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Building a pipeline and the realities of DEI partnerships


November 10, 2021

During the NAREIM DEI Summit, members discussed the realities of recruiting diverse talent and the challenges of building pipelines organically, as well as using diversity-focused partners.

As the tight labor market makes recruitment even harder, members shared ideas on what was working, and not working within their organizations, and discussed - in manager-only sessions - the DEI policies and strategies that were showing results.

Please see below for the presentations from the meeting.

Partnership Case Studies 

  • REEC, with Ken McIntyre, Chief Executive Officer
    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. To download the presentation, click here.

  • ICSC with Jazmen Johnson, Director, Diversity & Inclusion
    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. To download the presentation, click here.

  • Future Housing Leaders with Marcus Cole, Director
    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), Project Destined, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust (NAREIT), The Urban Land Institute, and Wall Street Prep. To download the presentation, click here.

To access the attendee list for the meeting, contact Sanyu Kyeyune at

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