As President of GLB, Latria Graham prides herself on her ability to effectively communicate and build relationships. With more than 10 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, she was the first-ever African-American woman to serve in an executive leadership role as Board Chair for Habitat for Humanity of Orange and Osceola County and has served on 11 other boards throughout her journey. She is also involved with Black Sports Professionals of Central Florida and the Brand Together Foundation, which focuses on mental health and inclusion.
What skills do you believe are key to your success/or what specific skills do you say are key to success in your industry or discipline?
I believe being a thorough problem-solver, being proactive, not reactive, and having the ability to build real human relationships is the key to success. I think technology inhibits some people into thinking electronic communication is the primary means of connecting with people. Nothing will ever replace picking up the phone or “video” to have real conversations. Mastering communication is a discipline that takes real skill and application.
Who do you consider to be the greatest influence in your career?
The founder of the Orlando Magic, Pat Williams. His work ethic was contagious, but even more, he cared about my career growth, cheered me on, and he was always honest, which is incredibly rare to find in business at times.
What is your favorite quote?
“But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of a man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” | 1 Corinthians 2:9