Two Shawmut team membersKhanna Parente and Elizabeth Murphywere featured in Women in Commercial Real Estate Spotlights by New York Real Estate Journal and New England Real Estate Journal. The spotlights recognize women in commercial real estate who have been instrumental in driving positive change at their firm and within the industry. From their recent accomplishments to advice for other women in commercial real estate, read what our Shawmut team members said below. 

Khanna Parente, Project Manager - New York 

What recent project, transaction, or accomplishment are you most proud of? I’m most proud of St. John’s University’s St. Vincent Health Sciences Center – a 70,000 s/f, three-story building that will serve as the new home for existing and future health sciences programs on the university’s Queens, NY, campus. I recently assumed the role of lead project manager, and when complete, this LEED Silver-certified building, will include patient simulation facilities, laboratories, classrooms, gathering spaces, offices, an outdoor terrace, geothermal heat pumps, and rooftop solar panels.

Who inspires you most? What qualities do they possess that inspire you? I am inspired by individuals who not only overcome adversity but also build resilience and strength through it.

Read Khanna’s full Q&A here.

Elizabeth Murphy, Sustainability Manager - Boston 

What recent project, transaction, or accomplishment are you most proud of? I recently became a PHIUS Certified Builder (CPHB). This opportunity has expanded my technical skillset and knowledge, allowing me to learn from industry leaders. With the latest updates to the Massachusetts Energy Code and similar advancements in other states, this certification enables me to better serve our clients and deliver resilient, energy efficient, healthy buildings. I am looking forward to applying this on a Passive House project we have starting this winter.

What are the most important factors women in your industry should consider when choosing a firm to build their career with? Equity, opportunity, support, transparency, and accountability are all crucial factors for women to consider when choosing a company to work for and remain with. Companies should openly acknowledge and celebrate individual differences and circumstances while offering ongoing opportunities and support for personal growth.

Read Elizabeth’s full Q&A here.