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Collete English Dixon
Collete English Dixon
“Not only has she been an effective spokesperson for women in the field. Collete has also been a mentor to many women in the industry." Michelle Owens VP and National Counsel for National Commercial Services, First American Title Insurance Co. in Chicago

Collete English Dixon, executive director of Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, will receive Commercial Real Estate Executive Women (CREW) Chicago’s 2018 Industry Achievement Award.

Recognized for her 30-year career as a high-achieving female executive in commercial real estate, English Dixon joined Roosevelt as head of the Heller College’s real estate program in June 2017.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by my colleagues at CREW,” said English Dixon, who previously was executive director for transactions at PGIM Real Estate, a business unit of Prudential Financial, where she co-led the national investment dispositions program and oversaw the sale, acquisitions and joint venture structures of more than $11.4 billion.

Given annually by CREW Chicago, the award recognizes a profile woman in commercial real estate who has helped most to raise the profile of women working in the industry in the Chicago area.

“Collete has worked tirelessly on behalf of CREW at both the local and national levels,” said Jeanne Peck, director at Berkadia in Chicago and a member of the Programs Committee, which organizes the award event for the 300+-member CREW Chicago.

“She has certainly helped to build the organization and to further our mission of positively impacting the commercial real estate industry by advancing the power and success of women.”

“Not only has she been an effective spokesperson for women in the field. Collete has also been a mentor to many women in the industry,” added Michelle Owens, vice president and national counsel for National Commercial Services at First American Title Insurance Co. in Chicago and chair of the event. “It is remarkable to now see her trailblazing as a leader, role model and mentor in real estate education.”

Since joining Roosevelt, English Dixon has led the University’s annual real estate gala, which raised more than $200,000 last fall, and its semi-annual Fogelson Forum events, which welcome leading experts in the field to Roosevelt for informative discussions on latest developments/trends in real estate today.

English Dixon will deliver the keynote and receive CREW Chicago’s 2018 Industry Achievement Award on Feb. 22 at the Standard Club in Chicago.

“To be selected for this honor is humbling.  I see it as an opportunity and another way for me to connect Roosevelt’s real estate program with the commercial real estate industry, which is extremely important to the program and our students,” said English Dixon.

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