Mardia Cooper | Assistant Property Manager

Mardia Cooper

What was the toughest challenge you faced when you were starting out?:

I started in this industry a year after graduating college with a degree in communications and no real estate experience. I was always the youngest person in the room so it was intimidating at times to ask what I thought would be considered “dumb” questions. I quickly realized there are no dumb questions and it’s imperative to soak up everything like a sponge in this industry, especially when starting out. Seasoned professionals love to teach what they know, and that mind-shift has been a game changer for me.

Why do you think it is important for women to be active in CRE, especially CRE leadership?:

I think it is important for women to be active in CRE especially in leadership because data supports that companies with more diversity at the top, tend to financially outperform those that have less diversity. It has also been shown to increase productivity and innovation across the board. It aids in creating a well-rounded company culture from the top to bottom. With more women in leadership, it will inspire future generations to go the road less-traveled with a healthy support system in place. The world is constantly changing and to stay at the top of their game, it is imperative for companies to expand with that in mind.

What advice do you have for women pursuing a career in CRE?:

My advice to women pursuing a career in CRE is to remember this is a relationship-driven business. Investing in yourself, networking and remaining teachable will take you very far. Be sure to seek out mentors and never limit yourself and your abilities. If one field in CRE isn’t working, do not be afraid to try and excel in another one. This industry is vast, with many opportunities for success – which can be intimidating – but the way you look at FEAR will undoubtedly shape your success. You can either “Forget Everything and Run” or “Face Everything and Rise”!