Rising Star Award Kayma Liburd JLL
After working on Wall Street, in management consulting and then as an HR recruiter, Kayma Liburd made the successful transition to commercial real estate and JLL just four years ago, quickly rising to the level of vice president. She receives high praise from JLL management and clients alike. JLL colleagues and mentors say she learned the industry largely on her own proactively seeking the resources and skills needed to do her job well. They credit her with sourcing most of her own business and building a strong network in a town where she was still a relative newcomer. Her clients say she is smart demonstrating foresight early in negotiations to create a more competitive position to close the deal. They say she is good at helping both parties understand each other with a true win-win spirit while staying laser focused on the project schedule. She is known to work closely with the client long after the transaction phase, to transition them seamlessly to the landlord and property management team. Her colleagues and competitors outside of JLL regard her astute communications skills, tenacity and poise especially in dealing with some demanding clients. Being involved in the community is clearly important to Kayma. She is on the board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a coach for Girls on the Run, on the fundraising committee for the Women and Wine industry event supporting the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and participates in events like Cycle for Survival. She is on the interview committee for Bowdoin College and is also the social chair for Bowdoins local Club. Kayma does all this while working on her Masters in Real Estate through Georgetown University.