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Tara Burns

Burns is an account manager with Unisource Solutions, one of California’s leading furniture management and facilities services companies. She is also the director of marketing communications for CREW San Diego. More information about CREW programs and the organization can be found at crewsandiego.org.

CREW Corner

One year after CREW Network published the benchmark study “Women in Commercial Real Estate: 2010,” CREW Network President Diane Butler presented a follow-up study at the CREW California Conference held last month in Los Angeles. The white paper, “Success and Satisfaction of Women in Commercial Real Estate: Retaining Exceptional Leaders,” echoes the sentiments of speakers and attendees at the conference: Women are making great strides in commercial real estate, but the number of exceptional female leaders in the industry continues to be scarce.

Outsourcing of professional services, including real estate services, has been growing in popularity as businesses continue to look for ways to cut employment expenses. At a recent presentation by real estate professionals sponsored by Commercial Real Estate Women's San Diego chapter, there were several lessons learned regarding outsourcing.

More women are entering the commercial real estate industry and while their income is growing, there is still disparity between men and women when it comes to income, according to CREW Network's recently released industry benchmarking study, Women in Commercial Real Estate: 2010.

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