Dividends Through Diversity Initiative

Nareit has created the Dividends Through Diversity Initiative to promote the recruitment, inclusion and advancement of women in REITs and the broader commercial real estate industry.

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

  • Expanding knowledge about diversity in REITs and the commercial real estate industry
  • Providing education and information to supplement career development of women
  • Building a community of men and women in the REIT and commercial real estate industry
  • Sponsoring attendance at Nareit’s events

 

Strategic Goals

  1. Host an annual forum dedicated to convening Nareit membership to learn and discuss best practices. 
  2. Hold networking receptions in conjunction with REITwise, REITweek, and REITworld. These programs will feature nationally-known speakers on diversity-related issues and career development, as well as Nareit members. 
  3. Curate and share studies and reports about women and members of other diverse groups 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 the global commercial real estate industry. 
  4. Commission and produce research relating to diversity in the REIT and commercial real estate industry.
  5. Connect senior Nareit women and members of other diverse groups who are interested and available to serve on REIT boards with search firms.
  6. Faciliate a meeting with leanding commerical real estate assocations to explore opportunites to collablorate on diversity and inclusuion matters. 

The Dividends Through Diversity 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.
  • Kelly Cheng, Director, Barclays
  • William Ferguson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ferguson Partners Ltd.
  • Leslie Hale, CFO and COO, RLJ Lodging Trust
  • Lisa Kaufman, Managing Director, LaSalle Investment Management
  • 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, Prologis, Inc.

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

  • Edmund Brady, III, SVP & Chief HR Officer, Ventas, Inc.
  • Deborah Coombs, SVP-Property Operations, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
  • Denise Dank, SVP-Chief HR Officer, Duke Realty Corporation
  • Leah Landro, VP-HR, Kimco Realty Corporation
  • Christine Riley, Director, Talent & Diversity, Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.
  • Carolyn Carter Singh, EVP-Chief Talent Officer, Brixmor Property Group Inc.
  • Christy Stone, SVP-Human Captal, Welltower
  • Tracy Ward, SVP, Investor Relations, Prologis, Inc.
  • Mandi Wedin, VP-Asset Management, Washington REIT

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

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