International Women's Day Interview w/ Managing DIrector Magda Loureiro
International Women's Day celebrates women's contributions and the vital role of women throughout history. It is a time to reflect on the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. Managing Director Magda Loureiro shares a few thought on being a woman in the real estate and title industry. What is it like being the CEO and Managing Director of a company in a predominately and historically male industry? Throughout my 16 + year career in the real estate industry, I have had the pleasure of working with and being mentored by many inspirational entrepreneurial woman.
I really have never felt that being a woman has been an obstacle in my career. On the contrary, I think my femininity and delicacy afforded me an advantage in being able to excel in the real estate and title industry. I also vigorously support other female entrepreneurs in the industry and try to be a leader and mentor to the females that surround me.
If you could give your younger self advice, what would you say to her? I would have probably told me to have fun, but not too much fun, and to invest in real estate as soon as possible.
Everyone always gave me the advise to find work that you love, but I think you need to look for work that makes you money so you can do the things you love. I would tell myself to negotiate hard for the things I want. You cant be afraid of risk or failure or you will never excel in any career. The worst thing that can happen is that you don’t get what you want, so it never hurts to ask.
I would tell myself to know my worth and make sure others can see it too. It's not about what you know, but who you know and a strong network and a recognizable brand will lead you to success.
What does it mean to be a woman today? I think it is impossible to define what it means to be a woman in this short paragraph. A woman can be anything they want to be. I think some women were meant to be mothers and homemakers, and some were meant to be athletes and some were meant to be entrepreneurs and some, all three.
For me being a woman means living a life that I am proud of, filled with love and successful achievements and being surrounded by my family and friends who I can support.