To say the month of October 2018, has been busy would be a total understatement. In between listing commercial properties, assisting clients, planning events and releasing ebooks (more info on the properties can be seen on The Thomas Agency, LLC website), I’ve been making my rounds in industry and professional development activities.
I’m proud to say that I am a graduate of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Professional Development Academy. This program was dynamic for me in many ways. It reminded me that I am not alone in this journey and also encouraged and empowered me to see so many women who looked like me reach impressive heights in their career as a licensed attorneys, whether they were practicing or not. This four week intensive commitment was well worth it and I’m so appreciative of the time invested by the busy professionals who poured into me and my fellow cohorts.
(ALMOST) NEVER BORING. Industry events included attendance to the Bisnow Neighborhood Series: Atlanta’s Urban Core: How Developments and Redevelopments are making Midtown & Downtown Major Hubs.
Building Georgia’s Impact Investment Ecosystem. As apart of my duties as a Board Member of Quest Community Development Organization, I’ve assisted with planning my first Board Retreat, negotiated a LOI and attended an all day workshop to learn more about Impact Capital for Nonprofits and Social Enterprises as an initiative by the Georgia Social Impact Collaborative (GSIC). Social impact investing sounds great but most do not understand it. It is okay to do good and make money from it. The new GSIC website, will house information about opportunities to invest in projects in the State.
People. Place. Policy. For the past two years, I’ve volunteered at the Georgia Advancing Communities Together (Georgia ACT) Annual Fall Affordable Housing Conference. This is the organization that I advocate for affordable housing via its Housing Georgia initiative. This was a great opportunity to network and make connections in multifamily lending and learn more about pending policy changes.
Creating Communities For The Greater Good. In the midst of everything, I found out about a Request for Proposal with Atlanta Housing and made a valiant effort with my submission (fingers crossed). I also attended their Real Estate Development Forum. Atlanta Housing has six pending development projects and will need a commercial broker to assist with acquisition and disposition of land.
I’m always researching for opportunities to learn and network and by chance I registered for the Georgia State University Real Estate Honorary Board meeting and later found out you had to pay to be a member but was allowed to attend as a guest. The networking and information shared was fantastic. There was a presentation on the state of the market as well as industry disrupter, Opendoor. I will definitely look into becoming a sponsor and consider completing the one-year Master of Science in Commercial Real Estate program.
Learn. Connect. Do More Deals. I joined the Women’s Affordable Housing Network last year but due to schedule conflicts, I never attended an event or meeting. I can finally say I made it to an event and it was one not to miss. The 2018 Fall Luncheon had a panel about Breaking Barriers in a Male-Dominated Field. There was also a presentation on Institutional Bias, which was eye-opening in terms of how women negotiate and experience the bias from women as well. The panelist spoke about their personal experiences and journeys and gave best practice advice on maneuvering in the commercial real estate/housing industry.
At the end of this month, I’m looking forward to moderating a Legal Issues in Commercial Real Estate panel for the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP). And I’m currently negotiating a partnership with a well-established industry veteran. I’m hopeful of what’s to come. Stay tuned for the details on the REAP event and my graduation from the Community Leadership Institute of Atlanta.