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The commercial real estate industry is rapidly becoming more diverse. Not only are women exiting college finding opportunity in the industry, buts successful women from other industries are also making a shift into the CRE space. Courtney Ettus is a prime example. She transitioned from a career in advertising to a role as chief marketing officer at Crexi, and she is sharing her story—and offering advice to others looking to head down a similar path—at the GlobeSt. Elite Women of Influence event in July.

“I come from a non-traditional background, I am not a CRE lifer, having spent my career advertising different businesses across different industries,” Ettus tells GlobeSt.com. “I spent my first decade in fashion marketing, my second decade running global Fortune 500 media businesses working for global ad agencies, and finally finding myself as CMO of start-ups in different industries.”

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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