BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Roberta Dehman Hershon, Real Estate Sales, Founder of Hope in Bloom

BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Roberta Dehman Hershon, Real Estate Sales, Founder of Hope in Bloom

What is your name and occupation?

Roberta Dehman Hershon, Commercial and Residential Real Estate Sales and the founder of Hope in Bloom, a 10 year old non profit which plants free gardens at the homes of breast cancer patients in Massachusetts

What is your instagram handle?

@PiecesofShangrila

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

Less than a year

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

I grew up in the Boston suburbs

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

I am currently a commercial and residential realtor. I also manage Hope in Bloom, the non-profit I founded ten years ago after losing a childhood friend to breast cancer. The program plants gardens at the homes of breast cancer patients in Massachusetts. I freelance garden and food stories for Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Gardens, Southern Living and others. Prior to these two engagements, I was a professional chef and food writer for The Boston Globe, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine magazine and other national pubs. I also owned a PR company for 30 years, which specialized in the hospitality, design and horticultural industries.

What would your clients say about you and your company?

I believe my clients recognize my years of negotiating expertise, understanding of human nature and the marketplace. They recognize I have an outstanding network and am relentless when it comes to finding the right property for their needs . They also know I strive to create opportunities and secure the best outcomes for both parties. I am affiliated with the Number One real estate office in Needham since it opened 34 years ago.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Never underestimate the power of humor

What is your favorite book?

The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

My ability to listen before speaking

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Never compromise your standards to gain approval in a professional or personal situation

What is something that not many people know about you?

I have ultra sensitive skin and am allergic to the sun!

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