Real persistence: Men dominate real estate development, but women make inroads

Years after Susan Harvey was hired in the mid-1990s to lead the Canton Township office of Ashley Capital, a New York City-based industrial and warehouse space powerhouse, the man who had brought her on board confided the one concern he had at the time: That she was “too nice” to be successful in the male-dominated real estate development industry.

She’s proven him wrong.

“His only reservation was how was I going to stand up to these big tough men,” said Harvey, senior vice president of the office, the portfolio of which has gone from 3 million to 20 million square feet under her leadership.

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