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  • Enterprise and organizational management

  • Diversity and inclusion

  • Coming in 2021 - defined contribution capital raising, structuring and organizational best practices


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of Executive management are women, minorities respectively

NAREIM, together with Ferguson Partners, has released the first corporate diversity

and inclusion benchmark for real estate investment management. From the data:

  • 15% of executive management positions are held by women, up from 12% in 2017

  • 15% of executive management positions are held by minorities, up from 10% in 2017


The benchmark continues the work of NAREIM’s benchmarking research and breaks down gender and ethnicity across seniority and job functions. 

Read the executive summary and overview here.


Candid, peer-to-peer conversations and best practice sharing through practitioner and executive officer meetings and online roundtables. 

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DC benchmark survey launched by NAREIM and DCREC

Capital Raising & IR

NAREIM and The Defined Contribution Real Estate Council​ (DCREC) is partnering to create a national defined contribution survey focused on DC capital flows into real estate and organizational metrics to build a DC market presence.

Diversity & Inclusion. An interview with StepStone Group


StepStone Group’s Global Head of Responsible Investing, Suzanne Tavill, says that the real estate sector is such an important employer that, by addressing D&I, the sector can have a material impact on improving social equity.

In the news: CRE Firms Place More Women, Minorities in Top Roles


CPE article: The representation of women and minority professionals at the executive management level in commercial real estate went on a notable upswing over the past four years, according to the latest NAREIM D&I survey,

Diversity & Inclusion: An interview with GCM Grosvenor


GCM Grosvenor opens up its data correlating performance and diversity and reveals there is no sacrifice of returns when investing in diverse real estate managers. A study of more than 250 diverse managers from 2012 through 2018 found an IRR or MOIC outperformance above industry benchmarks.

New: 2021 NAREIM Diversity & Inclusion Survey results


Women and minority professionals represented 15% of executive management positions, respectively, in real estate investment management, the 2021 NAREIM Diversity & Inclusion Survey has revealed.

Video: The How To of DEI

Talent Management

During the PERE America 2020 conference in November 2020, NAREIM CEO Zoe Hughes and Belay Investment partner Eliza Bailey discussed best practices on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for real estate investment managers and how strategies, processes and policies can be enduring and lasting.

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