CREW Pittsburgh would like to welcome Edie Hartman as a new member! Learn more about what inspires her in this Q&A:
What role do you play in the commercial real estate industry?
I am a licensed real estate salesperson functioning primarily in a business development role for a commercial real estate services firm.
How did you get started in your current position?
I spent a little over 13 years with my current company, Cushman & Wakefield | Grant Street Associates, Inc., starting in a research and communications role and expanding to include business development. I was recruited away for a chance to grow my skillset and experience other sectors of the industry but had the good fortune to return as Director of Business Development in the fall of 2021.
What are your interests and/or hobbies outside of work?
My interests at this stage mostly center on my kids’ activities, but when I have the time, I love reading, listening to podcasts and walking the trails with friends.
Where is your favorite place to go out in Pittsburgh (Strip District, zoo, cultural district, etc.)?
I’m a big advocate for Downtown Pittsburgh so the Cultural District is a favorite, but I also love the East End, the Strip and Lawrenceville.
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
I learned that there always are positive and important takeaways from an endeavor, even though the outcome may not be as expected or may not achieve the desired results. The process is incredibly valuable. I also learned that I am human, and that it is okay to ask for help.
What personal values have shaped your career?
I am a firm believer in performance with purpose. Understanding the bigger picture and connecting with the objectives of not only the organization I work for but also for the projects we pursue is incredibly important to me. I am fully committed to collaborating without ego and challenge myself always to lead with kindness and respect.
What are you hoping to achieve with your CREW membership?
CREW Pittsburgh represents an opportunity for growth for me through professional development and networking, but also through service projects and the chance to give back. I also look forward to connecting with CREW members across the country and expanding my network for greater collaboration.
What is the best professional and/or personal advice you have received and/or given?
Slow down and listen first. And also, to be persistent – to never give up on pursuits or initiatives that I feel passionate about and see the value in.
How do you achieve balance between work and home life?
It’s a juggling act, for sure. I try to maintain a consistent morning routine to start my day and my family’s day in a positive manner. I am not a natural morning person, but I have found that giving myself more time in the morning allows me to establish better balance and a greater sense of control over everything that comes my way from that point forward. Progress, not perfection!
Tell us something people may find surprising about you.
I grew up on my dad’s hobby farm in West Virginia, raising cattle, sheep, pigs and even chickens at one point.
Who inspires you and why?
My younger sister, Kiley. After many years climbing the corporate ladder and dedicating herself to her workplace and her craft, she achieved her dream of also being a mother. My niece, Avery, was born very prematurely – at 28 weeks – and has faced myriad medical and developmental obstacles. Despite this, she is thriving, and it is in no small part because of my sister’s care and advocacy for her from day one. Balancing work and home life is another level for Kiley, but she never complains. She embraces life – with all its lumps and bumps – in a way I aspire to emulate.
Where have you traveled? Where do you wish to travel?
My most memorable travel was to Europe after college and to Sweden to visit the exchange student who lived with my family for a year, which was a phenomenal experience. I’d love to go back to Europe and spend more time in the Mediterranean.
Do you have any pets? What kind(s) and what are their name(s)?
I have two (2) cats – Stella Tennant and Naomi Campbell. We tragically lost their sister, Paulina Porizkova, to cancer last year.