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Shuhan Yi, Class of 2024

This month, cultures worldwide recognize and celebrate women’s accomplishments. In what ways, if any, has recognizing these celebrated accomplishments of women in Real Estate impacted you as a woman entering that same career field?

As a woman entering the same career path as those who are recognized and praised by the media and organizations, I feel like I gain more confidence in building up my career journey. Highlighting women accomplishment posts inspire me to gain hands-on experience from different types of occupations in the real estate industry and do my best in every aspect. They are my role models and they teach me nothing is impossible and women can do great things just like men.

What prompted you to declare Real Estate as a major, and what have been some of your highlights as a student of the major?

I declared real estate as my major because I have been interested in property management, asset management, and portfolio management since when I was a little girl. I would love to build up a solid knowledge base of real estate and seek professional advice from professors, student ambassadors, and advisers regarding future career opportunities. I actively participate in group assignments and establish a bunch of good friendships with peers in class, which is something I am passionate about. In the future, I hope I can establish a bigger career network and ensure which occupation I would like to pursue.

Commercial Real Estate has traditionally been a male-dominated industry. How are women in today’s society working to change that narrative?

The best way to change the narrative that real estate is male-dominated industry is showing everyone that women are capable of doing great in real estate. Big achievements made by women in real estate are concrete evidence that gender cannot and should not permanently determine one’s occupational potential.

In the area of real estate, why is mentorship important to women?

Mentorship is important to women in real estate because a good mentor will guide you, support you, advise you, and help you to set up career goals and future career paths. A mentorship impacts career trajectory since we will have a better understanding of the real estate industry and corresponding career choices and future growth and the very start to slowly form our own network and personal achievements.

How can we empower young women interested in real estate careers?

To empower young women interested in real estate careers, we should set up informational seminars about the real estate industry every quarter and also encourage young women to find their potential by trying a variety of job positions in the real estate industry. Gender-assigned roles and occupations ingrained in most minds and we should educate young women that nobody can belittle their potential and dream career just because we are women and they should chase their dreams regarding negative prejudiced criticisms.

Runstad Department of Real Estate Winter Career Fair

The Runstad Department of Real Estate held its bi-annual career fair on February 10th. This event is a great opportunity for students to “lean in” and practice their networking skills. The fair brought 30 firms from all aspects of the industry, including: office, mixed use, retail, industrial, multifamily, single use, and finance. Over one hundred graduate and undergraduate students attended, seeking internship and job opportunities.

We are fortunate to have such amazing support from the real estate community. Many thanks to all the firms that participated. Our next career fair will be on May 12th. If you are a firm interested in participating, please reach out to Melissa Best,

“The career fair was a great experience for me. All the companies that attended were very welcoming and eager to speak with you about their company and the opportunities they had. It was an awesome way to learn about a ton of different industries in Real Estate in a short amount of time. I was able to gain a ton of new contacts and work on my networking skills in a low stake environment. Overall, the event was very helpful, and I highly recommend everyone attend the next event because of all the valuable job leads and insights I was able to gain.”

Will Douglas, Senior

“I was grateful for the resources provided by the Runstad Real Estate Department that enabled me to prepare for my first career fair. Speaking with the different companies gave me a better understanding of where I want to be in my career.”

Ciara Joy Laney, Junior

“Attending the RE career fair was a highlight of my student experience. The event was bustling with companies and recruiters, all eager to meet and engage with students. I was able to meet with a variety of companies and learn about the different career paths available to me. It was a great opportunity to network with professionals and gain valuable insights into the job market in real estate. Overall, the career fair was an excellent resource for preparing me for my future career.”

Vivek Sharma, MSRE Class of 2024


Seattle’s Chinatown/International District: A Personal Reflection by Diane Sugimura

As I think about Lunar New Year 2023, I am in awe of and thankful for the early Asian pioneers who not only faced the difficulties of settling and surviving in an unknown environment, they faced racism, displacement and physical harm.  But through this they persevered, creating a rich, cultural community that thrived and survived — though still very fragile — in spite of challenges from outside forces. 

Real Estate Club/ULI Young Leaders Panel

Real Estate Club/Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Career Panel Event
Wednesday January 18th
Gould Hall Court

5-8 pm

Hear from rising ULI leaders about their careers in the built environment, gain valuable insight into the current market, & meet other students & young professionals. You’ll have a chance to network with these professionals before and after.  

Register here!


David Baker – Real Estate Development Project Manager, Homestead Community Land Trust

Diana Bashirova – Development Analyst, Mill Creek Residential Trust (MSRE Alumnae)

Hunter Kacsur – Acquisitions & Development Analyst, Hines

Nick Burrin – Acquisitions Associate, Unico Properties

Moderated By MSRE alumnus Tyler Tveit of Emerald City Ventures