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JUN 2018

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Muir-Sands Kaiser the leader June 2018 19 Fulbright background, as they see things very differently. A great coach or mentor can really help you navigate the more difficult situations and issues that can arise day to day and, as a result, help you grow and develop as a person." Muir-Sands also recognizes the need to serve as a model for her children. "If you ask me what my personal inspiration and motivation are then it's my two young girls," she says. "I want them both to grow up and be respected and happy in whatever they choose to do. I hope they will work for and/or with people who respect and value diversity, and that's why I am so passionate about leading by example." As a leader of the real estate division of a Fortune 200 company, Stephanie Fulbright can attest to the importance of the early career nudge that can lead to great things. Fulbright is now vice president, real estate, at The Hartford. She says, "I have always pushed myself and I've had great leaders around who saw that in me, and then helped push me in different, growth-oriented directions. Being able to grow into new, larger roles helps boost your confidence and allows you to achieve things you might not have thought were possible. I didn't start my career in real estate, but because I had a sponsor who thought I could do it, I was given the opportunity to stretch and test myself. That was 11 years ago. Without that push, I would not be where I am today." When she is not heading up global strategy for a first-rate real estate team, Fulbright can be found hitting the slopes in the Rockies. "I'm finally learning to ski, and I'm really enjoying the challenge. And the views from up on the mountain are just breathtaking." Her new hobby seems an apt metaphor for the hard work and achievements in her life. Robyn Kaiser, director of workplace strategy at UnitedHealth Group, is a mentor in the making, and not just in the world of corporate real estate (CRE). In her free time, she competes in triathlons, and she aspires to become an Angel Triathlete – part of a triathlon team that actually runs for children, who can't run on their own, by pushing them in a boat, pulling them in a cart behind a bike, and pushing them in a stroller while running. But in her work life she has found growth through the guidance of others. She says, "I have been lucky to have really good mentors, people who I can go to and trust and have conversations with, who could also provide me really good feedback on where I need to improve. So that's been a big piece of my success as well." Coming from somebody who will quite literally run a triathlon for you, those are words to take to heart. i ncreasing diversity: it's up to us Despite their successes, these women have fared well in a climate where women are a minority. It is no secret that CRE is a profession largely populated by men. And yet, when asked, most of the women say they did not feel held back by the odds against them. "Personally, I would say no. I haven't really experienced that," Mamwa says, then laughs and adds, "But it's possibly a personality thing, to be honest. I'm probably a lot bolder than other people would be around that area. I'm raised the first-born, so I've always had to fend for myself and be the driver to certain decisions. I think maybe that background has helped."

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