Jennifer Carey, Association of Real Estate Women President
The woman at the helm of AREW, America’s oldest association for female real estate professionals, is unfazed by the ascendancy of entrepreneurial women. Business savvy practically runs in Jennifer Carey’s blood. “My grandmother and mother were both entrepreneurs,” Ms. Carey said. “My grandma owned a nursing home that she opened after her husband fell ill and was bedridden for most of his adult life. This was the late ’30s, and it was tough. So I didn’t think starting my own business was unique for a woman.” Ms. Carey founded JLC Environmental Consultants Inc. in 1987, when neither green development nor women in real estate were nearly as central to
the industry conversation as they are today. “When a woman starts a firm, she has the freedom to do what she might not have as an employee,” said Ms. Carey. “You can have that ‘buck stops here’ mentality.” Environmentally sound construction and female real estate professionals have ridden parallel tracks to prominence since Ms. Carey entered the business. “Women have risen through the ranks of company hierarchies,” she said. “But we’re still not as represented as our male counterparts.” Ms. Carey is also a realist when it comes to environmental improvements. “The pace is what it is,” she said. “But I’m not disappointed.” Lina Telese will succeed Ms.
Carey as AREW president at the end of the month. But Ms. Carey will continue to give young women in real estate wise advice: “Don’t be pigeonholed; don’t get caught in the pink ghetto. Keep your foot on the pedal and aim high.” —Billy Gray
Ashlea Aaron Cushman & Wakefield, Managing Director, Strategic Agency Services Year joined: 2007 Client list includes Sapir Organization, Equity Office PropertiesMetLife and Metropole Realty Advisors.
Stephanie Aldrink Murray Hill Properties Director Year joined: 2011 Specializes in client needs and works with architects, engineers and attorneys on clients’ behalf.
Courtney Adham Cushman & Wakefield Director, Strategic Agency Services Year joined: 2010 Buildings represented include 40 Wall Street, 77 Water Street, 60 Wall Street and 321 West 44th Street.
Carol Allen RXR Realty Senior Vice President, Marketing Year joined: 1998 Recognized leader and innovator in the strategic marketing of commercial and residential properties.
Azita Aghravi Eastern Consolidated Senior Director; Principal Year joined: 1989 Closed over $1 billion in sales with a focus on multifamily properties.
Ilene Allen Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Director, Human Resources Year joined: 2010 Over 20 years of experience in human resources leadership.
Alisa Amsterdam Cushman & Wakefield Associate Director, Retail Year joined: 2003 Clients include Crate & Barrel, Trader Joe’s, Equinox, Lacoste, Sketchers, Drybar and Federal Express.
Snezana Anderson CBRE Senior Vice President Year joined: 2003 Knowledge of the telecommunications industry.
Kelly Bacon TPG Architecture Director of Business Development and Workplace Strategies Year joined: 2011 Experienced in real estate and design.
Elizabeth Alba CBRE Senior Graphic Designer Year joined: 2006 Creates marketing materials for various departments within CBRE, such as global research, events, tristate and web-marketing.
Emily Allyn Weber Cushman & Wakefield Senior Associate, Brokerage Year joined: 2011 Featured in The Commercial Observer’s 2012 “30 Under 30” issue.
Whitney Anderson Murray Hill Properties Leasing Associate Year joined: 2009 Member of leasing team at 417 Fifth Avenue and 10 West 56th Street, and brokered the sale of 236 Second Avenue.
Jennifer Ashley CBRE Vice President Year joined: 2004 Oversees all marketing strategy operations in the United States, Latin America and Canada.
Ellen Baer Hudson Square Connection President Year joined: 2009 Creating a new neighborhood: Hudson Square.
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