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Connected: Building Meaningful Business Relationships

July 19, 2022 38 Minute Listen


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Networking is an essential—though often neglected—cornerstone of business relationships. In a special episode recorded at the CBRE Women’s Network conference, CBRE leaders explain how to build a robust and authentic network at every stage of your career.

Connected: Building Meaningful Business Relationships

July 19, 2022 38 Minute Listen


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Laura (Sagues) Barr

Senior Vice President

Laura (Sagues) Barr leads a seven person San Francisco-based team focused on retail strategy and transactions both here in San Francisco and globally. Team projects include Thrive City for the Golden State Warriors, Mission Rock for The San Francisco Giants and Tishman Speyer, Ghirardelli Square and the widely publicized Springline project in Menlo Park for which the retail activation strategy helped set office rent records earlier this year. The team’s tenants include VF Corporation brands, Eataly, Ghirardelli Chocolate and Blue Bottle. Laura loves all things consumer, especially around strategy and innovation. Laura was the inaugural winner of the Darla Longo Award recognizing one next-generation producer who is the absolute very best and brightest in our industry.

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Tonya Brandon

Senior Managing Director

Tonya currently serves as Global Alliance Director across 23 countries for one of CBRE’s key financial and wealth management clients. Tonya is responsible for coordinating and enabling diverse teams of professionals globally to identify, develop and deliver value-added outcomes overseeing high-performing and resilient facilities, best use of capital, process improvements and innovations.

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Julie Whelan, CRE

Global Head of Occupier Thought Leadership

Julie Whelan leads a global team of researchers tasked with identifying major trends impacting commercial real estate occupiers across all industries. Julie also works directly with CBRE professionals across the Advisory & Transaction Services business to advise clients on real estate markets and strategies around the world. An expert on the future of work, Julie is particularly interested in how the fundamental shifts toward sustainability and flexibility are reshaping the strategy and utilization of space.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.

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