Los Angeles, CA
Meet Yansy Naranjo
What is your role at Avison Young?
How did you get into commercial real estate?
I was in college, studying multi-media and needed a job, therefore I began seeking an office position. A small boutique commercial real estate firm was hiring, I applied and was hired, and stayed with them for five years. This opportunity was the foundation upon which my career was built and one that I quite obviously did not see coming.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
At the same commercial real estate company, one of the partners is a female broker (still practicing). She has been monumental in my development and has made a huge impact in my life. At the time, I was in my early 20’s with very little direction and had not experienced any prudent role models in my life that were women. LaVonne guided me through those five years and I am eternally grateful for her presence. Her leadership and encouragement was the guiding force that led me to firmly plant my feet in the real estate industry and pursue my career goals as a broker.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
No matter how hard it gets, do not give up. We all have been dragged through the mud in the process of building our careers. You’re not alone and don’t ever forget that its perfectly fine to ask for help.
How has Avison Young supported you as a woman in business?
Avison Young is a huge supporter of women in business, and aims to provide a platform for women within our company to network and collaborate. From day one, there has always been great provisioning and encouragement. There are several brokers that are women at AY and they all have been incredibly supportive and available.
What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed in the workplace?
To stay on course. Even if you fall off, jump back on. Learn as much as possible and ask all the questions no matter how small. This is an industry that comes with many rewards, self-accomplishment as well as being part of bringing someone’s dreams to fruition.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Most would be pleasantly surprised in learning that I am the President of the Foundation of Trustees for St. Anne’s in Los Angeles. St. Anne’s provides safe refuge for pregnant and mothering teens and offers several services including transitional and permanent housing, Early Childhood Education Centers, and Wraparound Approach Services. In 1993 when I was pregnant with my son Niko, who is now 26, I was also a resident of St. Anne’s. The St. Anne’s organization is extremely close to my heart and dear to me and one that I most certainly enjoy giving back to.