Member Mondays - Cate Agnew

October 17, 2021
Cate Agnew
Chief Valuation Officer - Real Estate
Natixis CIB
CREWbiz Profile

How Many Years a CREWNY Member?
27

Fun Fact:
I'm passionate about PropTech and discovering new ways it can be used to break down barriers across economic and social strata; I participate with Oxford University's Pi Labs showcases for new PropTech apps and I'm constantly in awe of the richness of talent in the field.

On a whim, I made jam out of sugar plums from a weekend with friends in the Hamptons, and entered it in the NY State Fair. Won a blue ribbon... and never entered again.

What advice would you give on how to achieve work/life balance?
Let’s remove the word "work" from "work/life balance". The mosaic of life includes work as part of it, but work is not on equal par with "life". Think of all the things that you are, to each other, to your family, to your profession, to your passions. Finding how those pieces fit together, at different points of your life, is an achievement in and of itself.

Let’s think of it as "Life Balance".

How do you bring value to your company?
I’ve been so fortunate that my career has encompassed every part of the built environment, from dirt to destruction, debt to equity, private to public, and over a wide geography. I bring the value of that all to bear at Natixis. CREW has been a constant in my life for all of that, and CREW brings me continual refreshment of knowledge. I'm part of many different US and international organizations, and I find the deeper my involvement, the more knowledge I bring back to the firm. As a Trustee or Board member, it comes back to Natixis – and to each CRE organization that I’m part of.

What advice would you give your younger self?

  1. Get experience that’s the opposite of what you or your peer group are doing. If you are an accounting major, take a geology class. Learn an obscure language. If you live in a car culture, figure out one trip a week using public transportation.
  2. Plan for the future, but don't live there.
  3. The exception to #2 is retirement saving.
  4. Your hair looks fine.