(November 14) Members of WIRRE (Women in Retail Real Estate) convened at Central Coffee in Rosslyn for a panel discussion on the value of making connections and networking in their field. Panel participants, who were all connected to Rosslyn in some way, included Rosslyn BID President Mary-Claire Burick, Rosslyn BID Development Director Michelle Tierney, JLL Senior General Manager Leigh O. Carter, Good Sweat indoor social-impact cycling studio founder Alessandra Hashemi, and Moderator Jill C. Wilson, vice president of asset management for Indigo Asset Services. These women shared a wide variety of experiences and perspectives with the audience, which included about 30 WIRRE members. The group discussed what networking has meant to them in their career paths and professional success at their organizations. Rosslyn BID President Mary-Claire Burick talked about her approach to networking.
"When you're talking about networking and engagement, you have to decide what that means to you," Burick said. "For me, it means building relationships and intentionally seeking activities or outcomes that are mutually beneficial for diverse stakeholders. This is a big part of what we do here at the Rosslyn BID, whether we're working with a developer, property manager, a resident or a business."
WIRRE is a 30-year-old organization that is a great resource for women working in retail real estate in the D.C. metro region. Its mission is to support the success of women in the retail real estate industry through leadership, education, mentorship and community service. To learn more about membership, visit their website.