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Life and Work with Corina Irvin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Corina Irvin.

Corina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I graduated from USC with a business degree and an emphasis on real estate finance. I was interested in commercial real estate early on since I liked the entrepreneurial nature of the business. I saw the various roles within the commercial real estate industry and I was drawn to brokerage because of the focus on clients. I am excited to go to work every day because I get to know my clients and help them with their unique real estate requirements.

My journey would not have been possible without developing a network of strong women that encourage and support me professionally and personally. I was raised by my single mom and grandmother, I have two amazing sisters, and plenty of strong, brilliant women that I’m thankful to call friends and family. In large part because of these exceptional female role models, I accepted leadership roles that empower women such as volunteering as a Big Sister within the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, serving as a board member for the Marshall Women Leadership Board at USC and for Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW-LA). About two years ago, I combined my desire to support women with my career as a broker. I felt that there was something in the air. I saw more women collaborating with each other, starting their own businesses or becoming leaders in existing companies. I believe there is no better time than now for this rise in women leaders. Today, I have aligned my career with my commitment to women through my focus on the women entrepreneur community, women-focused brands, and women executives.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It most certainly has not been an easy road. Working in a male-dominated industry means we have to work hard to be heard, be more deliberate in building a network, and stay proactive in showing clients the value that we bring with our diverse experiences and ideas. I am motivated to help change the landscape in commercial real estate brokerage by advocating for women professionals, mentoring others, and seeking out clients who value me and the experiences I bring, including those that are unique to being a woman. It’s a lot like that quote: “See it, Be it.” If you see people like yourself who are visible and represented in an industry or community, it shows that you belong there and can reach those same achievements. I want women just starting their career to see me having both a rewarding career in brokerage while also thriving in all aspects of life. It is not always easy, and I am constantly working toward this balance. For me, that means always doing a great job for all of my clients, without sacrificing my most important job of all–being the best mom I can be to my amazing daughters Malaya and Isla.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a commercial real estate broker- creative office adviser. For me, the work means more than just finding an office for my clients. It’s about finding the right home for my client’s business; a space that meets their needs and supports their company’s future growth. I find a place that aligns with their brand, where they can be creative and inspired in order to take their business to the next level. I take great pleasure in assisting visionary business owners—many of whom are working moms like myself—in making their real estate experience easy, enjoyable, and successful.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Yes, without a doubt. I was raised by a single mom who worked multiple jobs to support four kids. She taught me through her love, hard work, and perseverance how to be resilient in the face of adversity. From her, I learned how to be grateful, regardless of the surprises that life springs at you. She taught me that it’s OK to fail as long as I grow from the experience and that you should never be defined by your past. Finally, I learned that life is a roller coaster, and sometimes the wisest thing you can do is accept and enjoy the ride – both the ups and the downs.

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