It’s no secret women dominate almost every industry they work in and this year, in honor of International Women’s Day, the world is coming together to celebrate the achievement of women across all industries who strive for excellence. This year’s theme is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” and Haute Residence is rounding up the top leading women in the real estate, architecture and design industries to recognize their individual merits and professional achievements in their work field and community. From the Sunshine State’s real estate power duo who have consecutively won the award for No. 1 Residential Real Estate team in Florida to the late legendary visionary mastermind Zaha Hadid and everyone else in between, this year’s International Women’s Day is filled with women who are successfully spearheading some of the industry’s leading companies as they set the tone for newer generations of working women.
The late Zaha Hadid was the visionary mastermind of some of the world’s most iconic architectural monuments and developments. For Hadid, the realms of architecture were endless as she felt there were more terrains and territories left to explore and became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. Some of Hadid’s must-see designs include The Riverside Museum in Scotland, Vitra Fire Station in Germany, Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul and the iconic One Thousand Museum, set to transform Miami’s skyline as the city’s most prestigious residential tower is set to debut later this year.
Jill Eber and Jill Hertzberg
With over 30 years of experience in the luxury real estate industry, Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber have become the leading real estate agents in the Magic City. The Jills’ extensive resume of selling luxury real estate have set an impressive, record-breaking sales and has made them Coldwell Banker’s No. 1 residential real estate large team in Florida for gross income commission. Outside of the incredible success in real estate, The Jills are also extremely involved in contributing to the community and ensuring they contribute to causes important to the city, including a variety of charitable groups including Habitat for Humanity, the Jewish Federation-Pacesetters, Ronald McDonald House Charities and United Way.
Joyce Rey is one of the most respected names in luxury real estate worldwide. With more than $4 billion in career sales, she has represented some of the most significant properties in the world. In addition to her successful professional life, Rey is extremely passionate and involved with philanthropic projects including UNICEF, Blue Ribbon and the Public Library Foundation.
With over 40 years of experience at the forefront of the interior design industry, Kelly Hoppen is one of the most sought-after designers in the world. Some of Hoppen’s most iconic projects include the One Shenzhen Bay in Hong Kong and the Hotel Murmuri in Barcelona. Unafraid to think outside the box, many design connoisseurs and industry peers have labeled her as the ‘Queen of Interior Design.’
Olivia Hsu Decker
Described as one of the nation’s best known residential real estate brokers, Olivia Hsu Decker is a leading figure in the real estate industry since the 1980s and co-owns Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty with 20 offices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hsu Decker is a devoted philanthropist and focuses on empowering women for equality in the business world.
Elizabeth Diller is one of four partners of the world-renowned firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro and has led the design development for some of the country’s most iconic museum buildings over the last decade. Diller’s ability to “turn a metaphor into brick and mortar” can be seen throughout the firm’s various projects including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Los Angeles’ Broad Museum.
Mayi De la Vega
Mayi De La Vega has become a cemented real estate professional with over 25 years of experience in the luxury real estate market. Founder and CEO of One Sotheby’s International Realty, De la Vega’s entrepreneurial spirit has been the key to her success in the cutting-edge industry. Aside from her mega-successful professional career, she also dedicates her time to the community through philanthropic organizations and educational programs.