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Women in Commercial Real Estate, Equality or Not?

What better time to consider whether society is treating women as equals than shortly after the first woman has been nominated for president by a major political party. No matter your political affiliation or leanings, it’s exciting to see how far women have come in our society. But are they treated equally and given the same opportunities as their male counterparts?

Every five (5) years, CREW Networks conducts a study, in collaboration with MIT, measuring the progress of women in commercial real estate. This study looks at the changes from the perspective of “specialization, compensation and career achievement” and tracks changes over the last 10 years. While the study answers many questions and the information provided can help guide all those in commercial real estate, it raises many questions that we will endeavor to answer in this show.

Our panel will consist of some of the top women in commercial real estate, including, Gail Ayers, CREW Network CEO, Laurie Baker, current President of CREW Network and Senior Vice President of Fund & Asset Management for Camden Property Trust and Holly Neber, President of AEI Consultants, CREW Network Board Member.

This was a live, interactive show and will be posted shortly as a fully edited version. Come back to see it in full.


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CEO of CREW Network and Director of CREW Network Foundation PresidentGail Ayers

Gail has led CREW Network over the last 11 years which has become one of the most important and resilient organizations in commercial real estate.

“Gail’s visionary leadership and her ability to take big ideas and turn them into actionable initiatives will continue to have a long and lasting impact on the commercial real estate industry,” said Laurie Baker, Senior Vice President of Fund & Asset Management at Camden Property Trust and 2016 CREW Network President. “She has been a leading voice in promoting the benefits of diversity and gender equality, which ultimately leads to better decision making and overall success for organizations and the industry.”

Laurie Baker/ LinkedIn
Senior Vice President of Fund & Asset Management & Current National President CREW NetworkLaurie Baker

If you haven’t met Laurie Baker yet, don’t worry – you will meet her at an event soon. With a personality the size of Texas and a presence on many industry boards, Laurie is the person to know in the multi-family industry. Laurie earned her Masters of Finance from George Washington University and enjoyed nine years working in DC. She may be the only person that did “real work” inside The Beltway. At Camden, as Senior Vice President of Fund and Asset Management, Laurie uses her background in marketing, operations, and technology to maximize Camden’s real estate value and build strong business partnerships.

Laurie has a reputation for working late but she always makes time for her family. Whether it’s chilling on Lake Livingston or skiing in Colorado, Laurie along with her husband, Chris, and her two children, makes sure to enjoy every day. And, on Sundays – well Sundays are for Texans football.

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CEO, AEI Consultants and CREW Network board member and co-liaison to the Industry Research CommitteeHolly Neber

Holly is responsible for the day-to-day operations of AEI, building on the company’s reputation for responsiveness and quality consulting to further grow the company and its relationships with both clients and industry partners. Holly has worked in environmental consulting since 1996, serving with AEI since 1999.Holly’s project management and technical background allows her to bridge technical and business considerations in her role. Holly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and a Masters of Education. Holly provides client training and seminars on ASTM standards and managing environmental risk. Holly is a Board member of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network, Past President (2014) and current board member of East Bay CREW, Vice President of the National Engineering and Environmental Due Diligence Association (NEEDDA), and chairs the News Task Group as an affiliate member of the Environmental Bankers Association (EBA). Holly was named among RealShare’s California Women of Influence in 2015.

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