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Power Women: Entrepreneur Lynn Dowdle Dreamed Of A Career In Acting, But CRE Is Entertaining Enough

This limited series profiles DFW Power Women who have made their mark in the Dallas-Fort Worth commercial real estate industry. Each of the women profiled will be honored at Bisnow's Dallas-Fort Worth Power Women event Nov. 12. 

Dowdle Real Estate founder and President  Lynn Dowdle dreamed of being an actress in her youth. But now as an entrepreneur running her own commercial real estate firm, she is taking on so many high-powered roles, the actress life is going to have to wait. 

A veteran and top producer with SRS Real Estate Partners (formerly Staubach), Dowdle braved the world of entrepreneurship, launching her own firm in January 2011. Her firm's success means no looking back. 

Dowdle now has her own stage, and she is thriving on it. 

Lynn Dowdle (second from right) with her family celebrating her grandchild's first birthday.

Bisnow: What did you dream of becoming as a child? How does your current career feed that inner child inside of you? 

Dowdle: I dreamed of being a famous actress or singer. Not to say it was a total dream, but the fact is I can’t carry a note and I have promised not to quit my day job pursuing acting. But one can dream. 

Bisnow: If you could teach women growing in the industry today just one thing, what would it be?   

Dowdle: Remember to always be you! Have a point of difference and don’t forget — there is no one on this earth like you! The world rewards authenticity so be more of you — every day. Work hard and know that good things are coming your way. That’s a promise.

Lynn Dowdle (center) with her daughter, Kelly, and son, Joe.

Bisnow: Who inspires you on a daily basis and why?  

Dowdle: I always notice kindness and I value its power, so I am inspired by kindness.

Bisnow: What is your biggest career failure and what positive lessons did it teach you?   

Dowdle: As I look back, I don’t see failure. I see opportunities to learn and grow. Sure — we all have things we would have done differently but why call them failures?  I love Maya Angelou’s quote — “When we know better, we do better.”

Bisnow: Describe your greatest career accomplishment.   

Dowdle: With all due respect — surviving and thriving in what is still a male-dominated world.

Honor Lynn Dowdle and other women shaping Dallas-Fort Worth at the Dallas Power Women event Nov. 12.