As I strive to impact, influence and inspire in the real estate industry, I’ve been inspired by so many others. I’ve written in the past about the many organizations in commercial real estate that can provide education and network opportunities. Among the featured organizations was the Urban Land Institute. Another woman making strides in the industry, Inga Harmon, encouraged me to apply for the Center for Leadership Program after she had a great experience. I applied and was selected from a competitive pool of 66 applicants for 33 available seats. The Center for Leadership provides a powerful local resource to help guide the responsible development of the Atlanta region by strengthening connections among area organizations that guide and influence Atlanta real estate development. The mission is to cultivate leadership and life-strategy skills by teaching emerging leaders in the real estate and land use industries how the Atlanta region gets built.
I recently attended a PopCom, Inc., a leading Black-owned automated retail technology company specializing in smart vending and kiosk solutions, investor meet and greet in Atlanta. PopCom recently announced its plans to develop a new blockchain-powered product ecosystem that enables cannabis, pharmaceutical and alcohol retailers to automate the sale of government-regulated products. I was one of the 2800 investors who invested in the company and its founder, Dawn Dickson. She is the first black woman to raise over $1 million dollars on a crowd funding platform. I was inspired by Dawn and the strides she has made in bringing companies to fruition and raising capital for women-owned businesses. I’m inspired to create opportunities for others within the commercial real estate industry. I also have an interest on how blockchain can be used in real estate transactions…never stop learning.