How many female brokers do you know?
While you may be able to name a few who’ve done remarkably well—women like Heidi Burkhart, for example—they’re getting harder and harder to find. In the past decade, there’s been a 10% decline in the number of female CRE brokers, according to a study by the CREW Network (PDF).
That loss is troubling, especially given how few women are in the industry to start with. According to NAIOP’s 2013 Commercial Real Estate Diversity Report (PDF), there are:
- 14.1% women at the executive level*
- 21.5% women at the mid level
- 29.5% women at the professional level
- 79.2% women at the clerical level
That’s a shame: these numbers don’t just reflect a loss of female talent at the higher levels, they reflect a massive loss of potential.