Head of Brand, Marketing and Communications, Oxford Properties Group
Magic Moment: Early in my career, I asked for stretch assignments as often as I could, many of which were outside of my specific area of responsibility. One day I heard about a really exciting and important project and, before I could even ask to be involved, an MD recommended me for the team based on her experience with me on an earlier stretch assignment.
Key Influence: Early boss (pre-real estate)
Key Lesson: (1) Never be afraid to ask a question, and (2) Never rely on others to find you interesting learning or career growth opportunities.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: We need to think beyond the built form and focus on delivering positive outcomes for people and communities. We need to build greater levels of future flexibility into everything we do.
On Championing Others… I actively expose people to new people and ideas, bringing them to meetings they wouldn’t naturally be invited to, recommending them for cross-functional committees or projects, etc. I also believe it’s very important to get exposure to presenting early on, so look for opportunities for individuals to get in front of groups and help make sure they’re set up for success.
One word that captures you: Engaged. Whether professional or personal, I am always all in.
Secret Talent: Photographic memory.