Layden is among 22 outstanding women from a range of professions and diverse backgrounds who were nominated by CRBR readers and selected by a panel of judges. These women make the Midlands a better place to work and to live, bringing passion to their professional positions and commitment to their community causes. They all share a drive to excel in their individual pursuits while finding ways to lift others as they climb. They were honored during a luncheon at the DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia on November 30.
“Mickey is a consummate professional and an accomplished leader in our community, and we are proud to see her recognized as a recipient of this award,” said John Folsom, President & CEO of Colliers | South Carolina, LCK’s commercial real estate brokerage and property management partner. “She has contributed significantly to the commercial real estate and construction industries in the Midlands and across the state as well as numerous professional and nonprofit organizations. Her impact will be felt for many years to come.”
Layden is the President/CEO of LCK, the project management partner of Colliers | South Carolina. Founded in 1994, LCK is a certified woman-owned business that serves clients throughout the state through a regional network of offices in Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston. LCK currently has nearly $1 billion in project management volume.
She also serves as Executive Vice President and Principal of Colliers | South Carolina with executive leadership responsibility for the firm’s Real Estate Management Services (REMS) division. The REMS staff of nearly 55 property management and maintenance professionals manages over 17.5 million square feet of space across the state. Her primary focus within both Colliers and LCK is business development, consulting, advisory services and strategic planning.
Layden currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Community Bank and is a member of the Midlands Business Leadership Group (MBLG). She has served in leadership roles of many other organizations and community projects throughout her career, including being a past Chair of the Board of Transitions and Committee of 100. She served as Secretary of the YMCA of Columbia Board of Directors and was also on the Board of Trustees of South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. She has served in senior leadership roles at the national level within the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), including Senior Vice President for Membership, IREM Foundation Board Member, IREM Faculty member and chair of numerous other committees within the organization.
Layden holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Property Manager (CPM) designations.
In 2020, she was named to both the “50 Most Influential People in Columbia” by Columbia Business Monthly and “Influential Women in Construction of the Midlands” by Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina.