Emma Tattersall, Ladies-who-Launch and Cushman & Wakefield

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This week we speak to Emma Tattersall the fantastic founder of Ladies-who-Launch and an EMEA Retail CMG Associate at Cushman & Wakefield about her entry into the property world and what inspires her!

1. Describe how you first entered the property industry and your career journey to your current position.

During my gap year I worked as a nanny in France. The mother of the family runs a boutique residential real estate company called Lieux Particuliers, and I worked in the office translating particulars and brochures for international clients alongside my role with the children. Off the back of this work, I got a job working at Knight Frank in their French Capital Markets team in Paris. I spent a fantastic year in way over my head learning a lot and understanding the basics of commercial real estate investment. Following completion of my undergraduate degree, I applied to several graduate schemes. Cushman & Wakefield was the firm for me and I began my first placement on the graduate scheme in the EMEA Retail Capital Markets Team while attending night school for my Real Estate Masters. After 6 months, a full-time position became available in the team so I hopped off the graduate scheme and have been here ever since!

2.     What advice would you give to a young person starting their career in the industry?

First of all, the real estate industry encompasses a hugely diverse range of service lines and skills. Find something that you are interested in and passionate about and worry less about whether you will be able to do it. Secondly, it is so important to have contemporary and current role models and mentors who can reach out to for advice as you navigate the early stages of your career. Do not hesitate to ask for help and if you meet someone who inspires you then don’t be afraid to invite them for coffee and pick their brains about their own journey. And finally, if there is an element of the industry you think needs to change then find a way to do something about it. No matter how small the contribution you make, you will have an impact. What you do will be meaningful and you will feel better for knowing you are contributing in some way to positive change.

As Lily Tomlin once said, “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realised I was somebody”.

3.     Who is a person that really inspires you and why?

Whitney Wolfe is my current inspiration. She is brimming with great ideas, confident and compelling and so incredibly accomplished already. Having left Tinder and having lived through a hugely public sexual harassment court case she has then gone on to out pace and stride ahead with her own business, Bumble. Whitney and her team have created a business that not only solves modern problems but also holds a core set of principles and beliefs at the heart of everything the company does as it grows. The recent launch of Bumble Bizz is the latest addition to the set and I am eager to see where her journey takes her. 

Harri John