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Bisnow's Denver Women Leading Real Estate Are Forging New Paths In A Growing City

This year, Bisnow’s fourth Denver Women Leading Real Estate event highlights a slew of women who are pushing the boundaries of the commercial real estate world, helping to raise the fortunes of younger generations of real estate professionals and taking charge of a traditionally male-dominated space. 

The 18 women celebrated this year range from project managers and public housing professionals to sustainability experts and developers. The list also highlights women making a name for themselves in luxury leasing, architecture, landscape design and banking. 

All of them have done so in an evolving but still male-dominated industry, especially at the boardroom and executive levels. Women make up 25.6% of the highest-ranking executives at the country's largest commercial real estate firms, according to Bisnow’s 2022 industry analysis.

That is something this year’s honorees aim to change.

“The construction industry has been lacking in female operational leadership for as long as it has been in existence,” Mortenson Senior Vice President Maja Rosenquist said. “I've been able to pave a path for large commercial construction that I hope many women are able to follow in the future.”

Other women like Marsh McLennan Senior Director of Sustainability Shea Jameel shared stories about advocating for their dreams, even when it seemed like the whole world was against them. 

“When I started down this path, I heard a lot of 'nos' when advocating for sustainability,” Jameel said. “I persisted, and now the industry recognizes sustainability initiatives are a must-have to remain relevant.”

Each of the women highlighted here also shared a passion for mentoring young women in real estate and said that supporting one another is one way to make the industry better as a whole. 

“Design needs the perspectives of many, and women and people of color have a critical voice in shaping our cities and community spaces,” Livable Cities Studio President Meredith Wenskoski said. 

This year’s Denver Power Women, profiled below, will be honored at a July 27 event to recognize their achievements and offer attendees education, networking and resources for professional development.

Also among the honorees this year are CBRE Managing Director of Project Management for the Mountain Northwest Laura Kucharczyk, Avison Young principal and industrial services specialist Dawn McCombs, and D.A. Davidson Cos. Managing Director and public finance banker Laci Knowles. 

July 11, 2023
Dimple Manghani, MBH Architects principal for restaurant and retail +
Nicole Laiho, Peak Engineering chief operating officer and principal of structural engineering +
Krista Sprenger, McWhinney executive vice president of commercial and mixed-use development +
Susan Chong, Iconique Real Estate principal broker +
Shea Jameel, March McLennan director of sustainability +
Laura Kucharczyk, CBRE managing director of project management for the Mountain Northwest +
Rebecca Stone, OZ Architecture principal and partner +
Dawn McCombs, Avison Young principal and industrial services specialist +
Maja Rosenquist, Mortenson senior vice president +
Geneva Kowalski, Studio K2 Architecture principal +
Heather Boelens, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP managing partner for commercial real estate +
Meredith Wenskoski, Livable Cities Studio president +
Mina McCullom, SynEnergy LLC president and CEO +
Laci Knowles, D.A. Davidson Cos. managing director and public finance banker +
Karen Landers Zeile, Kentwood Commercial senior commercial advisor +
Angela Fletcher, Denver Housing Authority director of housing management +
Becky Callan Gamble, Dean Callan & Co. president +