The retail real estate industry is committed to broadening the diversity of its workforce and welcomes all talented professionals who bring fresh ideas and new perspectives. Through meaningful partnerships, ICSC supports educational programs and employment opportunities for women and professionals of all backgrounds and ethnicities. In addition, the industry continues to advance the role of women in retail real estate.
Professional development program Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program) is recognized as one of the most successful diversity initiatives in the real estate industry today, and ICSC is one of the founding supporters of the initiative. This non-profit is dedicated to attracting minorities to the field with one year of intensive training in leasing, property management, marketing and finance, as well as on-the-job training and placement assistance.
Launched in Washington, D.C. in 1997, REAP has expanded to Atlanta and New York City, with future programs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Miami. Along with ICSC, more than 60 companies—including CB Richard Ellis, Cushman & Wakefield, Edens & Avant, Gap Inc., Home Depot, Jones Lang LaSalle, ING Clarion Partners, Prudential Real Estate Investors, The Rappaport Companies, Simon Properties, Starbucks Coffee, Trammel Crow Company, Wal-Mart and Westfield Corporation—participate in the program through sponsorship, teaching and networking.
The CREW Network is a business organization dedicated to the advancement of women in this field. With 8,000 members in 66 chapters across North America, it represents every discipline in the industry. CREW is dedicated to increasing diversity in commercial real estate by raising awareness of career opportunities open to women through targeted programs.
ICSC is a supporter of CREW Careers™, a hands-on classroom designed to open the eyes of teenage girls to the many career opportunities available to them in the commercial real estate industry. CREW Network chapters present programs locally, using one or more local real estate projects to illustrate all types of careers and opportunities available in the commercial real estate industry. These programs are delivered in cooperation with a local girl's group such as Girls Inc. or Girl Scouts or with high schools. Launched in 2005, CREW Careers™ has since been implemented in 31 chapters, reaching nearly 3,000 girls and engaging over 2,400 CREW members.
Other ResourcesAfrican American Real Estate Professionals of NY (AAREPNY)
The African American Real Estate Professionals of New York, Inc. (AAREPNY) was created to establish a forum that promotes the exchange of information among African American real estate professionals. Those efforts began in 1989 and led to the consensus to formally establish the organization in late 1989. AAREPNY was later incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York on July 30, 1990. Since its incorporation, AAREPNY has been led by an Executive Committee that is responsible for its diverse activities.
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) is a non-profit 501 (c) (6) trade association with 15,000 members in over 60 affiliate chapters in 48 states. Based in Washington, D.C., their members are real estate agents, brokers, loan officers, mortgage brokers, title officers, escrow officers, appraisers, insurance agents and more. They are from diverse cultural backgrounds as membership is not limited to professionals of Hispanic descent.
University of Southern California Lusk Center Ross Minority Program in Real Estate
The mission of the Ross Minority Program in Real Estate is to increase development capacity among minority communities and people interested in working in these communities. The goal is to provide training that allows individuals to influence the redevelopment of minority and underserved communities, either by completing development projects or by participation in the development and planning process.
Marquette University “Associates in Commercial Real Estate” (ACRE) Program
The five-year-old program, started by Mark Eppli, Bell Chair of Real Estate in Marquette University’s College of Business Administration, educates, trains, and prepares minorities in careers in commercial real estate throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The ACRE program has numerous community and industry partners including Milwaukee Urban League, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, KBS Construction, Irgens Development Partners, and the Mandel Group. In fact, the Mandel Group recently made a sizable gift to the University to support the program.