Arlena Hawthorne’s forte is working in commercial real estate

Arlena Hawthorne is Commercial Relations Manager at Wells Fargo

Arlena Hawthorne is Wells Fargo’s Commercial Relations Manager. She was present at black business Power Women Summit in Las Vegas.

Hawthorne spoke with deployment about her role at Wells Fargo, how she got involved in commercial real estate, and what black men can do to better protect black women.

What things are you all focused on at Wells Fargo to help the black community?

We try to bring a lot of young African Americans or people of color into the community by engaging them in panels and conferences that we host. For example, I work in commercial real estate and investment management, so we’re really trying to tap into talent to engage them on Wall Street and get more involved in commercial real estate.

Who is the person who got you involved in commercial real estate?

My grandfather actually had a construction company. Coming here, I hadn’t realized the value of entrepreneurship and having your own business and running it. I worked there at a younger age, and so here I am now, still in the business, but on the business side and learning a lot.

How do you connect people to real estate opportunities?

It is [by] build relationships, no matter where you are, or who you are, and no matter what socio-economic area you represent. It is about transmitting this knowledge.

How can black men better protect black women?

I just think I’m there [and] support the efforts of women. Of course, there have been challenges, but certainly, opportunities are opening up. I think what men can do is just really stick together and keep opening those doors. Let’s walk side by side to build better communities.

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