In honor of International Women’s Day, CREW member Savannah Durban was interviewed by her company, Cushman & Wakefield, about the role of women in the commercial real estate industry and how she #PressesforProgress. Savannah Durban is the Communications Specialist for Cushman & Wakefield’s Atlanta office, and is a member of CREW’s Communications Committee.
Why do you work here at Cushman & Wakefield and not somewhere else?
Cushman & Wakefield is a true leader in the commercial real estate industry, from the way our full-service platform works to the unique and groundbreaking research we are compiling to our unparalleled expertise. My boss, Rob Stuart, is easily one of the best I have ever had, and having a boss that you truly like and respect is a huge plus. He encourages personal growth and creativity in the work that I do and has been incredibly supportive.
What solution, achievement, or moment is the best example of your passion while either working at Cushman & Wakefield or in your personal life, or both?
Being named President of Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders for this year was a tremendous honor. I approached my Managing Principal, John O’Neill, with several ideas last fall and he was about to see my passion for wanting to make this organization the best it can be. I believe it’s incredibly important to be passionate about where you work, and that it’s everyone’s duty to help create the kind of environment they want to work in. For me, that was one where the young professionals in the office would get to know each other on a personal and professional level and support one another. Why is diversity important in the workplace? If every employee in an organization is the same race or gender, it’s hard for innovation to occur. Each person comes from a different background and can offer a unique perspective based on their experiences. Companies that don’t seek to diversify are missing a tremendous opportunity to provide value through comprehensive insight.
What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?
The best career advice I have received is to know your worth. It’s important to understand your skill set, expertise and what you bring to the table that differentiates you. Knowing your worth gives you the confidence to see yourself as a valuable asset. If you are working for a company that doesn’t see your worth, it’s time to move on.
How do you #PressforProgress?
I #PressforProgess by encouraging other women and young professionals to speak up. You have a voice and there’s never been a better time to use it!
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