Head of Office Leasing Munich, Germany
Meet Carmen Goldschmitt
What is your role at Avison Young?
Head of Office Leasing in Munich.
How did you get into commercial real estate?
An old friend asked me to build a subsidiary of a private bank (as brokers for commercial real estate) in Munich. I had no idea about commercial real estate, because I came from the residential side, but he insisted and the CEO told me that the way you deal with people is important and not just commercial knowledge - you will learn everything by doing it.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
The biggest influence in my life was my mother, who I lost at an early age (she was just 45 years old). I learned very early how important every minute is and you can’t waste time with the wrong things and people. What is the best advice you've ever received?
Be honest and friendly to everybody, be yourself and act responsibly. It is more difficult to achieve a good reputation than to lose it.
And the advice I would give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace is to be authentic, learn to say NO sometimes. Be interested and keen to learn from everybody. How Has Avison Young supported you as a woman in business?
There was never any question of whether I am a woman or a man, although I am the only female professional in Germany who is a leader. We also have female leaders in HR, Marketing and Research.