Glass ceilings? Closed doors? Not at JLL. We recognize the success and achievements of the amazing women throughout our firm. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’d like to highlight a few of the strong, smart, and ambitious women of JLL. We appreciate them not only this month, but every day. We hope they inspire you like they inspire us.
Meet Julie Kilpatrick
Vice President/Market Lead, Project & Development Services
In addition to managing my diverse projects, my role as Market Lead for San Diego is to manage all RFP’s and proposals for existing and new clients. I also serve as executive oversight for my team to staff their projects, define the scope and support them, negotiate and ensure adherence to the contracts or MSA. Finally, I carry profit and loss responsibility for San Diego and lead pursuits when we partner with brokerage and other service lines.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to either be a pilot or a lawyer
How did you get into commercial real estate?
Like a lot of people in our industry, I fell into real estate through another avenue. I went to school for business and architecture and somehow knew I never wanted to work in an architecture firm. I enjoyed design and the financial side of the equation, so I found a career mixing the two – simple as that!
What is a typical day for you?
Wake up early and answer emails and catch up on market news of the day. Then I try and get a workout in, get back home, and wake up my children to spend the morning routine with them. I usually drop them off at school at around 8:00 a.m. Then it’s off to a job site, jumping on another conference call, a meeting, or into the office–making for a jam packed day-’til about 4:00 p.m., when I try and head back to my home office to finish-up work. I break for a few hours in the evening to spend time with my family. After the kids’ bedtime, I get back on the computer and wrap-up any unfinished emails or prepare for the next day.
Who was the biggest influence in your life?
My mother…she’s an amazing mother and human being with infinite amounts of energy, passion and wisdom!! She claims it’s salty air from daily beach walks and diet coke.
What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
If you are five minutes early, then you are already late. People’s time is extremely valuable and there is simply no substitute for solid preparation. Show up ready to go and well prepared.
How do you measure success?
In the work setting, I measure success by ensuring my clients are consistently delighted and entrusting me with the tough decisions. In life, I feel most successful when my husband and children are all happy, well-fed, well-dressed and well-prepared for whatever it is they need to take on that day.
How do you achieve work/life balance?
I haven’t…it’s something I struggle with everyday.
How has JLL supported you as a woman in business?
JLL has supported me through different roles and increases in breadth of opportunities and responsibilities-when I was ready for them as well as when I wasn’t ready for them, but my team of managers felt I was. The firm has a people-first mindset that we live and implement both internally and externally, through formal networking and mentorship programs and opportunities, as well as informally, through a strong support organization and team environment. I have always made it a priority on my teams to check-in with each and every one of them to see how things are going, how can I help, and how can we continue to execute more efficiently.
What advice would you give to young women who want to success in the workplace?
Find your passion, always stay curious, and seek out mentors; both informally and formally.
If you wrote a book, what would the title be?
What To Do With an Extra Five Minutes (see #5)
JLL has been named one of the Top Companies for Executive Women for third straight year by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). Read more.
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