Lawrence, Kansas, USA (Aug. 11, 2020) – Commercial real estate executives Cheryl McKissack Daniel, Anjee Solanki and Nancy Southern have been named 2020 CREW Network Distinguished Leaders and will be featured speakers at the 2020 CREW Network Convention, to be held virtually Sept. 15-17.
Distinguished Leaders are leading women in commercial real estate invited by the CREW Network board of directors to serve as advisors to the organization and its 12,000 members globally. Distinguished Leaders lead a candid, insightful roundtable discussion annually at the CREW Network Convention to identify issues in today’s market and the skills women need to advance in the industry.
“Our Distinguished Leaders are the most influential women and top thought leaders in commercial real estate,” said CREW Network CEO Wendy Mann. “They are trailblazers and difference makers who have achieved great success and are willing to share their stories to lift and inspire others. Their wisdom, perspectives and insight are invaluable, and help us transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally.”
McKissack, civil engineer, is president and CEO of McKissack & McKissack, the oldest minority and woman-owned design and construction firm in the United States. Her company has 150 employees and has contracted more than $50 billion USD in construction over the past decade. McKissack comes from a long lineage of architects and builders that began with an enslaved Ashanti ancestor in 1790. Today, she represents the fifth generation of the McKissack family’s century old business. McKissack is involved with some of New York’s largest projects including JFK Terminal One; LGA Central Terminal Building Redevelopment; Pacific Park/ Atlantic Yards Barclays Center; and Pier 42 Redevelopment. McKissack also serves as the MTA Independent Engineer overseeing the Capital Construction Program of the nation’s largest transportation system.
In her current role as Colliers International’s national retail director for the U.S., Solanki has developed strong relationships and provided strategic leadership to more than 550 retail professionals nationally across 140 markets within Colliers for investment sales, agency, retailer rep and retail asset and property management. She brings 29 years of focused retail real estate experience to Colliers. Solanki provides strategic retail advisory services to enhance value for her clients with her expertise in lifestyle, community, power center, neighborhood, mixed-use retail/residential and resort retail. She became a member of Forbes Real Estate Council in 2019, was named a Bay Area Power Women by Bisnow in 2017, and was honored as a top woman in CRE by Real Estate Forum in 2012 and 2016. Currently, Solanki participates in Colliers' D&I North America leadership group and ICSC’s D&I committee to support and create awareness.
Southern is chair and chief executive officer of ATCO Ltd., a global provider of integrated energy, housing, transportation and infrastructure solutions based in Alberta, Canada, as well as executive chair of Canadian Utilities Limited, an ATCO company. She also serves as executive vice president of Spruce Meadows, a founding director of AKITA Drilling Ltd., a director of Sentgraf Enterprises Limited, an honorary director of the BMO Financial Group and a member of the Rideau Hall Foundation Board of Directors. In addition to her business leadership, Southern has long played a leading role in advocating on global social issues—most notably, the rights of Indigenous peoples and the role of women in business. She is an honorary chief of the Kainai (Blood Tribe of Alberta). Southern was inducted as a Companion into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2016, she was included in Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women outside of the U.S. and recognized by the Financial Post Magazine’s Power List.
McKissack, Solanki and Southern will speak on Sept. 16 in the Distinguished Leaders Roundtable and Sept. 17 in fireside chat sessions at the 2020 CREW Network Convention. The sessions are sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield.
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