The only one in the room: How the Bay Area’s real estate industry is grappling with diversity

A few years ago, Angeles Garcia, project director with McCarthy Building Cos., attended a dinner meeting with more than a dozen colleagues to chart progress on a high-profile project.

Ideas were flowing and all was going well until one person pointedly asked her if she felt comfortable being the only woman there.

“It took me completely by surprise,” Garcia said. “In my head, I was thinking, ‘Why is it that he’s asking me this question? Haven’t I earned my seat at the table?’”


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