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Big Risks Bring Big Rewards For DFW Women Leading Real Estate

This year, Bisnow’s annual Dallas-Fort Worth Women Leading Real Estate event highlights the industry’s rising stars, the ones who “take huge risks in an effort to grow,” in the words of one of our honorees.

Whether they started their own shop, have risen through the ranks of an established company, made a name as a champion of diversity and inclusion or sustainability, or are an all-around industry innovator, these 20 influential leaders from all sectors of the commercial real estate world are an integral part of DFW’s explosive growth.

This year’s cohort celebrates developers, personnel professionals, women in financial services, and sales and leasing dynamos. It also highlights women making a name for themselves in operations and asset management as well as those redefining construction, engineering, architecture and design.

All of them have done so in a changing but still male-dominated industry, especially at the boardroom and executive levels. Women made up 23.5% of the highest-ranking executives at the country's largest commercial real estate firms, according to Bisnow’s most recent industry analysis in 2021.

“When you spend a large part of your life at work, you want to feel that sense of accomplishment and to feel like you’re leaving a legacy,” 2022 honoree Aarica Mims of KDC Real Estate Development and Investments said. “I want the women who come behind me to see that the sky is the limit for what they can achieve.”

This year’s DFW rising stars, profiled below, will be honored at a Nov. 10 event that will recognize their achievements while promoting the importance of employing and developing viable career paths for women in CRE via education, networking and resources for professional development.

— Olivia Lueckemeyer, Dallas-Fort Worth reporter

October 19, 2022
Granite Properties Development Manager Estrella Carter +
Angela Crum, CallisonRTKL associate principal and senior interior designer +
JLL Senior Vice President of Agency Leasing Ashley Curry +
Adolfson & Peterson Construction Director of Project Operations, Operational Process and Risk Maureen Durbin +
Hart Commercial Managing Partner Allison Johnston Frizzo +
Elizabeth Herman Fulton, CBRE senior associate of urban retail brokerage +
Goldman Sachs Head of Americas Real Estate Portfolio Management Katie Hashem +
Streetlight Residential Vice President of Engagement Rachel Koonsman +
ARCO/Murray principal and design-build general contractor Lauren Ladowski +
Vision Commercial Real Estate Director Molly MacEwan +
Younger Partners broker Tanja McAleavey +
KDC Real Estate Development & Investments Senior Vice President and Director of Leasing Aarica Mims +
Stream Realty Partners Senior Vice President of Industrial Brokerage Sarah Ozanne +
Innovan Neighborhoods founder and Managing Partner Maggie Parker +
Paslay Group associate principal of real estate development Andrea Payne +
OTJ Architects Dallas principal and Studio Director Aarohi Pilankar +
TIG Associate Vice President Natalia Prescott +
KeyBank Vice President and senior mortgage banker Amber Rao +
The Rainier Cos. Equity Relationship Leader Rachael Turin +
HP Engineering Inc. Vice President and Regional Engineering Manager Emily Waldenmeyer +