Dividends Through Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Nareit has created the Dividends Through Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) Initiative to promote the recruitment, inclusion and advancement of women and members of other diverse groups in REITs and the broader commercial real estate industry.

This Initiative seeks to achieve our mission for REITs and the broader commercial real estate industry through:

  • Expanding knowledge about successful practices for developing, implementing and enhancing diversity and inclusion (D & I) policies and programs;
  • Providing education and information to supplement career development of women and members of other diverse groups;
  • Building a community of men and women in Nareit who support this initiative; and 
  • Facilitating Nareit events, or sessions within larger events, when D & I issues are discussed.

Strategic Goals

  1. Hold networking receptions and/or programs in conjunction with REITwise, REITweek, REITworld, and REITworks.
  2. Curate and share studies and reports about women and members of other diverse groups working in commercial real estate and serving on REIT boards of directors, as well as other relevant articles and studies about D & I in the U.S. and the global commercial real estate industry. 
  3. Commission and produce research relating to D & I  in the REIT and commercial real estate industry.
  4. Connect senior Nareit women and members of other diverse groups who are interested and available to serve on public company boards, including REITs and REOCs, with search firms doing REIT and REOC board searches, as well as with Nareit REIT CEOs who are interested.
  5. Facilitate meetings with leading commercial real estate associations to explore opportunities to share information and to collaborate on D & I  matters. 
  6. Present annual awards to a Nareit individual and member company. See below.
  7. Consider joining CEO Action and Paradigm for Parity, two large national coalitions of CEOs and senior executive across multiple sectors, with a focus on enhancing various D&I programs.
  8. Consider creating a DDI mentorship program within Nareit.

Diversity & Inclusion Recognition Awards

Nareit’s Diversity & Inclusion Recognition Awards honor both a Nareit member company and an individual member who have demonstrated a strong commitment and made outstanding contributions to the advancement of diversity and inclusion within their companies as well as in the REIT and publicly traded real estate industry. 

Nareit Diversity & Inclusion Survey

Sponsored by Nareit and conducted by FPL Associates L.P., this annual survey provides insight into what REITs are doing with regard to diversity & inclusion (D&I), including recruitment, retention, promotion, training, and any external D&I activities.

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

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

The Dividends Through Diversity and Inclusion Initiative’s Action Team is made up of the following Nareit members: 

  • Jenny Bean, SVP-HR, Duke Realty Corporation
  • Edmund Brady, III, SVP & Chief HR Officer, Ventas, Inc.
  • Pam Byrne, VP, Human Capital, Welltower
  • Carolyn Carter Singh, EVP-Chief Talent Officer, Brixmor Property Group Inc.
  • Mark Delisi, VP, Corporate Responsibility and Energy Management, AvalonBay Communities
  • Leah Landro, VP-HR, Kimco Realty Corporation
  • Christine McElhinney, Senior Manager, Corporate Resonsibility, AvalonBay Communities
  • Tracy Ward, SVP, Investor Relations, Prologis, Inc.
  • Dawnita Wilson, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, JBG Smith

Nareit’s Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, Bonnie Gottlieb, is Nareit’s liaison to this Initiative.

Latest Diversity News

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    3/17/2020

    What Corporate Governance Issues are Currently Top of Mind?

    REIT magazine spoke with three REIT General Counsels about current corporate governance issues.
  • REIT Magazine
    2/3/2020

    Evercore ISI Analyst Recognized for REIT Advocacy

    Sheila McGrath, a senior managing director covering equity REITs and real estate operating companies at Evercore ISI, was the recipient of the 2019 Nareit Industry Achievement Award.
  • REIT Magazine
    2/3/2020

    A Seat at the Table

    The awareness of how important and valuable diversity and inclusion are to an organization and society is growing.

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