Closing the Gender Gap: Old Challenges and New Approaches

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Recent studies from CREW Network and The Florida Bar show that women are still facing gender bias and a wide wage gap. CREW Network’s Benchmark Study indicates that while career satisfaction and optimism among women in commercial real estate are improving, a 23.3% median wage gap between men and women remains. The Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division found that 43% percent of young female lawyers still faced gender bias and harassment in the workplace.

While these results are sobering, they also expose opportunities for narrowing the gender gap in traditionally male-dominated industries such as commercial real estate and law. Join us as we sponsor CREW-Miami’s August luncheon and panel program that will bring together male and female business leaders in both law and commercial real estate to address these challenges and identify solutions together.



The luncheon and panel will be hosted at the Four Seasons Brickell on Wednesday, August 17th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Panelists include President of The Florida Bar Bill Schifino Jr., JLL Managing Partner Barbara Liberatore Black, GrayRobinson, PA Incoming President and Managing Director Mayanne Downs and Bilzin Sumberg Partner Al Dotson.  Moderated by former television news anchor and reporter Cynthia Demos.   Read more about the panelists below.

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William Schifino

William Schifino Jr. is President of The Florida Bar and Managing Partner in the Tampa office of Burr & Forman LLP.  He is a Board Certified specialist in business litigation and focuses on litigation and trial practice, including securities litigation and arbitration, professional malpractice litigation, employment litigation and intellectual property litigation.


Barbara Liberatore Black JLLBarbara Liberatore Black is a Managing Director of JLL since December 2015.  Prior to joining JLL, Barbara was one of four Founding Partners of Cresa nationally.  During her career, Barbara has completed office lease transactions totaling more than 10 million square feet.  Barbara is recognized as one of Florida’s foremost experts in legal and corporate transactions and business advisory services.


Mayanne Downs

Mayanne Downs is incoming President and Managing Director at GrayRonbinson. She currently serves as firm wide chair of the firm’s extensive litigation department. Among her leadership positions, Mayanne served as president of The Florida Bar from 2010 to 2011. Mayanne will the highest-ranking female managing partner of a Florida law firm.


Al DotsonAl Dotson Jr.  is Partner, member of the Executive Committee and the Land Development and Government Relations Practice Group Leader handling federal and local government procurement contracts and compliance at Bilzin Sumberg.  He also represents real estate developers in securing land use, zoning and other government approvals and permits for large-scale real estate developments and Public-Private Partnerships.


Maria Juncadella newMaria Juncadella, MBA CCIM, is Principal of Fairchild Partners, which she co-founded in 2005 with her husband, Jose I. Juncadella. She is involved in all aspects of the brokerage firm, including its management and brokerage activities. She oversees daily operations as co-qualifying broker. In addition to overseeing the daily operations, she is co-qualifying broker. Maria specializes in the sale and leasing of office properties in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, South Miami and Doral. She began her career as an agent with Metropolitan Life, where she was licensed in life, health and property & casualty.