Pioneering Women Awards Honor Freeman, Hunter Roberts
May 13, 2016 — Publisher Sokol Media Online has honored Jenny Freeman, PE, LEED AP, as a keynote speaker and as a Pioneering Woman in Real Estate during their 15th annual awards gala, held at Club 101 in Manhattan last night. Sokol Media also recognized Hunter Roberts Construction Group as a pioneering construction firm for women.
Freeman, a Senior Vice President and Director of Healthcare, was recognized for the monumental expansion of Hunter Roberts’ healthcare practice on her watch. Key clients that have joined or expanded their role in the company’s portfolio during her three years at the helm include Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK), NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP), Mount Sinai Health Services, and Northwell Health.
Freeman told the packed house that she unintentionally downplayed her role as a woman in construction in order to focus on being the most competent person in the field. She attributes an awakening to her role as a mentor to reading the book “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg.
“This awareness has had a profound impact on my understanding of my role in the company today,” she said in her keynote. “I want to help the extraordinary women I work alongside without undervaluing talented men. I want to help mentor female builders through our women’s group at Hunter Roberts.”
Joining Freeman as honorees were several of Hunter Roberts’ partners, including Madeline Julian and Dr. Melissa S. Pessin of MSK. Both are working with Freeman on the construction of the new MSK Laboratory Medicine Building on East 64th Street.
Lisa Howlett, General Counsel at Hunter Roberts, accepted the firm award and spoke on the company’s behalf.
“Thanks to mentors like Jenny, organizations like GPWW, and companies like Hunter Roberts, women are beginning to expect a place at the boardroom table and a voice in the decisions made there,” she said.
Both Freeman and Howlett are active members of the Greater Place to Work for Women (GPWW), Hunter Roberts’ women’s initiative group that was established last year.
“Let’s take the momentum and good will generated by these accolades back to our offices. Let’s become agents of change,” Freeman said. “Mentor and embolden young women in your firms. Promote the advancement of women in our industries. Most of all, let’s encourage one another to think big and do incredible things.”