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Women in Real Estate 2018: Savills Studley’s Davidson is a Change Agent

Lisa Davidson is an EVP in Savills Studley’s Chicago office, and leads one of the highest-performing office tenant advisory teams in the city. In her 30-plus years with the firm, she has executed more than 25 million square feet of transactions and has a diverse client portfolio that includes tech, nonprofits, professional service firms and major corporations.

An expert in reducing real estate costs for corporate space users, Davidson has developed an exceptional practice in the area of early lease restructuring. She has helped numerous firms achieve favorable economic terms through her proactive strategies.

These are just a few of the reasons we chose Davidson as one of the 2018 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect Media’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others.

Davidson is a change agent. As a senior leader in Chicago and nationally, she has been a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, and has driven a number of initiatives to hire, mentor, support and connect with women.

This past January, Davidson was named chief diversity officer at Savills Studley. Together, with the firm’s executive leadership team, she’s launching the “Building Inclusivity and Diversity” program, a conscious effort both to build awareness of career growth opportunities and to hire and mentor more women.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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