Damon Becnel shares 10 female developers who are changing the real estate scene

In the male-dominated field of real estate development, it’s not easy for women to get a head start. Most developers are male, which is a huge barrier for female entrepreneurs entering the industry.

However, there are plenty of women in this field that have been paving their way towards success. In this article, Damon Becnel is highlighting 10 female developers who are changing the real estate scene.

1) Ada M. Healey

Ada M. Healey is the founder and president of Boston’s largest real estate development company, The Healey Development Corp. As a woman in an industry where men are so dominant, she had to work twice as hard for everything that came her way. She has been able to achieve many things throughout her career because of this mindset.


2) Andrea Olshan

Andrea Olshan is one of New York City’s top real estate brokers. She has been able to make her way up the ranks in a time where there was only one other woman on Team 1200! Her hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed, as she became president of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate last year.

3) Lucy Crow Billingsley

Lucy Crow Billingsley is a real estate mogul working in the industry for over 30 years. Before becoming CEO of BonTerra LLC, she managed properties and started up new retail spaces across New York City. She has also expanded her company to include international markets such as Dubai!

4) Veronica “Ronne” Hackett

As the president of Hackett Financial Services, Veronica “Ronne” Hackett is one of New York City’s top real estate agents. She started her career as an agent in 1986 and has since expanded to put on seminars teaching people how to become savvy investors!

5) Abby Hamlin

Abby Hamlin is the CEO of Landstar Development Group, a real estate development company that specializes in luxury residential properties. After being recognized by Realtor Magazine as one of their Top 100 Agents lists, she has earned quite the name!

6) Amy Bohutinsky

Amy Bohutinsky is the COO and Co-Founder of Zillow Group, including real estate websites such as Trulia and Streeteasy. Her company was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2016 and 2017. She was also recently included in the Forbes list for Women to Watch: Enterprise Technology.

7) Melissa Pianko

Melissa Pianko is the founder of Skylar Group, a real estate development company that specializes in creating re-sale condos and luxury rentals. She has created over 60 buildings in New York City, which have all met their desired goals!

8) Raluca Moneti

Raluca Monet is a real estate developer from London who has been on the rise as she’s disrupting the industry. Raluca Moneti co-founded MADE.COM, an innovative online furniture retailer that provides customizable home furnishing pieces via their website and app. They have managed to raise £47 million in investments so far with plans.

9) Deborah Ratner Salzberg

Deborah Ratner Salzberg is the president of Forest City Enterprises. Not only does she have a name that sounds like an awesome power couple, but she has been able to bring her expertise in management and marketing across all five boroughs! She has worked with over 50 buildings throughout New York City as well.

10) Helena Rose Durst

Helena Rose Durst is a real estate mogul that can create over 80 buildings throughout New York City! She specializes in developing and managing residential properties. It’s no wonder she made it onto the Forbes list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women!

Honorable mention: Danielle Garofalakiso

Danielle Garofalakis is a real estate developer and CEO of NYLO Hotels & Residences. Condé Nast Traveler has recognized this luxurious hotel brand as one of the top new hotels in America. At the same time, their Chicago location was recently awarded Best Hotel Design at the 2017 Boutique and Lifestyle Awards. NYLO aims to become one of the most influential brands for luxury travel experiences worldwide.

The ten women developers on this list are changing the real estate scene. Whether they’re working in cities across America or abroad, these ladies all have one thing in common – their tenacity to be successful and make a difference.

We hope this article has helped you learn more about the different ways that women are changing real estate and how to support them in their endeavors.

Photo by Sean Pollock