Meet a Member – Cara Phillips

July 14, 2019
Written by: Triangle CREW
Name:        Cara Phillips
Company:  Phillips Architecture
Title:           Partner
What is your TCREW Story?  (i.e. When did you join TCREW and in what ways have you been active--committees, chair positions, etc):  I joined TCREW about 12-13 years ago.  I was starting to get to a point in my career where I needed a new mentor and was starting to do some business development for Phillips Architecture and needed to be around other women in the industry.  TCREW helped me come out of my introverted shell and be more comfortable around large groups of people I didn’t know, but eventually became great friends with some of them.  I joined the Community Involvement Committee which eventually let me to being on the Board of Directors.
What is your most significant TCREW connection?   How has your TCREW membership been impactful in your own personal growth and development?  Being on the Board of Directors under Heather Denny and Eve Pilkington when they were the Presidents of TCREW was my most significant TCREW connection.  When I was the COO of Phillips Architecture, I got to know Heather Denny (who at the time was the COO of McDonald York) and I met Jenna Geigerman of Citrix (at the time she was the COO of BJAC).  Both became great mentors to me and we got together and bounced ideas off of each other.
How do you see TCREW impacting the Triangle?  I see TCREW impacting the Triangle by empowering women to work with other powerful women in the industry.
How can we, as women in the commercial real estate industry, best make an impact in mentoring the next generation of women in CRE?  We as women in the commercial real estate industry can best make in impact in the next generation by taking the time and be willing to teach them what [we] know.  Get involved in the local universities and the programs related to your field.
What is one goal you would like to achieve through TCREW?  Meeting new people in the industry.
What is the best leadership advice you have been given or can give to others? 
  1.  Follow your dreams.  It’s never too late to do exactly what you want in life.  You can’t rely on others to make you happy.
  2.  It’s never your job to make your clients happy, you just need to help them solve their problems and usually that will make them happy.