Cushman & Wakefield Women Win Big in Washington

Cushman & Wakefield, a global leader in commercial real estate services, announced today that Mid-Atlantic Region Leader Roberta Liss and Executive Managing Director Sherry Cushman have been honored with the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award and the Washington, DC, chapter of CREW’s (Commercial Real Estate Women) 2015 Outstanding Impact Award, respectively.

Industry veterans each with three decades of leadership experience, both Ms. Liss and Ms. Cushman were honored at separate events October 15th.

“On behalf of our entire leadership team, we congratulate Sherry and Roberta on being the recipients of these significant industry awards from CREW and the Washington Business Journal,” said Shawn P. Mobley East Region President & Chicago Market Lead.  “Their collective impact on the DC marketplace, our industry and our firm, cannot be overstated.”

At the Washington Business Journal’s 12th annual Women Who Mean Business Award, Ms. Liss was honored as one of the region’s 25 most influential women across all business sectors for her commitment to the community and trailblazing leadership. The event was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

At CREW’s annual awards celebration at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Ms. Cushman received DC CREW’s highest honor, the Outstanding Impact Award. Bestowed upon some of the industry’s most admired women, award recipients have been distinguished by their lifetime achievements in civic service leadership and professional contributions to advancing the commercial real estate industry as a whole. Ms. Cushman was recognized for her commitment to mentoring industry women, dedication to advancing industry best practices and legacy of philanthropic leadership in organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Washington Area Women’s foundation and the Angel’s Network.

Ms. Cushman also is well known throughout the industry for her role as the founder and head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Legal Sector Advisory Group (LSAG) as well as her role in initiating the firm’s Women’s Integrated Network, WIN. Established in early 2015 by the firm’s executive leadership, WIN is led by an advisory board of 16 female executives occupying senior leadership roles in cities throughout the United States. WIN is empowered to drive the firm’s goal of becoming the employer of choice for women seeking a career in commercial real estate.

Ms. Cushman commended Cushman & Wakefield for its legacy of attracting and supporting the successful careers of its female executives and for the opportunity she was personally given to lead its first national practice group for legal sector brokerage professionals. 

“This is truly an amazing company that promotes, encourages and supports our women—Roberta and I are two of many examples,” Ms. Cushman said. “In 2013, they offered me an opportunity to create and lead the firm’s Legal Sector Advisory Group, and I thank our current leadership for their continuing support and faith in me. I’m also the proud leader of a three-woman team in DC – and they are the best!”

CREW DC is the nation’s third largest chapter and a founding member-chapter of CREW’s national network— the premier advocacy group for women in commercial real estate, providing education, networking and mentorship to its members.  

Ms. Liss also has an extensive track record of leadership with CREW nationally and in the Washington, DC, region. She played an essential role in building and participating in the eight-week CREW CEO Program that helped to better position women in the industry through teaching, mentoring, training and empowering. Additionally, Ms. Liss was a CREW C-Suite Mentor for Success, enabling her mentees to advance greatly in their careers through guidance and development. She recently joined the board of the Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association of Greater Washington, DC, and in 2014 received the Top 10 Women to Watch award globally by Jewish Women International. In 2013 Ms. Liss was recognized by the Pennsylvania State University with their Outstanding Engineering Award for helping to advance the industry forward and mentor others.

“With our recent merger, Cushman & Wakefield is a powerhouse with an intense focus on clients and creatively addressing their needs,” said Ms. Liss. “Our brand, combined with the depth of our talent and resources, positions the new Cushman & Wakefield to set a new standard for client services here in the Washington, DC, region and around the world. I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the opportunities before us.”

“Cushman & Wakefield has long been home to many of our industry’s most accomplished and respected female professionals,” said Mr. Mobley.  “Our ongoing commitment to attracting, retaining and investing in their continued success is rooted in our culture and our belief that there is strength in diversity.”