulfilling experience, enabling an inspiring environment to celebrate each other’s professional and personal growth and achievements.

By showcasing their value and position, and helping them appreciate what they have contributed to their lives, family and themselves. Helping them level up to be the best, most authentic version of themselves they can be.

Influencing and encouraging allies is crucial in motivating and inspiring the women in my life. I strive to be a supportive and encouraging presence, leading by example and celebrating their achievements.


How do I motivate and

inspire women in my life?

Barbara Koreniouguine Country Head France

Nijsje Venrooy Consultant, Industrial & Logistics Amsterdam, Netherlands

Beverly Brown-Edwards Chief Engineer Chicago, USA

I think it’s very important to dedicate time to young female talent and help them to have more confidence and trust in their capacity. For the last 20 years, I have been involved in the French Association for Women in Real Estate. I established and lead WIN in EMEA, and hope this helps to create awareness and deliver better results in gender equity in all geographies.

In any successful sports team, each player brings a unique set of skills, strengths and perspectives to the field. Just as a team comprised solely of forward players would lack balance and versatility, so too does a team thrive when it embraces the diversity and individuality of its members. As such, I encourage women to embrace who we are as individuals—celebrating our differences rather than seeking conformity. Just as a soccer team benefits from the diverse talents of its players, so too do organizations thrive when they cultivate an environment that values and respects the unique contributions of each member.

By telling them: “Who you are, what you do and what you have to offer are valuable. So, don’t let anyone minimize you by making you believe your gifts are not special, or you’re not supposed to be where you are.”


If I was retiring today,

what is the legacy I wish to leave?

Erika Mae Adorable People Communications Advisor Manila, Philippines

Audrey Pelletier Senior Consultant, Paris Leasing Office Agency Paris, France It seems so unreal to think about retirement today! But if I were, I hope that I would have made an impact in people’s lives. If I could have inspired even one person before making a big decision, even without knowing it, it would be very rewarding.

Rosanna Tang Executive Director, Head of Business Development Services & Head of Research Hong Kong Through my research career of almost 20 years, I wish my analyses to be a powerful voice that drives industry change by sharing insights and advocating progress. I hope to leave a lasting impact that contributes to a better world.

I’d like to leave with a legacy of helping people to find out their purpose of being, and to inspire others to live life with humility, gratitude and emotional intelligence.


If I was retiring today,

what is the legacy I wish to leave?

Zita Timmer-Bozso Senior Surveyor Budapest, Hungary

Aissa Lavalle Bayro Country Manager Lima, Perú

Sandy Romero Research Manager New York, USA

In my personal life, my ideal legacy would be to have positively impacted the lives of the people I crossed paths with. I would like to be remembered as a caring individual who effectively shared my values and nurtured meaningful relationships. Professionally, I would aim to serve as an example for both women and men, showing that we can achieve anything we set our minds to and that the sky is the limit. At the same time, I believe it’s impossible to generate sustainable development without somehow contributing to the community.

I was the first person in my entire family to go to college, and it was inspirational for other women in my family. That’s part of the legacy that I’m leaving behind—that education matters and building your dreams around hard work is what gets you there. Most of my nieces have received their degrees or are in the process of working on it, and I’m so proud of the path they have taken.

As I contemplate retirement today, I’m profoundly proud of the legacy I’ve built through hard work and dedication in real estate. Without formal university courses available in Hungary, I embraced practical learning, mastering the intricacies of real estate through hands-on experience. If I can keep up this progress and level of eagerness, I would be happy to retire.


What is the greatest lesson

I have learned?

Life isn’t always fair, but you have to make the most of what has been put in front of you. My youngest son was diagnosed with an intellectual disability at two years of age, and at the time I thought it was the worst thing that had happened to me, but now, looking back, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Anna Town Head of Business Development Services, APAC & EMEA, Sydney, Australia

Nasrin Bibi HR Business Partner London, United Kingdom

Shauna Thompson Director, ERG & External Partnerships New York, USA

Not everyone will understand you or like you, and that’s OK.

One poignant piece of advice that a professor in college shared with me is “always compare myself to myself rather than comparing myself to others.” This resonated with me so deeply and still does today. These words of wisdom inspired me to embrace every facet of who I am authentically and focus intently on evaluating personal growth by recalling the evidence of where I’ve been, how far I’ve come, becoming clear about where I want to be and celebrating all of life’s wins great and small along the way.


What is the greatest lesson I have learned?

Take time to enjoy the ride. The journey is just as important as the destination. Place your well-being at the top of your list. You don’t have to be the loudest person in a room to get noticed. Actions do speak louder than words. There are many routes to a destination. Don’t hesitate to explore new paths even if they are unfamiliar. Jennifer Edwards Sr. Content Manager, Corporate Marketing Washington, D.C., USA

I was told I couldn’t have children and became pregnant my last year of engineering school. I was put on bed rest, which came with its own challenges, but I never took a semester off and kept pushing. After I had my daughter, there would be days I’d have to bring her to class with me. I struggled with a new baby, working a full time job and maintaining my academics, but I never gave up! The day I walked across that stage and was handed my degree I shed some tears as I thought back on all of the milestones I had crossed to make it there. Nothing is easy in this life, but with the right mindset you can be ANYTHING! Kelsey Bilbrey Reliability Engineer - Reliability Program Mgr. Indiana, USA

Mia Mends Chief Executive Officer, C&W Services Houston, USA

How to live authentically. It’s taken a lifetime of introspection to deeply understand who I am and what I want. I’m more joyful and feel more fulfilled when I’m in spaces that invite me to be me. It is my authenticity that gives me the clarity to navigate complex situations and the courage to lead according to a sense of purpose and conviction. I’m convinced more than ever that you can’t be a good leader without the self-awareness that comes from knowing yourself.


How has failure

shaped my life?

Amy Taylor International Partner - Leasing Tenant Representation London, United Kingdom Realizing resilience levels and strengths because giving up is not an option! Never seeing failure as the end—it’s a turning point.

The bigger the failure, the more valuable the information that was collected, allowing me to reflect on why something failed, think differently about a situation and the role I played, and test my resilience through a wilingness to keep going. The worst failures in my life have been followed by some of my proudest accomplishments, and while rebounding is not always immediate, looking back it was always worthwhile. Brittany Hicks Sr. Manager, DEI Governance Chicago, USA

Salumeh Companieh Chief Digital & Information Officer Boston, USA

My journey through life has been a tapestry woven with diverse threads, each contributing to the person I am today. From my formative years as a child growing up amidst the tumult of war to the challenge of immigration and adapting to a foreign culture, and eventually, my career in supply chain and manufacturing strategic consulting, which presented its fair share of demanding situations to navigate. At every stage, I’ve encountered failures—setbacks that could have easily derailed me. Yet, I’ve made a conscious choice, one that requires constant practice, to regard failure as a context for future endeavors. I encourage everyone to reconsider their perception of failure within different time frames. In the present moment, it might sting as a failure, but in the grander scheme of things, it transforms into a valuable lesson. It’s a mindset shift that empowers us to carry these lessons forward, using them as stepping stones on our journey toward personal and professional growth.


in the future? What am I most excited for

As a mother to an 11-year-old daughter, I love that she shows an interest in my job and gets an understanding of how varied our sector can be with no day the same. I am proud of how as female leaders we can empower the next generation and through example show how brilliant and dynamic we truly are! Patricia Staunton Regional Director, Cushman & Wakefield Galway, Ireland

Natalie Craig Managing Director, C&W Services Singapore

Laura Danzig Head of ESG & Sustainability Barcelona, Spain

I’m excited for the unknown! I’ve learned over various challenges in my life not to plan too much or too far ahead. In doing that, I’ve been open to amazing new experiences—like moving to Singapore and leading an Integrated Facilities Management business. These are things I never would have imagined or expected.

Tomorrow, logging into Teams, stepping into the office and helping a member of my team make a positive impact they are inspired by. Also, the views from the next incredible mountain I get to climb on my bike :)


in the future? What am I most excited for

Zainab Aminuddin Sustainability Engineer Singapore

Life’s a choose-your-own-adventure book, and I’m skipping ahead to the thrilling unknown. Successes, setbacks, plot twists, who knows what awaits? But one thing’s for sure, I’m turning the page with a smile! Sydney Chun Senior Manager - Tenant Advisory Group Seoul, South Korea

Lola Del Pino Data Recorder Madrid, Spain

In the realm of Sustainability, innovation and technology is limitless. I’m excited for how the future will be shaped and prosper with more women in STEM!

Now in “the first world” things are taken for granted that were not a given a few years ago, such as women driving, having a bank account, working… we can see the changes that are developing in our society to make it more equal but there is still a long way to go. I am excited thinking that future generations of women and men can reap the fruits of our efforts and continue sowing to make it possible.


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