We will be featuring one of the CARW NextGen participants. There are 24 commercial real estate professionals involved in the program – each with their unique story to share and individual motivation for involvement. This week’s featured NextGen’R is Dana Leland.
Name: Dana Leland
Title: Director of Workplace Strategy
Email: [email protected]
Dana majored in Engineering and Studio Art at Dartmouth College and always wanted a profession where she could be both creative and technical. She started her career at Eaton Corporation in a leadership development program—taking her from her hometown of Baltimore to Milwaukee. She fell in love with the small-town feel in a big city and 12 years later she is still here! In her time at Eaton, she had the opportunity to work as a design engineer, field application engineer, project manager, and product manager. She also completed her MBA at Marquette University during this time.
Q. What do you enjoy the most about commercial real estate?
A. The aspect of commercial real estate that I enjoy the most is that a successful project brings together experts from multiple industries. The fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment means I am always learning and meeting new people.
Q. Where did you grow up?
A. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. My first job in engineering took me to Milwaukee and I never left!
Q. Favorite thing about Wisconsin?
A. Wisconsin is the perfect blend of a small-town feel but with big-city amenities. And I love the incredible Lakefront!
Q. What made you choose commercial real estate?
A. I studied engineering, art, and business and wanted to find a role that offered creative, technical, and strategic elements. It is hard to find a field that brings these worlds together, but Commercial Real Estate does that and more!
Q. Is there anything else you would like to share with other members?
A. I love making new connections and am always open to meeting for coffee and a walk so does not hesitate to reach out to me for a quick break from the office and some fresh air.