A Conversation with Jennifer McLean of Kushner Companies

A Common Ground Conversation with Jennifer McLean

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Jennifer McLean

We’re pleased to present the latest feature in our Common Ground campaign for Gender Equality, as we turn the spotlight on Jennifer McLean. Jennifer is Chief Financial Officer for Kushner Companies – and a true pioneer in the real estate world. We’re proud to highlight many trailblazers like Jennifer this year; women who are anything but common – having paved the way for so many others to follow. Here’s to every achievement earned, every milestone passed, and every glass ceiling shattered!

JENNIFER MCLEAN, Chief Financial Officer – Kushner Companies, a diversified real estate organization headquartered in New York City

Kushner Companies is responsible for the ownership, management, development and redevelopment of a vast portfolio. Their national reach consists of more than 20,000 multi-family apartments, as well as 13 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Illinois. As Chief Financial Officer, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing all accounting, HR and IT functions for the Company and all affiliates.

Click on any or all of the videos below to see Jennifer’s thoughtful responses and reflections.

Q: How did you get your start in the real estate industry?

Q: Did you or do you have any role models in the industry, or someone who influenced you in a significant way in the field?

Q: What are some obstacles or challenges you faced along the way on your career path?

Q: Have you seen changes in gender equality since you started in the field?

Q: What’s one major milestone or achievement you can share from your career?

Q: Is there something you would still like to accomplish in your career?

Q: What advice would you give to women who may be starting out, trying to break in, or trying to advance in the field?

Q: Last question, on a more lighthearted note: what’s the last great book you read or show you binged?

Thank you to Jennifer McLean for participating in our Pace Common Ground Trailblazers campaign! Stay tuned for more Common Ground features, as we continue this campaign for Gender Equality in the weeks and months ahead.

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