Monica Brendsel, Cushman & Wakefield PREP Associate, said, “My first few months as a PREP Associate as well as my first rotation with the firm’s Capital Markets team have been exciting, and I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made. While there has been a learning curve, I think myself,... Read more
Monica Brendsel, Cushman & Wakefield PREP Associate, said, “My first few months as a PREP Associate as well as my first rotation with the firm’s Capital Markets team have been exciting, and I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made. While there has been a learning curve, I think myself, Brett and Jackie all believe we’re also able to add value to our respective rotation’s teams, which is a validating feeling, especially when starting your first job out of school.
“What has also been encouraging is everyone at Cushman & Wakefield has been extremely welcoming to our cohort and many of the office’s experienced brokers have expressed interest in becoming involved—even confessing how they wish they had this program when they started out. Given the experience and knowledge we are obtaining, I am confident my participation in PREP will serve as a competitive advantage in my future!”
Monica added, “As for diversity and now being a young woman in commercial real estate myself, I didn’t fully understand the reality of the statement that this is a male-dominated field until seeing it, whether in attending industry networking events, meetings, or in other ways. However, I also see that Cushman & Wakefield, and specifically PREP, places great emphasis on diversifying its talent base, as there are many successful and highly-respected leading women in the firm’s San Francisco office alone. My mentor, Courtney Trunnell, along with former PREP Associate Austen Peterson have both been great resources in helping me navigate these industry-specific gender barriers and establishing myself as a valued member.”
Adding to its arsenal of educating and attracting prospective talent, Cushman & Wakefield also offers a National Internship Program that similarly provides interns real-world exposure to the firm and the industry through work projects, networking events and mentorship by colleagues, including members of CWFL. Cushman & Wakefield’s recent summer National Internship Program supported a total of nearly 270 talented interns who work in the firm’s US offices, assisting its business across a variety of service lines and functions.
In addition to supporting these young professionals by providing an environment for hands-on learning and future growth, one of the main goals of Cushman & Wakefield’s National Internship Program is to also generate quality and diverse talent for future entry-level roles with the firm. A unique advantage offered by the Internship Program are also some of the special rewards. For example, one prize includes a 15-minute one-on-one call with Shawn Mobley, Cushman & Wakefield’s CEO for the Americas.
As a global, 21st century company with a focus on what’s next for real estate and business, Cushman & Wakefield understands the practice and power of diversity. Multicultural, multilingual, confidently global, expertly local, the people of Cushman & Wakefield work and live everywhere in the world.