Golub & Company Honors the Late Debbie Frank with Fund to Support Emerging Women Leaders in Real Estate
Golub & Company has launched the Debbie Frank Legacy Fund, an initiative of the Golub Family Foundation, to support the professional development of women in real estate in honor of the late Debbie Frank, an accomplished leader in the Chicago commercial real estate (CRE) industry who directed Golub’s Commercial Leasing Group for 14 years. The fund will contribute annually to organizations that are dedicated to education, mentorship, and community involvement. For 2021, the Debbie Frank Legacy Fund’s inaugural year, the primary beneficiaries will be the impactful scholarship programs offered by CREW Network Foundation and The Goldie Initiative.
“Debbie inspired so many people and accomplished so much professionally during her time at Golub,” said Paula Harris, managing principal. “To honor her memory, we hope to nurture the next generation of women leaders in real estate and want to help them find their own ‘unbridled awesome’ just as Debbie did during her short life.”
To honor Frank’s fun-loving spirit, Golub & Company will host a fundraiser for the Debbie Frank Legacy Fund on September 30, 2021 at Joe’s Bar on Weed St. The inaugural Debbie’s Buck-it Bash will feature a performance by renowned Chicago party band Dr. Bombay.
About Debbie Frank:
A graduate of the University of Texas and Kent College of Law, Debbie created a compelling 22-year career in commercial real estate, including most recently as senior vice president of leasing for Golub & Company. Throughout her career, she was known for being a proactive problem-solver and relationship-builder with great energy and empathy.
Debbie died from cancer at the age of 44 in December 2020, leaving behind her husband, young daughter and numerous family members, friends, colleagues and peers who remember her for her brilliance, unique personality, sharp sense of humor, and boundless compassion.
Frank always advocated for the advancement of women in the industry and was a mentor to many women real estate professionals both within Golub and in the greater Chicago CRE community. She was a member of CREW Chicago and COLBA (Chicago Office Leasing Brokers Association) and also participated in The Honeycomb Project, a nonprofit organization with a focus on family volunteering. The Debbie Frank Legacy Fund aims to capture Frank’s commitment to boosting others and helping them achieve great things in their lives and careers.