For many women who have reached the highest levels in the commercial real estate industry, gender is irrelevant when it comes to leadership. A number of women who are corporate leaders played a pivotal role in guiding their firms out of the recession, for instance.

The recession tested the leadership abilities of executives throughout the industry. But in its selection of 10 outstanding women in commercial real estate, National Real Estate Investor considered many factors, from the nominees’ standing and respect within the industry to their ability to cope with personal tragedy and step decisively into a new role.

In this special report, NREI salutes 10 outstanding women for 2010.

Profiles of Outstanding Women