As part of the 2017 ICSC Centerbuild Women’s Forum, C&P Principal Leigh Paull had a candid conversation with Crossman & Company President John Crossman about mentoring in the commercial real estate and retail design industry. The hope was to provide those who attended the forum with some “actionable intelligence” to take away from the session for use in their professional lives. Mentoring is a topic that is often talked about, but can be illusive for those that aren’t sure exactly how or where to start.

Recently in preparation for the conference, ICSC conducted a survey about the experiences people in the industry have had, what they were looking for in a mentoring relationship and what the perception is about the benefits mentoring. Survey respondents were both male and female, between the ages of 18 and 74 with varying levels of professional experience. Some of the open ended responses included thoughts like,

“Mentoring is powerful. The mentor can act as an advocate for the mentee and help guide them early on in their career.”

“Often I learn as much from the people I have mentored as they do from me.”

View Full  Survey Results

After a thorough review of the survey data, it was clear that the next step was to pull in an industry expert to discuss some of “hot topics” brought up in the responses. Karen Scott, ICSC Centerbuild Women’s Forum Chair and Senior Project Manager at CBRE, reached out to industry expert John Crossman, of Crossman and Company, one of the Southeast’s largest retail leasing, management and investment sales firms; as President, John promotes the firm’s core values including a strong commitment to community service, industry education initiatives and an unwavering dedication to diversity through creating scholarships and mentoring. He was gracious enough to sit down and share plenty of sound advice, in addition to explaining the many facets of how mentoring relationships can play into the life of a CRE/Retail Design Professional.

Check out the full conversation here:

2017 Centerbuild Women’s Forum_Mentoring from Cuhaci Peterson on Vimeo.