Starting out as one of the first women brokers at Baker Tilly, Barbara McDuffie now
serves as a managing partner. As the first
female chairman at NAIOP, McDuffie currently resides in numerous leadership roles
within industry organizations. In addition
to her professional affiliations, McDuffie
often poses the question, “how can I help?”
leading her to be a worthy mentor, advocate and networker. McDuffie works as a co-chair with the
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, raising
more than $3.2 million, and is involved with countless organizations, including Women for Women International. As a trailblazer
and a thriving partner in commercial real
estate, McDuffie is truly motivated by goodwill and other people’s success.
Rainey Shane looks to make the world a
better place. As VP and adaptive reuse
director at JLL, Shane sees a hopeless,
crumbling building, and views an opportunity for preservation and growth.
Shane’s transformative work does not stop at real estate. There is
not a cause that Shane has not served graciously; from human
trafficking and gender equality, to wildlife conservation and disabled professionals. Shane is a second lieutenant in the Civil Air
Patrol, a nonprofit organization of the US Air Force, and is currently planning to hike Mount Kilimanjaro to help end homelessness. She is a selfless volunteer and an advocate for change and
President of real estate management
services at Colliers, Karen Whitt’s opinion and insight is sought-after and
highly-regarded. As a business leader,
Whitt is instrumental in the success of
many organizations, including CRE,
IREM, BOMA and Shelters to Shutters.
She is a founding member of the
Virginia Tech Program in Real Estate,
which helps students pursue the industry. Whitt is the treasurer of Lucky Dog Rescue where she has been a foster parent
to more than 400 puppies and she possesses a passion for
gender equality on the board of directors for CREW. She is a
role model not only to her family, but her colleagues and
friends as well.
Kim Ford saw a need and filled it. Just this
year, she founded a platform called Coeo,
which quickly connects people to move-in
ready commercial spaces in the market
they desire using a custom match algorithm. On the website, people can effortlessly find turn-key co-working spaces, spec
suites, subleases, shared spaces and more.
With more than 20 years in the industry,
Ford saw a need for this technology and acted fast to improve the
industry from a time consuming, disruptive process. Within one
month of launching, she grew her platform to offer more than 1. 5
million square feet of space across 20 US markets.
As head of special projects, operational
excellence at QuadReal, Toronto, Cheryl
Gray supports initiatives and seeks innovative technology. She compares technology and real estate to sustainability and
the environment; strongly believing in
the power of technology aiding greenhouse gas reporting, energy management, monitoring asbestos and more. At
QuadReal, Gray leads teams to provide sustainability and environmental safety expertise. Determined to ensure each building’s future, she implements products to help real estate managers and improve the tenant experience.
Jessica Harrison provides a whole new
level of insights for Berkadia as VP of data
science and analytics. Working daily with
internal scientists and developers, as well
as external clients, Harrison is able to provide fresh data insights and services. Upon
managing Berkadia’s data center for years,
Harrison built an enterprise database by
combining contrasting data sources to
provide “unprecedented insights” for the company. She is now
reliable for creating and finding new ways to leverage data for the
company to drive client value.
Jilliene Helman is the CEO of
RealtyMogul, a platform that provides
investors with curated commercial real
estate opportunities through in-depth
insights and data. The website offers
investors “full visibility” and vets each deal
through a data driven process. Helman
sits on the investment committee and
manages the technology team at
RealtyMogul, focusing on building software to manage investors
and identify real estate opportunities. She is a pioneer in real
estate crowdfunding, closing on more than $400 million in
online investments and one of the few female fund managers in
commercial real estate.