03/08/2022 | by

Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day are moments to reflect on female professionals who have an essential role in making the REIT industry more diverse and successful, and in celebration this March, Nareit is sharing REIT stories.  

Host Hotels & Resorts (Nasdaq: HST) honored Women’s History Month with a special all-employee celebration featuring Dominique Dawes—three-time Olympic gymnast, Olympic gold medalist, and the first African American gymnast to compete in the Olympic Games. The event was hosted by the REIT's women’s employee resource group and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging program. Additionally, as part of the company’s commitment to supporting and providing opportunities for women, it is sponsoring the 2022 Women Build in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland.

Life Storage, Inc. (NYSE: LSI) said it is supporting Women’s History Month by serving as a "Beyond the Table" sponsor for the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" Campaign.

JBG SMITH’s (NYSE: JBGS) blog features Tiffany Butcher, EVP of residential and retail asset management, talking about strategic risk taking and how diverse perspectives and innovative ideas can contribute to a great customer experience. Jennifer Bassett, Vice President of HR, was also featured.

Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE: IRM) is recognizing Women’s History Month by supporting the Military Women's Memorial #AppreSHEation Tour. Their mobile exhibition, The Color of Freedom: Honoring the Diversity of America’s Servicewomen, will open on March 8th in San Diego, California, before traveling to various locations across the United States.

STAG Industrial, Inc. (NYSE:STAG) said it wants to challenge everyone, once again, to continue to raise awareness against bias, embrace the differences, and continue to celebrate women’s achievement.

Brixmor Property Group Inc (NYSE: BRX) is celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias and takingaction for equality while honoring the 21 women in the company who have recently been promoted

INDUS Realty Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq: INDT) celebrated International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by noting that 22% of its board members, and 42% of its corporate office positions are held by females.

Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (NYSE: SRC) says women are a significant part of its workforce, representing 52% of its employees. At the beginning of this year, over 50% of Spirit’s promotions were to female employees, while 20% of company-wide promotions were to females being promoted to the level of director or above.

AvalonBay Communities (NYSE: AVB) is highlighting its Women's Leadership Network (WLN) this year during Women's History Month, and focusing on the themes of "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope" and #BreakTheBias. In honor of International Women's Day, the WLN asked author Tina Cassidy to write an educational and inspirational message for the REIT’s associates. AvalonBay is also highlighting its female employees, including: Courtney Burstin, Director, Human Resources; and Nika Dufour, Vice President, Capital Markets.

Armada Hoffler (NYSE: AAH) is celebrating Women in Construction Week, held in conjunction with Women’s History Month, by recognizing “all of the fantastic women in construction that are a part of the Armada Hoffler team,” including Assistant Project Manager Lisa Middlebrooks.⁠ On International Women’s Day, the REIT reflected on the “global achievements of women across the world and the many contributions women have made to history.”

Americold Logistics (NYSE: COLD) has dedicated Women’s History Month this year to sharing the voices of its associates, including Chief Human Resources Officer, Samantha Charleston, based in Atlanta. The REIT will also be highlighting women around the world working in the supply chain, including: Mairead McVitty (Ireland); Brandelyn Peck (Illinois); and Kirsty Tito (New Zealand). Additionally, in honor of International Women's Day, Americold’s team in Lisbon, Portugal gifted flowers to the women at their site and in their offices to show their appreciation.

American Tower Corporation’s (NYSE: AMT) Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Colleen Richards Powell participated in a Global Women’s Innovation Network panel on the state of women in the workforce, discussing challenges women faced during the pandemic and how to lead in overcoming them.

In honor of International Women’s Day, American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC) recognized some of the “extraordinary women” who make up their team, including: Jennifer Beese (President and COO), Lonnie Ledbetter (Chief Purpose & Inclusion Officer) and Kim Voss (Chief Accounting Officer). 

Equity Residential (NYSE: EQR) celebrated International Women's Day by promoting building a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

Essex Property Trust (NYSE: ESS) is spotlighting ten exceptional women-owned businesses throughout the West Coast, the fierce female leaders behind them, and their advice for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Extra Space Storage (NYSE: EXR) asked employees what Women's History Month means to them.

W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC) is celebrating Women’s History Month by volunteering with the Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) at their food distribution program in Washington Heights. In addition, WPC is supporting several organizations dedicated to empowering women and eliminating gender inequality, including NYC Celebrates Women, a platform created in partnership with the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, as well as Samen Sterk Vrouwen West in the Netherlands and Girls Out Loud in the UK.

Public Storage (NYSE: PSA) celebrated Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day by recognizing and celebrating their company’s female leaders.

QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS) are celebrating Women’s History Month through their Employee Resource Groups, Women Inspiring Leadership and QTS Community in Action, where they are highlighting women within QTS and throughout history who have made an impact. 

PS Business Parks (NYSE: PSB) shared a video applauding female mentors and leaders in real estate in honor of International Women’s Day.

Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) asked their followers to share the names of women who inspire them in honor of International Women’s Day.

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) supported International Women’s Day by encouraging their employees to Break the Bias and forge a gender equal world.

In addition, Digital Realty’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) council and the Women’s Leadership Forum continued its philanthropic contributions to Free a Girl's School for Justice Program - Brazil. The donation will aid the organization in providing a safe environment, free from exploitation, for children around the world.

OUTFront Media (NYSE: OUT) launched their “Lifted Up” campaign, applauding female leaders throughout history and today, in honor of Women’s History Month. In addition, they recognized their employees featured amount the Top 22 Women Who Drive Growth in Out of Home .

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT (TSX: NWH.UN) recognized and celebrated all women on International Women’s Day , sharing that their global Women in Real Estate (WIRE) committee in conjunction with their global leadership and Board is committed leading women’s participation and leadership in all areas of work and life.

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) honored Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day by celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their Women’s Leadership Network and profiling female leaders at the company .

Dynex Capital, Inc. (NYSE: DX) shared an interview with President Smriti Laxman Popenoe in which she discusses her journey through the capital markets industry and the times when she was the only woman or person of color in the room.

Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE) celebrated Women’s History Month by attending and promoting Women in Leadership Events and profiling Regional President Nancy Shultz .

CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE) celebrated International Women's Day with an event hosted by their Women@CubeSmart Committee.

Corporate Office Properties Trust (NYSE: OFC) celebrated International Women’s Day by honoring their employees: Cathy Ward, senior vice president of asset management and leasing, and Krysta Herring, vice president of asset management and leasing.

Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT) released the following statement: Camden celebrates breaking bias in Commercial Real Estate. We are proud to have a management team comprised of over 60% women and commit to continually advancing gender equity in our business. To commemorate, we are featuring stories of women from all across Camden who have shattered glass ceilings, who lead in our organization and community, and who inspire us to be better versions of ourselves.


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