conferences and often personally sponsors professionals topursue industry distinctions. A mentor to hundreds of women,she continues to break down barriers and launch careers.
Upon being told many years ago thatwomen could not handle the business, Claire Roberts worked relentlessly to launch a career in the industry to meet the challenge. Starting asa broker, Roberts now serves as VP ofColliers MN. As a brokerage expertand a trusted advisor, she works diligently to ensure that women can overcome industry barriers and accessgreat opportunities through tenacityand persistence. She offers women a voice through formal andinformal mentorship programs. She partners with college realestate clubs and CREW Network to secure job opportunities,provide in-depth guidance, and help the industry be not onlyinclusive, but welcoming.
As a strong female executive, JenniferRobison excels in her role as SVP andchief accounting officer at PhillipsEdison & Co., where she oversees allaspects of the firm’s accounting functions. Through passion, extensiveexpertise and exceptional leadershipskills, her work leads to better outcomes for individuals, both professionally and personally. Taking pridein the growth of her team, Robisonemploys a holistic approach to mentoring; focusing on development through training and community building. She assisted indeveloping the firm’s networking opportunity for women program dedicated to recruiting, as she helps advance the nextgeneration of industry leaders.
BARRIE D. SCARDINA
From an early age, Barrie Scardinaheld a passion for helping women,minorities and LGBTQ+ communitymembers advance in the workplace.Promoting diversity and inclusion,she identifies individual values andfosters confidence through kindnessand compassion. As executive managing director and head of retail,Americas at Cushman & Wakefield,Scardina leverages her expertise tobuild relationships and help professionals succeed. Throughher ongoing devotion to mentorship, she works to empowerindividuals and change lives for the better. While involved withthe firm’s women’s integrated network, she creates and sponsors additional inclusion programs; providing developmentopportunities through her unending loyalty, innate ability toinspire and authentic devotion to serving others.
Through her tenacity and engineer-
ing skills, Corie Spankowski sets a
high bar for operational excellence in
her role as director of operations at
ARCO/Murray. While supporting
associates in executing national con-
struction projects, Spankowski pro-
vides career guidance
and serves as a
mentor to pro-
within her division. She developed and
currently oversees the firm’s onboarding
process; encompassing a six-month train-
ing platform and mentorship program. She
spearheads monthly calls to unite women across the organiza-
tion and was the driving force behind the firm’s first annual
Women in Construction panel and event. Continually building
careers, Spankowski holds the distinct ability to tap into others’
strengths and help them succeed.
Upon observing very few women executives at industry meetings, KarenTepera founded Women AssetManagers for top multifamily femaleleaders. The now global organizationand educational summit connects,uplifts and nurtures powerful womenin real estate; allowing them to shareskills and experiences. Under Tepera’sleadership, the organization inspiresdiversity and inclusion and promotesintentional career choices among leaders and companies.
Responsible for Greystar’s business development as managingdirector of client services for Central North US, Tepera additionally conducts weekly interviews to continually assist professionalsin finding industry positions. She has also founded numerousinternal initiatives and programs to benefit interns with professional opportunities and educate students on the industry.
As VP of business development andcorporate communications for C.W.
Driver Cos., Jennifer Vasquez leads byexample as an active advocate for heremployees. She holds a deep passionfor mentoring and educating the nextgeneration of construction leaders;often sharing her personal story andlessons learned to inspire industry up-and-comers. She engages with youngprofessionals to help them achievegoals and encourages them to take control of their careers byidentifying strengths and mapping out individual plans. Sheencourages all professionals to lean on mentors to rise to theirbest self, and she provides lessons in leadership and strategicthinking through various organizations.