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As more millennials ascend the ranks in the workplace, how to cultivate the next generation of leaders is at the front of most organizations’ strategies. It’s a delicate dance that requires self-awareness from current leadership, Julie Benezet, founder and managing principal for Seattle-based Business Growth Consulting LLC, tells GlobeSt.com. Benezet, a former Amazon.com executive, will be one of the keynote speakers at NAIOP’s CRE.Converge 2017 conference in Chicago Oct. 10-12. She will be addressing the topic “Navigating the New: Leading and Succeeding in the 21st Century.” We spoke with her about formulating a leadership strategy and getting past the uncertainty that leadership presents.

When Courtland Development CEO Jon Napper found an opportunity in the Dallas neighborhood of Deep Ellum to convert a brick-and-timber warehouse into a loft-style office, he had no idea what was beneath the foundation. Located in what was an industrial area in the 1930s, the property’s parking lot was the site of an old icehouse and an environmental disaster, Napper said.

Millennials, Gen-Xers and baby boomers have distinct demographic profiles and approach jobs, debt and their living situations differently, Pew Research Center senior researcher Richard Fry, Ph.D., tells GlobeSt.com. Fry will be presenting the session “Piecing Together the Population Puzzle” during NAIOP’s CRE.Converge conference in Chicago Oct. 10-12. The session will dive into the patterns and predilections of demographics, related economics and what it all means for CRE. We spoke with Fry about how millennials’ characteristics have changed over time, how debt influences their living-situation decisions and how Gen-Xers, millennials and baby boomers differ in their economic perspectives.

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