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Judith Wendell Sacred Currents President Year joined: 1996 Client list spans corporations, retailers, spas, restaurants and residential homeowners.

Debra Wollens Cassidy Turley Vice President Year joined: 2004 Clients include YMCA, New York Restoration Project and New York School Construction Authority.

Laura Yablon Rapaport L&L Holding Company Vice President; Co-Head of Capital Raising Year joined: 2010 Part of the 425 Park Avenue senior development team.

Amira Yunis CBRE Executive Vice President in CBRE’s Retail Services Group Year joined: 2011 Represented NYU in bringing Trader Joe’s to its first New York location on 14th Street.

Amy Zhen Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Associate Year joined: 2010 Has leased over 100,000 square feet of retail space.

Karen Wiedenmann Cushman & Wakefield Executive Director, Capital Markets Year joined: 2002 Executive director of capital markets for Cushman & Wakefield.

Mei Wong Massey Knakal Realty Services Associate Year joined: 2011 Performs translation work in both Cantonese and Mandarin and research in Chinatown and the Lower East Side.

Kamani Yanez Quest Workspaces Regional Vice President Year joined: 2008 Known as a mover and shaker in various business communities.

Esther Zar Murray Hill Properties Managing Director Year joined: 2009 Has completed over 1 million square feet of office and retail leasing and sales transactions.

Danielle Zimbaro Cushman & Wakefield Senior Director, Brokerage Year joined: 2001 Received the Real Estate Board of New York’s “Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year” award in 2005.

Mavis Wiggins TPG Architecture Studio Design Director Year joined: 2010 Recipient of the IIDA Lester Dundes Award.

Barbara Winter Jones Lang LaSalle Executive Vice President Year joined: 1985 Clients include Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Insight Venture Partners and Continuum Health Partners.

Janet Woods Jones Lang LaSalle Executive Vice President Year joined: 2001 Clients include Institute for Community Living, the American Red Cross and the Simons Foundation.

Brittany Wunsch Jones Lang LaSalle Associate Year joined: 2011 Clients include Uber Technologies, Perry Ellis and Mackenzie Childs.


Marcia Yawitz Eastern Consolidated Senior Director Year joined: 2000 Has completed several billion dollars in sales.

Susi Yu Forest City Ratner Companies Senior Vice President, Residential Development Year joined: 2001 Working on the development of the first residential building at Atlantic Yards.

“There isn’t a person in our industry I don’t value and respect” —Lori Shabtai, executive vice president, Winick Realty Group

Ann Zeller Eastern Consolidated Chief Marketing Officer Year joined: 2006 Has over 20 years of experience as a marketing expert.

METHODOLOGY: On Wednesday, November 28, The Commercial Observer sent an email out to more than 100 real estate professionals, seeking names and headshots of female professionals for its first annual Women in Real Estate issue. In an attempt to create as comprehensive a list of female professionals as possible, we asked only that all submissions include head shots and several pieces of information, including each person’s title, number of years with their current employer and a few biographical notes. As a result, over the next eight days, we received submissions not only from direct employers, but from peers and colleagues alike. We also received names from all areas of the real estate industry, including legal practices, accounting firms, architects, the ownership community and, of course, New York City’s vast expanse of commercial brokerage companies. With these prerequisites in mind, the preceding pictorial should not be considered an accurate reflection of a company’s gender equation as much as a snapshot of the city’s commercial real estate industry as of December 2012. Indeed, some companies chose to sit out this exercise altogether while others took pains to submit entire rosters of female employees.