Stephanie Rodriguez is used to being a unicorn.
As regional senior vice president of Florida operations with Duke Realty Corp., Rodriguez wears the hat of both industrial broker and developer. She identifies land, works with construction professionals to design and build on that land, and leases completed properties. In an asset class that has historically attracted male commercial real estate professionals and served male clients, it’s a rare mix.
“I’m the only woman in South Florida who does that,” Rodriguez said.
Demand for industrial assets has skyrocketed since the onset of the pandemic, reflecting consumer demand for e-commerce goods and services. It’s a busy — and lucrative — time to be in the sector. The trouble is, few women are.
Women in brokerage are relatively rare overall, accounting for 29% of commercial real estate brokers in the U.S. in 2020, according to the results of a forthcoming benchmark study from