I am a woman – I am a wife – I am a BFF – I am a daughter – I am a mom – I am an Oma (grandmother) – and yes, I am also a Commercial Real Estate Executive. I wear many titles, each with a different meaning and priority in my life.
In May, I was asked to moderate a panel featuring Women in Commercial Real Estate to provide a platform for panelists to share how they got their start in the business and what we do to remain relevant in an industry largely occupied by men in khakis and blue blazers. The panel included a customer/female developer (Catherine Stokes,) an executive from Fannie Mae (Meera Singh) and three ladies from M&T – Joanie Wilson, she heads up RCC’s Agency Affordable Underwriting Team and two top loan officers – Sandy DeFelice and Andrea Wagonseller – both named to the 2021 Presidents Club for excellence in Commercial Real Estate.
We spent an hour discussing how we got into the business, our personal brand, the best pieces of advice we’ve received throughout our careers and shared thoughts about how to encourage more females to get engaged in commercial real estate. Our lively discussion could’ve run on for hours more, and perhaps we will have another opportunity to meet again and continue the conversation.
If you have questions or interest in a career – ask someone – you will likely get some valuable advice. Mine would be “Never back away from the opportunity to learn something hard and continue to challenge yourself … you are stronger than you think!”
-Christine Chandler, Chief Credit Officer and Chief Operating Officer, M&T Realty Capital Corporation
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