DEI Summit
DEI Summit
Nov 10, 3:00 PM EST
Online: 2 hrs

The NAREIM DEI Summit is focused on best practices and resources in recruiting diverse talent into real estate investment management. 


Bringing together real estate investment managers with diversity-focused partner organizations, members will discuss best practices for identifying and recruiting diverse talent to the industry, as well as hear case studies highlighting what is working and what is not working.


The meeting will focus on live projects currently underway in the industry to expand the pool of diverse candidates in investment management, as well as small group discussions, particularly internal corporate strategies for recruiting diverse junior and early stage talent. 


November 10, 2021

3pm-5pm ET

  • 3pm: Welcome comments

    • Reisa Bryan, Global Chief Operating Officer, Nuveen Real Estate; NAREIM DEI Committee Chair 


  • 3.05 pm: Overview of Talent: Mapping the Diversity Landscape Within Real Estate Investment Management

    • Executive search firm will join a real estate investment manager to share observations about the market for diverse, senior-level talent, and provide insights on current projects, as well as a roadmap for the industry's collective push to improve diversity at all levels of experience. (Format: 15-mins case study presentation)

    • Introduction by: Dave Kutayiah, Managing Director & Head of HR, Clarion Partners

    • Speakers: Shabnam Boettle and James Dell’Olio, SIGHTHOUND Search Partners

  • 3.20 pm: Partnership Case Studies & Group Discussion

    • 3-4 diversity-focused partner organizations will share their business and student recruitment models, discuss relationships and projects underway with real estate investment managers, offer best practices for identifying and recruiting diverse talent to the industry, as well as case studies highlighting what is working, what is not working, and the future vision of each organization (Format: 45-mins, 15 mins presentation by each firm followed by breakout group discussion for investment managers only)

    • Partner organizations and speakers include:

      • Ken McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer, REEC

        • Founded in 2003, the Real Estate Executive Council is a 501 (c) (6) professional trade association of minority men and women doing business in the commercial real estate industry. REEC members include the industry's most senior executives and rising stars, with backgrounds culminating in professional careers in investment, management, leasing, financing and property development.

      • Cedric Bobo, Co-Founder, Project Destined

        • ​Project Destined transforms minority youth into owners and stakeholders in their communities. With the careful guidance of its leadership team, Project Destined aims to produce the nation’s largest number of minority owners of real estate under the age of 18, one block at a time.

      • Jazmen Johnson, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, ICSC 

        • Through an immersive virtual learning experience and a paid summer internship, ICSC's Launch Academy provides rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors with the tools needed to successfully pursue a career in retail real estate.

      • Marcus Cole, Director, Future Housing Leaders

        • Future Housing Leaders connects college students to potential paid internship and entry-level job opportunities with top employers in the housing industry who are committed to diversity and inclusion. Future Housing Leaders also provides access to resources, including a peer network, and educational materials to help students succeed. Future Housing leaders reaches students across the country through partnerships with the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT).

  • 4.00 pm: Managers-Only, Closed-Door Roundtables: Executing an Adaptable Recruitment Plan by Better Leveraging Diversity-Forward Partnerships vs. Organically Building Recruitment Pipeline

    • In groups of no more than 6 per room, members will exchange recruitment best practices, discuss areas needing improvement and lessons learned, and brainstorm ways to integrate flexibility in order to attract, retain and nurture diverse candidates at early-stage through senior levels (Format: 40-mins, investment manager attendees split into breakout groups by type of recruitment model, partnership-based vs. organic/developed in-house)


  • 4.40 pm: Rapid-Fire Best Practices Sharing: Whole-Room Conversation & Key Takeaways

    • All attendees will reconvene to consolidate their questions and ideas around diversity recruitment in real estate investment management: What is working on DEI early stage-junior recruitment? What isn’t working? How are firms recruiting and developing diverse talent to succeed in senior level roles? What is teachable and what isn’t? Where can you be flexible with recruitment, and what opportunities does that open up? What is your plan and what steps What is working on DEI early stage-junior recruitment? What isn’t working? What are your next steps? What does that roadmap look like for firms of various scale, AUM, maturity, and performance of existing recruitment strategies? (Format: 20-mins, open-room Q&A)

  • 5pm: Closing comments

2021 DEI Partnership Sub-committee members

Chair: Reisa Bryan, Nuveen Real Estate 

Alexandra Williams, Barings Real Estate

Chasity Boyce, Barings Real Estate

June Munshi, The CenterCap Group

Dave Kutayiah, Clarion Partners

Helen Rivero, Gemini Rosemont Commercial Real Estate

Rachna Velamati, Heitman

Deena Goodman, PGIM Real Estate
Ken Dubas, Principal Real Estate Investors

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