03/27/2024 | by
Recognizing Women's History Month

Women’s History Month (March) and International Women’s Day (March 8) are moments to reflect on female professionals who have an essential role in making the REIT industry more diverse and successful.

Women’s History Month—along with other awareness months throughout the year—serves as a reminder to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and continue the ongoing journey toward a more inclusive and equitable future. Nareit sees this as an additional opportunity to share ways in which its member REITs are working to increase the industry’s visibility, accessibility, and appeal by intentionally focusing on people, partnerships, and philanthropy.

This year, we’re sharing stories about the efforts REITs and other organizations are taking to advance education, workforce development, and business relationships within the industry to help foster welcoming, accessible, healthy, and inclusive workplace practices and cultures.

Nareit members are invited to submit their Women’s History Month activities or recognition, including news stories, photos, social posts, and videos to communications@nareit.com for inclusion on Nareit’s Developments blog.

By sharing these narratives, we hope to ignite conversations, challenge biases, and support the cultivation of an environment where opportunities are accessible to everyone, irrespective of their background.

In honor of International Women's Day, Agree Realty Corporation's (NYSE: ADC) Women's Insight Network (W.I.N.) got together for a "speed dating" event to learn more about each other's backgrounds and some fun facts. It was the perfect way to celebrate the strong women in their office.
Agree Realty has some exciting events lined up for Women's History Month including a wine and cheese tasting featuring a panel of ADC women sharing stories about their careers and a lunch and learn highlighting a local female chef and their experience owning a restaurant.

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NYSE: ALEX) celebrates International Women’s Day by featuring a few photos of their powerful female property managers and women business owner duos. 

  • Kailua Town: Property Manager Cara E. and The Salty Babe owner Jackie Hopkins
  • Manoa Marketplace: Property Manager Sarah M. and Allison Izu - The Showroom owner Allison Izu

As American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT) commemorates International Women’s Day, they remain dedicated to advancing gender equality throughout their organization, industry and the communities where they work. Across the globe, American Tower provides women with access to digital technology and skills through Digital Communities, empowers girls and women to pursue STEM careers by supporting and hosting educational events, and cultivates a workplace environment that empowers women on their career journeys. This year, through the American Tower Foundation, they are proud to support two organizations that share their commitment to reduce gender inequality and promote change for women around the globe: Catalyst Inc. and Girls Who Code. Together, they work to accelerate women’s inclusion in leadership and foster greater representation of women in technology roles.

Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD) is devoted to fostering a work environment where associates from all backgrounds are culturally and socially appreciated as their unique selves. Their CEO, George Chappelle, and President of International, Richard Winnall, share the value and impact women bring to their organization.  Meanwhile, in honor of Women’s History Month, Americold's Elizabeth Lund, their director of operations in the U.S. East Region, shares how the community and leadership of women has shaped her today, and how she continues to pass it along to her current team.

On Internationl Women's Day, AMH (NYSE: AMH) recognizes the impactful contributions of women worldwide, and continue their support of women in the workplace, the community, and at home. On the #AMHteam, they're especially proud to celebrate SVP of Product Engineering, Natalie Birrell, who was recently recognized as one of Women We Admire’s Top 50 Women Leaders of Utah for 2024. AMH is grateful to count on Natalie’s visionary leadership, technology expertise, and social impact advocacy, which have already strengthened their business and workplace culture since joining #AMH in 2023.

In honor of International Women's Day and Women in Construction Week, Armada Hoffler (NYSE: AHH) celebrates the remarkable achievements of women worldwide, recognizing their invaluable contributions to society. And recognized the exceptional women who have left their mark on the construction industry, defying traditional gender norms.

Several communities hosted site tours for Women in Construction Week, enabling associates to meet with female leaders on AvalonBay Communities, Inc.'s (NYSE: AVB) construction team and learn more about their efforts to promote safe building sites and an inclusive culture. 

AvalonBay continues their celebration of Women's History Month by featuring Anne Sequeria (Manager, Project Controls) who shares her vision of AvalonBay’s future: “I envision a growing and sustainable demonstration of our core values in the communities in which we live and work; it’s up to all of us. Where included, engaged, inspired, and empowered associates abound, let’s pay it forward!”

In recognition of Women in Construction Week and International Women's Day, BXP (NYSE: BXP) celebrates the incredibly talented women that represent #BXPConstruction within their Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. regions. 

Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT) is proudly wearing purple from coast to coast to honor International Women's Day, celebrating the achievements and contributions of women everywhere.

Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) said that by fostering a culture where diverse voices are heard and equity is championed, it unlocks opportunities for every member of its teams to thrive. “As we continue to celebrate women internationally, Sue Jones, senior vice president, global marketing, Digital Realty shares her valuable insights of her career journey and how she’s inspiring inclusion as a leader with Capacity Media ,” the REIT said. Read the full interview here: https://okt.to/dvA3iR

Elme Communities (NYSE: ELME) is spotlighting Lindsey Ogden, Noura Estatie, Whitney Russell, CPA, Sara Nemeh, and Vonetta Hugee, a few remarkable women within Elme Communities. They share their unique career paths, inspiration, and reflect on the 2024 theme, "Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion." Click the link for their insightful perspectives - https://bit.ly/3TesRkP.

Essex Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESS) said its Women at Essex Employee Resource Group celebrated Women's History Month by hosting a webinar event with Beverly Phillip, an expert in workplace productivity and engagement. “Our Employee Resource Group aims to foster a culture of trust and inclusivity where everyone can thrive. Together, we engaged in empowering discussions and activities. It was a wonderful opportunity to lead the way together,” the REIT said.

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) said that from the boardroom to the server room, women are driving change and shaping the digital world. Equinix SVP of Americas Sales and co-executive sponsor of Equinix WomenConnect, Arquelle Shaw writes about how the REIT honors its commitment to #InspireInclusion

In a nod to Women's History, Lauren Coup, the Highwoods Properties (NYSE: HIW) senior director of leasing for Highwoods Tampa, led as a mentor at the Tampa Bay Business Journal's recent Mentoring Monday event, embodying the legacy of women in business. Engaging in conversations on work-life balance, confidence-building in new workplaces, and the pivotal role of mentors, she exemplified the impact of female leadership. Approximately 45 cities participated in Mentoring Monday. Lauren's commitment as a woman in business reflects Highwoods' dedication to community service and fostering leadership. 

Hines Global Income Trust, Inc. recognized the invaluable contributions of their female colleagues on International Women’s Day. Their employees around the world celebrated the inspirational day by posing in this year's #InspireInclusion theme and participating in IWD programming and activities. Advancing women is not only important for culture at Hines but equally for society at large. Their OneHines Women’s Network (OHWN) Employee Resource Group is one of several communities and resources available to women at Hines and allies wishing to support their female colleagues. 

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (Nasdaq: HST) said that for its Women’s History Month celebration it welcomed another strong woman and trailblazer for a special event with employees, which was held at the Host-owned Grand Hyatt Washington. Cia Buckley Marakovits, president and chief investment officer of Dune Real Estate Partners, was joined by Host President and CEO Jim Risoleo. Hosted by the REIT's women’s employee resource group, "the conversation centered around the importance of friendships and relationships in our business and how that opens doors to greater opportunities," Host said. 

Over the course of Women’s History Month, Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) is encouraging its employees to reflect on their contributions to fostering inclusion. The REIT will be showcasing employees who do so on a daily basis, including: Lulu Xu, senior manager of digital marketing.

This Women’s History Month, JBG SMITH (NYSE: JBGS) is highlighting a different female employee each week, including: Kathryn Clement, senior vice president, director of commercial property management.

National Storage Affiliates (NYSE: NSA) is celebrating Women’s History Month by acknowledging the resilience, strength, and achievements of women from all walks of life as they have played pivotal roles in shaping our societies and advancing change. 62% of NSA employees are women, and 42% of women make up its management team (director level and above). 

The 2024 International Women’s Day campaign theme at Northwest Healthcare Properties REIT is  Inspire Inclusion. 

In the last couple of years, Northwest rolled out a global diversity policy, incorporated DEI targets, and implemented a maternity/parental leave top up program in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, where government programs fall short of those in our other operating regions.

On March 5th, NNN REIT, Inc. (NYSE: NNN) kicked off International Women’s Month with a catered luncheon by a local, female-owned Pearson’s Catering, and a theme in mind: Stronger Together. One third of the NNN board is female and has gained recognition from Women Executive Leadership (WEL) as recipients of the WEL Florida Elevate Award. Two of these professional women were in attendance at the luncheon this year. NNN’s longest serving female board member, Pamela Beall shared her view of the corporate world, her journey, and realistic steps to be successful in any profession. Beall’s presentation was followed by one from Dr. Amber Orman, chief wellness officer at AdventHealth. The focus of the presentation was on healthy ways to address stress and burnout in our lives.

Throughout the first two weeks of March, NNN hosted a donation drive benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. NNN matched all donations made by associates, item for item. Additionally, NNN held a Women’s Community Service Project in support of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Women’s Program.  NNN also hosted the broadcasting of a special Women Talk Money webinar, featuring Viola Davis, presented by Fidelity Investments.

The 2024 International Women’s Day campaign theme at Northwest Healthcare Properties REIT (TSX: NWH.UN) is  Inspire Inclusion. In the last couple of years, Northwest rolled out a global diversity policy, incorporated DEI targets, and implemented a maternity/parental leave top up program in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, where government programs fall short of those in our other operating regions.

This March, Northwest
employees will be invited to participate in an interactive training session exploring the importance of International Women’s Day and inclusion initiatives. The session, in conjunction with ongoing and new Northwest initiatives, is intended to spark important reflections and conversations that lead to a more inclusive and equitable experience for women at Northwest.

OUTFRONT Media Inc. (NYSE:OUT) announced a series of initiatives to honor and celebrate the achievements of women in art, culture, and innovation throughout Women's History Month in March. With a partnership with Ad Age and a special MOMENTS series, OUTFRONT aims to shine a spotlight on the contributions of women throughout history and in contemporary society.

Pei Asset Management recognized International Women’s Day 2024 by thanking all the women who, with their determination and daily effort, build a better world. At Pei Asset Management, 55% of the team is made up of women who inspire with their dedication, talent, and commitment.

Phillips Edison & Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: PECO) celebrated Women's History Month by highlighting its commitment to hiring women and promoting them to leadership through its award-winning PECO NOW program, which is designed to inspire, empower, support and develop women at Phillips Edison & Company.

PREIT (OTC: PRET) recognized Women's History Month by celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of their longest-serving females employees and her contributions to one of PREIT's key properties.

Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD) recognized Women's History Month by highlighting female employees, vendors, and partners in the U.S. and around the globe. As part of this, they recognized employees who participated in community service and cultural activities in honor of Women's History Month.

Public Storage (NYSE: PSA) celebrated Women's History Month by honoring the women on their team and sharing thought leadership from one of their female executives.

Rayonier Inc. (NYSE: RYN) collaborated with Land & Ladies LLC to publicly celebrated Women's History Month by honoring the contributions and varied roles of Rayonier's female employees in a short reel.

Regency Centers Corp. (Nasdaq: REG) honored Women’s History Month on social media by celebrating the contributions of women at their organization and throughout history and encouraged their followers to celebrate the month by tagging other inspirational women.

Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBRA) honored Women's History Month by highlighting their commitment to hiring women and promoting them to leadership positions.

SBA Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: SBAC), together with Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA), celebrated Women's History Month by highlighting the outstanding contributions of SBA Communications' female employees to the wireless industry.

Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG) honored Women’s History Month on social media by celebrating the contributions and achievements of women at their organization and throughout history.

STAG Industrial, Inc. (NYSE: STAG) honored women's history month on social media by celebrating the dedication, creativity, and commitment of the women who contribute to the company's success, resilience, and growth.

Tanger (NYSE: SKT) honored women's history month by promoting and sharing leadership and career advice from female leaders on their executive leadership team and the ways that Tanger is working to empower and support female employees, who make up more than two thirds of Tanger's team.

Urban Edge Properties (NYSE: UE) publicly honored the resilience, strength, and grace of women worldwide through videos and social media.

Veris Residential, Inc. (NYSE: VRE) has been celebrating Women’s History Month by engaging in thoughtful discussions and activities across the company. As part of that, their Women’s Network curated a special book club featuring a diverse selection of recommendations—from tales of resilience and empowerment to stories of education and beyond.

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W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC) is celebrating Women’s History Month by supporting the Nomi Network, an organization which aims to end human trafficking by creating pathways to safe employment, empowering women and girls to break cycles of exploitation in their families and communities. WPC will also host a trunk show at its NYC office for the second consecutive year with Mercado Global, with all proceeds supporting the company’s mission of transforming the lives of Indigenous women, their families and their communities in Central America. 


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