Hello SOTGC community,
It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Misty Moore who is the Vice President of Tenant Representation with Jones Lang Lasalle. I met Misty at the View From The Top Summit that Bridget Grimes organized through her firm HoyleCohen. Misty and I were conversing during the mixer before the event and I was immediately impressed with her eloquence and passion for supporting her fellow women colleagues. Misty was recently featured in San Diego Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 as an up and coming commercial real estate mogul. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed meeting and dialoguing with her.
What is the one trait you admire most in others?
What is the one trait you admire most in yourself?
Commitment to follow through and do what I say I am going to do
Which quality or attitude internal to women have you observed that sets them back in the workplace?
Lack of confidence
Which external situation/circumstance do you believe sets women back in the workplace?
Lack of mentors and footsteps to follow
What is the hardest lesson for working women to learn?
That compromise exists at every turn. You can have it all, but your priorities will change throughout your life and it’s okay to favor your career at some points and favor your family at others. Just don’t live with regret, own your decisions!
Which book is on your nightstand?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle
What woman do you feel is a role model in today’s working industry (could be any industry)?
Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, who was selected to be CEO while 6 months pregnant
The quality you admire most in a successful man?
Prioritization of family before work
The quality you admire most in a successful woman?
Sincerity; generosity of time and desire to help the next generation of women flourish
A virtue you believe is underrated?
What is your idea of happiness?
Happy, healthy family; financial stability and flexibility in my career to enjoy and appreciate the blessings in my life
What do you value most in friends?
Unconditionally loving and accepting me, warts and all!
What, in your mind, would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Losing a member of my family
What do you believe is a working woman’s greatest fear?
That others will see her fail.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Wine on a Friday afternoon with best friends
In your career, what has been your greatest regret? Do you feel this is a male oriented regret or one shared by men and women alike?
Not believing in myself over the years. In my experience, this is definitely more of a female burden than a male burden.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“At the end of the day” and “Ultimately”
Cite an example of a woman who you feel made a great achievement?
Marissa Mayer again, both for being hired as CEO while pregnant and also for being the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company (she is only 5 months older than me!)
List five qualities that this woman had that you feel helped her achieve her success.
Commitment to career; confidence in herself to break glass ceilings all over the place (also first female engineer at Google); dedication to the community through public service and volunteer work; choosing a male-dominated career path in engineering; risk-taker in taking on all the roles she did throughout her career, including interviewing Lady Gaga on YouTube while at Google
What do you think is the greatest difference between our mother’s generation and our own?
Women are doing it their own way today. Having kids if/how/when they want, married or not, blazing unprecedented career paths. To me, having options and forging your own path is the ultimate achievement of independence.
One piece of advice to young women in the workplace.
Work hard. Be really good at what you do, earn respect and always remember your accomplishments. You’re smarter and stronger than you think you are.