For many years as a real estate advisor, I focused on the traditional metrics – price of construction, location, lease term flexibility, cost of building operation. But what if those weren't all of the contributing factors for these complex client portfolios?
What about the people occupying the spaces? Everything you are trying to achieve as an organization relies on your people. It is the people who make it happen and determine if you are going to be successful or not.
I’m certain that the enterprises I’ve represented for decades will be more likely to achieve their objectives if they had insight about how everything will be elevated or weighted down by the humans who are to implement the strategy.
I started Space Matters to share that insight.
I have come across a number of lamplighters—people who illuminate the way. Of these guiding lights, the most significant certainly is my grandmother. She helped to raise me in a warm-loving Philadelphia community while my mother focused on her education.
My early years were characterized by a blend of artistic expression, resilient women, and endless curiosity. There was not a quiet moment in our home; the sound of musical instruments and singing voices filled every room. And in a time when women were far from welcome in positions of authority, my grandmother never allowed her voice to be silenced.
She embraced challenges and modeled the bountiful impact of true leadership. My grandmother’s steadfast efforts, in the face of adversity, propelled me on my journey.
When not collaborating with clients or volunteering, I'm looking for places to listen to music or for waves to surf.