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Gender diversity has taken center stage in recruiting efforts for commercial real estate companies, and today, more and more leaders are looking for ways to increase the presence of female professionals in the industry. According to Nadine Watt, president of Watt Cos. and an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for 2018, flexible work schedules and mentorship programs are key to the effort. Watt sat down with us for an exclusive interview to talk about gender diversity and what Watt Cos. is doing to participate in creating more opportunities for women.

GlobeSt.com: How have you seen gender diversity in the commercial real estate industry change during your career?

Nadine Watt: There hasn’t been a great deal of change during my career in real estate.  Property management and asset management continue to be a bastion for women in the industry, while finance and development have typically been more male dominated. Unfortunately, there has not been a great deal of crossover.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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