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Julie Steffen-Layda, JLL

Managing Director, Head of International Desk at JLL; Chicago, IL; Mom of Annabelle, 1

Julie started with JLL in Shanghai in 2007 as a transaction manager and assumed roles of increasing responsibility and scope. She moved from Asia to the U.S. in 2010, joining JLL’s International Desk (iDesk) in California. In 2012, Julie relocated to Chicago and established the iDesk’s Midwest hub. In March 2018, Julie assumed global leadership of the iDesk team.

The iDesk is involved with commercial real estate transactions that span multiple geographies, countries and cultures. The global team provides linguistics support and education regarding cultural differences so commercial real estate deals, projects and strategic advice can be completed smoothly and efficiently. Since its inception, the iDesk has improved JLL’s client experience and contributed to the growth of the firm globally. The team is working on more than 400 transactions.

Outside of work, Julie dedicates her free time to her family. Making meals together and going out to eat are common activities, and they also love to travel. Julie appreciates JLL’s results-oriented culture because it emphasizes client satisfaction regardless of whether it’s achieved working traditional office hours or remotely during nontraditional hours.

JLL says: “Born and raised in Berlin and educated in the U.K., Julie’s international and multilingual background make her a great fit for her current role at JLL.”

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