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business line staff, she leads recruit-
ing, retention, mentoring, training
and development programs for the
firm. As a respected advisor, advocate
and life coach for her employees, she
offers beneficial mentoring and sup-
port. Leading by example, she directly
impacts young professionals’ career
development and offers invaluable
guidance and counsel for industry
veterans. She seeks ways to empower,
develop and strengthen women, and
serves as a champion for them to take on more leadership roles.
Starting as a temporary receptionist atTranswestern more than 20 years ago,Leah Gallagher is grateful to the mentors that helped her grow and evolvethroughout her career. She strives toreturn the compassion and leadershipthat she once received, by offeringsupport and commitment to eachemployee. Dedicated to her teammembers, she constantly seeks ways toelevate and recognize them as anempowering role-model. As the city leader for Transwestern’sSan Antonio office, Gallagher helps increase the firm’s portfolioand leasing revenue, while leading its Women’s Initiative; connecting and promoting female leaders, and additionally assistingeach employee accomplish goals and grow professionally andpersonally.
As the 2020 president of CREWNetwork, Christine Gorham leads the
12,000-member global organizationto transform the industry and advancethe women within it. She additionallypreviously served as chairman for theCREW Network Foundation; dedicated to mentoring and educatingfemale students on career optionswithin the industry. She has foundednumerous committees and programsdedicated to mentorship and diversity, and she continues toprioritize others’ growth through strategy, education and commitment. As director of development at Caddis Healthcare RealEstate, Gorham oversees executive strategy and client/projectdevelopment for the Southeastregion, while persistently engagingleadership, inspiring women, encouraging skill development and motivating members.
Cathy Janke is equally as dedicated to
her position at Capital One, as she is to
her community involvement and men-
toring. As SVP, Janke serves as the
firm’s sole production originator in
North Texas; having closed more than $20 billion in transactions
throughout her career. She devotes substantial time giving back
to the community by serving on various boards and educating
young professionals. With more than 30 years of banking experi-
ence, she offers a wealth of knowledge to her mentees. Through
her invaluable, extensive work as a respected resource, she posi-
tively impacts others, while developing the next generation of
women in the industry.
DEBORAH S. MCDONOUGHDeborah McDonough’s desire to promote women in the workplace beganearly in her career. As director of taxat Cherry Bekaert LLP, within theaccounting firm’s real estate practice,McDonough not only acts as a technical resource, but she serves as anexpert in her field. She aims to createrelationships, share knowledge andgenerate career opportunities bycoordinating mentorship programs,
providing leadership, developing training initiatives and facilitating growth for colleagues and young professionals.McDonough mentors students by chairing the new career outreach CREW committee, and she additionally serves as an advisor to other mentors; offering frequent guidance on how tohandle coaching issues.
As a lifelong champion for empowering women, Michelle Needles servesas a pioneering voice for genderequality within Colliers International.As SVP of enterprise solutions for thefirm, Needles holds an impressivetrack record as a seasoned transactionprofessional and an admired expert.Furthermore, she co-founded thecompany’s diversity & inclusion program, its mentorship program, thewomen’s business development initiative and more. Throughher work, she offers networking opportunities, mentor pair-ings, training/onboarding, structured guidance and countlessteachable moments. Setting an example as an empowering rolemodel, Needles continues to selflessly dedicate herself to creating opportunities for the advancement of women.
DEBORAH R. PHILLIPS
In addition to her abundance of credentials and accolades as president ofThe Quadrillion, Dr. Deborah Phillipsworks to promote and supportwomen, minorities and underservedpopulations in the industry. Studentsof her class at Georgia Institute ofTechnology refer to her as a champion, a fairy godmother, a fun motiva-tor and a leadership coach. Shefounded the Real Estate Career
Academy as a platform to create industry awareness and offereducational resources. She privately funds women to attend