Celebrating the Women of NAI Affinity

NAI Affinity
March 5, 2024

This International Women's Day get to know the amazing NAI Affinity women we work alongside:

Who have been your mentors and how have they impacted you?

"I believe finding great mentor(s) who have shown me the ropes of this dynamic industry and given me opportunities since early on in my career has been one of the keys to my growth and success. I am lucky to have two of my mentors as my teammates and the leaders of NAI Affinity, Jake Hallauer and Ryan Schaefer. They have taken me under their wing since my first day and have continued to provide this mentorship each day since. They took me to client meetings and in state and out of state conferences my first year in the business and allowed me to get fully immersed in the commercial real estate industry when I was just starting out as their Licensed Real Estate Assistant. I also have had the pleasure of being mentored by Amber Brandhagen and Denise Nunez. These are two other strong and successful females in the NAI Global Network, and they have guided me in numerous ways and continue to be a support system for me."

- Lauren Larsen, Managing Broker

What change do you hope to see in the CRE industry in the years to come?

"I hope to see more women in leadership roles in the CRE industry."

- Ashley Hergenreder, Director of Marketing & Transaction Management

What advice do you have for women pursuing a career in CRE?

"One, seek mentorship and support other women. Finding mentors who can provide guidance and support as you navigate your career is invaluable. Pay this forward and lift up other women in the industry.

Two, build confidence and be resilient. Confidence is key in any industry, especially in those where women are underrepresented. Believe in your abilities and value, and do not be afraid to assert yourself. To that end, stay resilient in the face of setbacks, and keep pushing toward your goals.

Three, never stop learning. Stay informed with industry trends and market conditions and continue to learn from industry experts. If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room."

- Brecken Schaefer, Project Manager | Real Estate Analyst

Focus. Expertise. Professionalism.

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