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A Conversation with Roxanne Donovan, President of Great Ink


We continue our Common Ground campaign for Gender Equality, as we salute the women of real estate! There are so many pioneers in the field; women who have blazed the way for others to follow. We’re proud to shine a spotlight on them. Here’s to every achievement earned, every milestone passed, and every glass ceiling shattered!

ROXANNE DONOVAN, President – Great Ink Communications

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Roxanne Donovan, President – Great Ink

Ms. Donovan is President of Great Ink, one of the country’s leading real estate-focused public relations firms, a business she founded in 1992. Her firm represents the full spectrum of the industry—commercial, residential, finance, legal, construction, design, advisory, information services, and trade organizations in New York and nationally. In addition to securing controlled, steady positive media coverage for her clients, she’s expert in crisis communications, and is a trusted branding advisor for companies, and marketing consultant for their assets. Check out her full and impressive bio here.

We’re grateful and delighted for the opportunity to have talked with Roxanne for our Common Ground campaign – to hear about her career, her achievements, and her advice and encouragement for other women. Click on any or all of the videos to see Roxanne’s thoughtful responses.

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 were some obstacles or challenges you faced along the way on your career path?

Q: In what ways do you think gender inequality impacts women in your field?

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: As part of our campaign for gender equality, we’re working with Bottomless Closet, a local non-profit that helps disadvantaged women who are transitioning from unemployment and public assistance into the workplace. Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for these women who are attempting to find work and establish a career – in any field – in spite of severe hardship?

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

Thanks to Roxanne Donovan for being part of our Pace Common Ground Trailblazers feature… and for sharing her unique experience and career insights! Stay tuned for our next Common Ground feature, as we continue to share this important campaign for Gender Equality throughout 2017.