Meet Kacy Wada

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Glass ceilings? Closed doors? Not at JLL. We recognize the success and achievements of the amazing women throughout our firm. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’d like to highlight a few of the strong, smart, and ambitious women of JLL. We appreciate them not only this month, but every day. We hope they inspire you like they inspire us.

Meet Kacy Wada
Kacy is a Senior Marketing Associate in the Orange County office, focusing on business development and property marketing for Office and Industrial brokerage.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Something creative!  An artist, a writer, a musician, a designer…all of the above! I’ve always been drawn to the arts.

How did you get into commercial real estate?
How all Art History majors get into commercial real estate…a family friend at JLL. 🙂
What is a typical day for you? 
Most days start with coffee and end with a book. The in-between typically involves a combination of emails, presentations, InDesign, strategy meetings, a fire drill or two, conference calls, a workout and dinner with my fiancé.

Who was the biggest influence in your life?
My Mom, the superhero. She is a 2-time cancer survivor, a successful business woman, and the ultimate “girl-power” advocate. She has always been my loudest and strongest supporter.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” I’ve been extremely fortunate in both my professional and personal life to be surrounded by incredibly talented peers and mentors.

How do you measure success?
It’s a combination of so many things…It’s the quality of relationships I have with my family and friends. How often I have a good, all-out belly laugh. The number of cities I’ve explored. The trust I’ve built with my coworkers. Being able to teach someone something new. Learning something new. The list goes on.

How do you achieve work/life balance?
There is definitely no secret answer. If it’s important to you, you’ll make time. It also helps to have a good support system to keep you grounded.

What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
Write down your goals, work hard, play hard, practice gratitude and never underestimate yourself.

JLL has been named one of the Top Companies for Executive Women for third straight year by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). Read more.

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