In honor of 2021 International Women's Day, our team wants to highlight some of the most influential women owners, dealmakers, creators, and innovators of our industry. Here are the 25 that you need to know. Please join us in recognizing these trailblazers in commercial real estate.

Marissa Limsiaco

Co-founder and President, Otso

We are proud to be a woman-owned and led company with Otso. Marissa has been innovating problems in the industry for almost a decade with a vision to make leasing commercial real estate easy for everyone. In 2019, she was featured in the 'Think Different" category at the Women in PropTech Global Awards for the most creative solution to an old problem for the real estate industry. Marissa is also a West Point graduate, decorated Army combat veteran, and as a Division I athlete she was nominated as NCAA Woman of the Year.

Holly Tachovsky

Co-Founder and CEO, BuildFax

Holly is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of BuildFax, the leading provider of property condition and history insights for globally-recognized insurance, financial and real estate institutions. She has won Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Company Culture award and Austin’s Best Places to Work, while her innovative approach to real estate data prompted her Woman’s Way Woman of the Year/Business of the Year (2018) and Housing Wire’s Woman of Influence (2017) wins. 

Carmela Ma

Founder and CEO, CJM Associates

Carmela is President of CJM Associates, Inc., a California-based company specializing in Real Estate Investment Brokerage, Advisory, and Global Transactions. She was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate 2007” by Real Estate Southern California Magazine. She was awarded “World Top 10 Broker” at the 2008 Real Estate Summit in Taipei. She was awarded by one of the most prestigious international commercial real estate organizations, the CCIM Instructor of the Year 2003, a once in a lifetime award; The People’s Choice Award 2003, and 2006; Senior Instructor of the Year for Financial Analysis in Commercial Real Estate CI-101-CCIM 2001; and CIPS, conferred by the NAR®, and International Instructor of the Year 1998, another once in a lifetime award.

Kim Ford

CEO, Rise Agency Group

Kim has over 20 years of Commercial Real Estate experience exclusively representing businesses in Pittsburgh and over 200 U.S. markets. As an Exclusive Tenant Representative she launched her own commercial real estate brokerage in 2009 (Cresa Pittsburgh), recently rebranded as Rise Pittsburgh. Rise Pittsburgh is a tech-enabled commercial real estate agency focused on providing a world-class professional experience for every client. As former Co- Founder & CEO, Kim helped to build, launch, and scale a software PropTech company, growing it to over 200 US markets. This start-up became part of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) inaugural Reach Commercial Accelerator Program.

Tiffany Ryland

Commercial Real Estate Advisor, Arvo Realty Advisors

Tiffany brings extensive experience in managing people and business operations to the ARVO team. She is mainly responsible for innovative and creative commercial real estate solutions for clients in the small business and corporate sectors. Her vast background, including vendor management experience with CBRE, being mentored by one of the managing directors at Oppenheimer Holdings and an international trade analyst for Georgia Pacific enhances her attention to detail and critical thinking.

Carrie Bobb

Founder and CEO, Carrie Bobb & Co

Carrie Bobb is the founder and CEO of Carrie Bobb & Co. She is a consumer analytics nerd and an expert at driving revenue through digital and brick & mortar leasing strategies. She has successfully merchandised and executed the leasing for some of San Diego's most notable and high-profile retail projects for over 17 years. Carrie has represented landlords such as Asana Partners, Kilroy Realty, Bosa Development, Protea Properties, TRC, Heitman, and Regency Centers. She has completed over $2 billion in total consideration with retailers such as SoulCycle, Cinepolis, Sephora, Blue Bottle Coffee, North Italia, International Smoke, Salt & Straw, Drybar, and several others.

Poonam Mathis

Founder and CEO, Raise

Poonam is a serial entrepreneur, real estate industry veteran and public speaker with a passion for innovating around the built world. Most recently CEO of Raise, she aimed to revolutionize childcare for the future of work. Previously, she founded StealthForce, (the gig economy of real estate; a resource and project management platform for CRE), which was exited in early 2019. Prior to StealthForce, she was Deputy to the Head of Global Real Estate Asset Management at Partners Group AG ($40 bn AUM), and earlier employee 13 at The Gerson Lehrman Group, which was the world's first institutional expert network.

Melissa Alexander

Vice-President, Foundry Commercial

A thought leader in the industry, Alexander and another colleague, Casey Flannery, created an online Twitter chat called #CREchat. Melissa is an industrial real estate professional with more than 14 years of real estate experience with a focus on client representation. During her career, she has been involved in transactions across 20+ states as well as globally. In 2014, became the only female partner at Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors in Memphis, TN. In 2020, she was named Among 2020 Women of Influence by GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum.

Casey Flannery

Senior Associate, Cushman & Wakefield

Casey is a commercial real estate broker with Cushman & Wakefield specializing in office landlord representation in Memphis, Tennessee. She is also co-founder and creator of #CREchat - a monthly Twitter chat she hosts with Melissa Alexander along with their guest hosts each month. In 2020, she was named to Ken Ashley's list of Top Commercial Real Estate Influencers on Twitter, coming in at #2 out of 150.

Yvonne Stafford

Founder and Managing Partner, Nation Equities Fund LLC

Yvonne is a New York-based private equity company with a focus on real estate and Wholistic Wellness. With over thirty years of participation in the real estate industry, she has earned a solid reputation for serving clients as a Trusted Advisor* and strategic partner in developing and implementing creative solutions to projects. Ms. Stafford has received numerous honors for her community participatid b. on and Small Business and Health Advocacy.

Sydney Phillips

Founder and CEO, Zukurri

Sydney is a commercial real estate investor, developer, and disruptor changing the places we live, work and play in through spatial computing (AR/VR/XR). Zukurri enables you to envision together, secure approvals, acquire funding, pre-lease properties, design better, and mitigate risk. She is a real estate, tech & social entrepreneur with a passion and purpose for creating the future. By the way, Sydney won the Young Female Entrepreneur Of The Year In 2020 Stevie Awards For Women In Business.

Susie Algard

Executive Chair of the Board,

Susie Algard is the founder of, a platform that helps tenants find office space and connect with local brokers in their area. She drives the company’s vision, strategy and growth. Prior to, she was a senior executive and founding team member at In 2017, Susie was accepted into the Forbes Real Estate Council, an invitation-only community for executives in the real estate industry.

Nikki Greenberg

Founder, Women in Proptech

Nikki is a futurist and thought-leader for the real estate industry. She helps real estate owners, investors and developers to build a better future by making their assets future-ready. She currently leads Women in PropTech the leading global PropTech education and networking organization, which she founded in 2018. She has received numerous honours and accolades for her work and is a frequent contributor in the media.

Michelle Wogan

Executive Vice-President, Transwestern

Michelle has been a Top 10 broker in the real estate industry for the majority of her career and in 2011 she was the top woman producer at Transwestern nationally and was voted one of the top 15 women in real estate in Houston, TX. She is a recognized business leader in the North Houston submarket, serving as Chairman of the Board for the North Houston Management District since October 2013. Since 2004, Michelle’s team completed over 1000 lease transactions equal to over 10 million SF valued in excess of $1.2 billion in Houston

Anne Hanyak

Co-Founder, CREW

Anne has long been passionate about advancing women in leadership. She was a founding member and served as the second President of Arizona Commercial Real Estate Women.  Recognizing the benefits of a national organization, she was one of the driving forces and principal architects behind the creation and formation of the now 11,000 member, international CREW Network and served as its President. Anne was a commercial real estate attorney at a 150-member law firm in Phoenix, where she became the second female Equity Partner and the first female Hiring Partner in the firm’s history. 

Caren Maio

Co-Founder and President, Funnel Leasing

Caren Maio is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Funnel Leasing (formerly Nestio), the industry's leading leasing and marketing software for multifamily professionals. Prior to starting the company, Caren lent her business expertise to corporate sales positions at powerhouse brands Nike and The Wall Street Journal. She has been named one of the 3 Female Entrepreneurs to Look Out For by Metro, one of the 15 Women to Watch in Tech by, and won the Leading Entrepreneur award with Women in PropTech in 2019..

Linda Day Harrison

Founder, BrokerList

Linda founded to create efficiency and streamlined operations for the commercial real estate industry, property and facility management, leasing, and brokerage. She brings more than 30 years of professional commercial real estate experience to theBrokerList. Her vast expertise includes commercial leasing and commercial and residential property management, repositioning, and marketing for the disposition of commercial properties and receiverships.

Kenisha Robnett

Executive Vice President, RE-MAX Commercial

Kenisha is a 2020 "GlobeSt, Broker of the Year- Tenant Rep" & recognized as a "Woman of Influence in CRE". In 2019 she was the Connect Media "Woman in Commercial Real Estate Award" recipient, recognized as a National Leader in the Industry. She is a CCIM Jr. CI-103 Instructor, a CCIM GA Chapter Officer, Speaker and she trains & develops new agents in the Industry. She serves in her community, and over 10% of her commissions are donated to local & international charities. Kenisha is truly blessed to be a blessing, and considers it an honor to serve in the capacity of Commercial Real Estate. 

Beth Azor

Founder, Azor Advisory Services

Beth also has over thirty years of experience in managing, developing, redeveloping and teaching commercial real estate leasing agents all over the country. Affectionately known as "The Canvassing Queen™", Beth is the founder and owner of Azor Advisory Services, a commercial real estate advisory and investment firm based in South Florida. She owns and manages 6 shopping centers in Florida, and travels the country consulting with, and training associates in the commercial real estate industry.

Ellen Israel

Executive Managing Director, JRT Realty Group

In her 30 year career, Ellen has worked for some of the largest institutional and entrepreneurial real estate organizations and has sat on every side of a negotiating table. She has executed transactions totaling over 25 million square feet of sales and leasing on behalf of owners, investors, and tenants. JRT Realty is the largest certified M/WBE Woman-Owned Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Company in the country.

Deena Zimmerman

Vice President, SVN Chicago Commercial

Deena Zimmerman is an award-winning commercial real estate broker and Vice President at SVN Chicago Commercial, bringing enthusiasm and expertise to each client that she represents. She offers each of her clients personalized service and expertise on location, space, and lease/purchase options and is a trusted resource in the Chicago market. Deena specializes in finding high quality retail and mixed use sites throughout Chicagoland and the Country for developers, investors, national operators, franchisees, and first-time entrepreneurs.

Barbi Reuter

CEO and Chairman, Picor CRE Services

Barbi Reuter’s affiliation with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR began with the firm’s opening in 1985, becoming a founding principal in 1992. Following three years as COO, she was named President in 2017, then CEO, chair of the board, and designated broker in 2020. Reuter leads the employee-owned commercial real estate firm’s activity in southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Active in community and industry efforts, she writes and presents on the regional CRE market and publishes PICOR Connect, the firm’s commercial real estate blog. 

Reda Hicks

Founder and CEO, GotSpot

Reda is the Founder and CEO of GotSpot, a digital marketplace connecting small enterprises with micro-term commercial space rentals. She is also an attorney, policy consultant, military families advocate, Army wife, mom of three, and Houston’s biggest fan. If that weren’t enough, Reda wears a number of other hats, including Board Chair of Leadership Houston, VP of Civic Engagement for League of Women Voters Houston, Board of Sketch City (Houston Hackathon), Board of Texas Lyceum, Board of the National Military Family Advisory Network, and Board of Texas Veteran Spouse Network.

Re'Nauta Bell

Senior Associate, Cushman and Wakefield

A member of Cushman & Wakefield’s Office Tenant Representation practice, Re’Nauta assists corporations and other privately held firms with their commercial real estate endeavors. She provides unbiased and professional commercial brokerage services for office tenants and is adept at creating unique problem-solving strategies. Distinguished by her ability to identify, leverage, and develop talent, Re'Nauta has helped clients, peers, and staff recognize their unique capabilities and position themselves as “A” players, by addressing career strategy and leadership initiatives. She is a recognized social media influencer and blogger for the commercial real estate industry.

Delea Becker

Founder, Beck-Reit Asset Management

DeLea is a Commercial Real Estate Owner/Agent with over 15 years of experience in Austin purchasing, renovating, leasing, and managing commercial buildings. She owns Beck-Reit & Sons, Ltd. - a company that has successfully been in business for 22 years. Beck-Reit & Sons is a Heavy Civil Contractor focusing on TxDOT Road and Bridge Repair. She was the Central Texas Commercial Association of Realtors 2019 President, CREW Entrepreneur of the Year in 2020, and Austin Business Journal 2020- Commercial Project of the Year Nominee.