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Rising Leaders Coffee Talk: Real Estate Development

By Morgan Ward


CREW San Francisco’s Rising Leaders Committee hosted their second successful “Coffee Talk” event on June 9th, 2016 with a discussion focused on development in the real estate industry. An intimate group of young professionals gathered at Merlone Geier’s office where they heard from past president and COO at Sares Regis Group, Ginger Bryant, and Jain Wager, Managing Director at Merlone Geier.


Jain and Ginger discussed how they grew in their careers and got to their positions in such a male dominated industry, walked through their day-to-day responsibilities, discussed current projects, and emphasized the importance of learning crucial negotiation skills.


“It’s all about remaining authentic and understanding who you’re negotiating with,” said Jain. “You don’t need to model men. Be yourself as a woman.” Ginger also discussed the importance of being mindful in your career in order to move it forward. “I didn’t always have a grand plan,” she said. “But I was always aware of major career milestones.” She explained that she could tell what would be a pivotal point for her career, and was able to make decisions accordingly. The group of young professionals left the “Coffee Talk” with newfound insight into the world of development and great new real estate connections. 

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