Molly Heath: Leading Life Sciences Leasing in Cambridge

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Molly Heath

BOSTON–Molly Heath, who serves as a Senior Managing Director on the Cambridge team within the leasing practice at JLL’s Boston office, has been playing a vital role in the area’s life science ecosystem.

A crime book lover, Ms. Heath believes that success means family first and being a good teammate and partner to her colleagues.

“For me, success is family first – that my children and husband know how much I love and adore them,” says Ms. Heath. “Success also means providing trusted and valued advice to clients and guiding them through real estate solutions that will help drive the success of their projects and organizational goals. Success also means being a good teammate and partner to my colleagues.”

Ms. Heath will be honored as the Outstanding Women of Commercial Real Estate 2024 by the Boston Real Estate Times on Feb. 22, 2024 at its Annual Awards gala at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA. To register for the gala, please click here.

Ms. Heath has over 20 years of experience as a strategic real estate advisor to investors and users within varied industry sectors, with a special focus in the technology and life sciences sectors in the Cambridge, Boston, and Inner Suburban markets.

She joined JLL from Trammell Crow Company, where she worked with tenants and corporate clients in the Greater Boston market and nationwide. Prior to Trammell Crow Company, Ms. Heath spent three years working under former Lieutenant Governor Thomas P. O’Neill III at O’Neill and Associates, LLC.  She provided community relations services for local and national development firms including community outreach; permitting, zoning and licensing services; and local government relations.

Ms. Heath was also recently selected for and is participating in JLL’s National Leadership Council Advisory Board.

JLL, a leading global commercial real estate and investment management company, has helped clients buy, build, occupy, manage, and invest in a variety of commercial, industrial, hotel, residential, and retail properties. A Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $20.9 billion and operations in over 80 countries around the world, JLL has more than 103,000 employees.

Here is Q/A with Ms. Heath:

Boston Real Estate Times: What do you enjoy most about your work?

Molly Heath: What I enjoy most encompasses two things: A love for my highly collaborative team and the opportunities to mentor and learn from new and diverse perspectives—secondly, playing a role in the life science ecosystem while building relationships with clients who often become friends and mentors. And ultimately, seeing them succeed with innovations that impact people and humanity itself and will continue to do so for years and generations to come.

BRET: What do success and failure mean to you?

MH: For me, success is family first – that my children and husband know how much I love and adore them. Success also means providing trusted and valued advice to clients and guiding them through real estate solutions that will help drive the success of their projects and organizational goals. Success also means being a good teammate and partner to my colleagues.

Failure for me is not when things don’t turn out as planned – because those moments come with lessons and opportunities for success. But failure is a lack of effort and trying, and I hope that’s never the case and I give my all every day.

BRET: What is the one thing you attribute your success to?

MH: I attribute my success to being a highly responsive, involved, and caring broker – that, coupled with a commitment to my clients, their trust, and, ultimately, their success.

BRET: To which charitable, community and professional groups do you belong and why?

MH: I am a member of JLL’s National Leadership Council Advisory Board, its mentor-mentee and maternity support program in Boston, and other groups within JLL. In the community, I am involved in my children’s school’s parent programs, including the Eliot School in Boston.

BRET: In what way do you feel you have most positively influenced or served the local community, your company/organization or professional field?

MH: I played a critical role in shaping and supporting the creation of JLL’s maternity support network and am passionate about supporting, mentoring, and learning from young women.

BRET: Is there any aptitude, gift, or talent that not many people know about you?

MH: I can drink many cups of coffee in a day.

BRET: What are your hobbies and interests?

MH: Outside of my work in commercial real estate, I love to be outdoors, engage in physical activity and training, and spend time with my kids, husband, brothers, and extended family.

BRET: Your favorite books?

MH: I am a true-crime book lover and an admirer of author and professor Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and bestselling author who shares insights on how people can find motivation and meaning and live more generous and creative lives.

BRET: Your favorite quotes?

MH: “We live in a rapidly changing world, where we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do think.”

BRET: The one person you would like to meet and why?

MH: If there’s one person I could meet in this world, the list is long, but at the moment, it would be Adam Grant.

BRET: Your core values you try to live by?

MH: Core values that I carry through my life and work are to listen more than you speak, to act as you’d like to be treated, and to always remember that laughter and humor go a long way.

BRET: What inspires you?

MH: I am inspired by underdog stories – and overcoming adversity. The work of my life sciences clients is also a great inspiration for almost everything within real estate and beyond. Knowing that my work plays a small role in propelling and supporting innovations that ultimately lead to cures and much more is also a big inspiration. Most importantly, I am inspired by my children.

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