RE Journals Interviews Duke Realty Female Leader, Susan Bergdoll

International Women's Day Feature Article

On March 8, 2022, International Women’s Day, RE Journals published it’s interview with Susan Bergdoll, SVP and regional leader for Duke Realty’s Chicago, Minneapolis and Indianapolis markets. Bergdoll shared her career story and what it means to be a woman in what has been a male-dominated industry. A portion of the article and interview is below.


International Women’s Day: Obstacles and opportunities, according to Duke Realty’s Susan Bergdoll

Susan Bergdoll, senior vice president and regional leader for Duke Realty’s Chicago, Minneapolis and Indianapolis markets

Building a career in any field is no easy feat. For a woman in a predominantly male industry, it comes with unique challenges.

But as some might view womanhood as an obstacle, Susan Bergdoll, SVP and regional leader for Duke Realty’s Chicago, Minneapolis and Indianapolis markets, views it through a lens of opportunity.

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day by highlighting Susan’s empowering perspective.

What led you to a career in CRE? 
Susan Bergdoll: Fresh out of college, I took a job working for the Mayor of Indianapolis. During the two years I was there, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Hefner, the then CEO of Duke Realty. As I looked to transition away from politics and working for the government, my dad encouraged me to establish a career rather than find another job. That’s when I contacted Tom who said, “Come on out. Not sure what we’ll do with you, but my philosophy is to hire good people when you find them.” That’s how I landed at Duke Realty. It was here that I developed my career in this industry.

What hurdles do you face working in a career still largely dominated by men? 
Bergdoll: I really don’t feel like there are hurdles in this business, right now. I choose to see opportunities afforded to me as a female. People remember you when you’re different. Consider this: Potential tenants may tour eight warehouses that all look the same. If that tenant prospect only remembers the building because the person who showed them the building was a woman, and it helps close the deal, then I’ll take it.

To continue reading this article and interview, click HERE.