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YLG New York: Charting Your Career Course

Picture SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Reported by Genevieve Lee, ULI New York Young Leaders Group

On September 15, 2011, the Young Leaders Group of ULI NY attended a panel discussion concerning how emerging professionals in real estate can develop a long-lasting career in today’s uncertain economy. Moderated by Anthony LoPinto, Global Sector Leader of Real Estate at Korn/Ferry International, the panel offered practical and insightful advice drawn from personal success and years of expertise.

Susan Chapman, Senior VP of Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement at American Express, encouraged young leaders to take initiative in shaping the progression of their careers and personal development. With a background in city planning and having to make a transition in her career, Susan proactively and precisely clarified her long-term plans, distinctively setting them apart from roles that she felt did not contribute to her future and were “already chosen for her.”

As Chief Investment Officer at George Comfort & Sons, Robert Deckey carved out a role that was previously not established. Beginning his development career in small acquisitions, he shaped his role in the company and now oversees over $4 billion in commercial assets. Robert suggested taking advantage of joining companies that were not as well-known or as established and creating one’s own role.

Rachel Loeb had come from extensive and varied experience in master planning and consulting. She finds herself in her current role as Director of Development at the Worldwide Group, because she defined her long-term goal of utilizing highest and best use practice. She emphasized the importance of creating and nurturing relationships in the workplace.

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