Dividends Through Diversity Initiative

NAREIT has recently created the Dividends Through Diversity Initiative to promote the recruitment, inclusion and advancement of women in REITs and the broader commercial real estate industry. This Initiative seeks to achieve this mission through:

  • Sharing information
  • Providing education and career development opportunities
  • Hosting networking events
  • Mentoring
  • Sponsoring attendance at NAREIT’s events

The Dividends Through Diversity Initiative’s Steering Committee is made up of the following NAREIT members:

  • Diane Morefield, CFO, CyrusOne Inc. and Chair of the Steering Committee
  • Angela Aman, CFO, Brixmor Property Group Inc
  • Kelly Cheng, Director, Barclays
  • William Ferguson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ferguson Partners Ltd.
  • Leslie Hale, CFO and COO, RLJ Lodging Trust
  • Mary Hogan-Preusse, Founder and Principal, Sturgis Partners LLC
  • Lisa Kaufman, Managing Director, LaSalle Investment Management
  • Sheila McGrath, Sr. Managing Director, Evercore ISI
  • Marguerite M. Nader, President & CEO, Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc.
  • Sherry Rexroad, Managing Director-Global REITs, BlackRock
  • Martin (Hap) Stein, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Regency Centers Corporation
  • Tracy Ward, SVP, Investor Relations, Prologis, Inc.

NAREIT’s Senior Vice President, Industry & Member Affairs, Bonnie Gottlieb, is NAREIT’s liaison to this Initiative.

Inaugural Networking Reception

Diane Morefield

Steering Committee Chair Diane Morefield (at podium) addresses attendees at the Dividends Through Diversity Initiative kick-off in New York on June 7.

NAREIT kicked off this Initiative with a Dividends Through Diversity reception during NAREIT’s REITWeek on June 7. Members of the Steering Committee were on hand to explain the Initiative and its goals.

Short-Term Strategic Goals

  1. Hold at least two half-day programs/networking receptions over the next 12 months in conjunction with NAREIT meetings. These meetings will feature nationally-known speakers on diversity-related issues and career development, as well as Steering Committee and other NAREIT members.  
  2. Support the development of junior associates at REITs and other NAREIT member companies who exemplify outstanding leadership characteristics through sponsorships. Those who are chosen for these sponsorships will be invited to attend one NAREIT event with travel and hotel expenses covered and the opportunity to receive career mentoring by senior NAREIT member mentors.
  3. Curate and share studies and reports about women working in commercial real estate and on REIT boards of directors, as well as other relevant articles and studies about diversity in the U.S. and global commercial real estate industry.