Black Real Estate Roundtable
The opportunity to network with other black professionals in the industry was amazing. Seeing so many intelligent, like-minded individuals in a room discussing our real estate in every aspect was amazing.
I loved interacting with people who share similar fears and success stories but also look like me. I formed a lot of great relationships that night. Thank you.
I loved the mixed arranged tables - very helpful for career starters still getting into the networking groove. Loved that it was not a overly large mega event and I still met a lot of people. Felt very comfortable.
NAREIM hosted its first Black Real Estate Roundtable gathering in New York City in April 2022, gathering almost 60 black professionals from within NAREIM member firms for networking and advocacy.
The meeting was intended to bring junior and mid-level professionals together with senior level and executive officer members – and during roundtable discussions, members heard that your advocates can be junior employees as well.
One member explained that feedback from junior members of the team can help those targeting leadership roles and responsibilities. It's not just about having an advocate senior to you, the member said - adding a junior person's ability to speak highly of them helped them secure a new role.
Other key highlights from the networking meeting included:
Having mentors and sponsors is important to helping you navigate your career and career path
Sponsorship is earned not given
Allies don't need to look like you. Lean on all your allies, whether they are black, white, male or female
Take advantage of mentorship when it is offered to you
Be strategic and tactical. What actions will help you drive your career and build relationships.
Use your voice and be heard
Black Real estate Roundtable 2022