Betty Castro, Managing Principal of our Brooklyn office, and Lauren Calandriello, a Director with our strategic alliance partner JRT Realty Group, Inc. (JRT), located in New York City, were recently among those named the most influential businesswomen and community leaders in Queens. They celebrated on June 7 at Star Network’s “Queens Power Women in Business” gala at Terrace on the Park. With close to 700 people in attendance, this year marked the 14th year of recognizing some of the most prominent women in business. Forty women were honored.
JRT is the nation’s largest fully certified woman-owned commercial real estate services firm. In 2003, Cushman & Wakefield and JRT formed a unique, first-of-its-kind strategic alliance between a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) and a global real estate services provider. The Cushman & Wakefield/JRT alliance was forged to successfully address supplier diversity initiatives.
News website QNS and The Queens Courier co-sponsored the event. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, recipient of the Outstanding Service Award this year, was in attendance.
“I know how challenging it can be to rise to the top of your profession. So on behalf of Governor Cuomo, I want to tell you how much we value and appreciate your perspective,” she said, also noting that only 20% of elected officials, 20% of boards of directors, and 4% of CEOs in this country are women. “We need to support everyone … to let them know that yes, you made it, sometimes in a man’s world, you’ve made the sacrifices, you’ve had to balance that family and work challenge that so many of us had to go through, but you succeeded.”
All of the honorees and Hall of Fame inductees received their awards by walking up (or for some of the honorees, dancing up) a ceremonial red carpet. They also enjoyed a cocktail hour, dinner, and a fashion show. Throughout the event, raffle tickets were available to be purchased by the guests. All proceeds for the raffles went to PSCH Inc., and Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities Inc, which are led by honorees Sherry Tucker and Saeeda L. Dunston, respectively.