CRE Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable 2018

CRE Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable

Monday, November 5 | 3 p.m.-dinner
Tuesday, November 6 | 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Atlanta, Georgia


The event and meals are complimentary including the networking dinner. See program agenda below.

Effective diversity and inclusion practices presented by and for commercial real estate professionals.

What you will take away:

  • How to accelerate your diversity and inclusion program.
  • Actionable advice for creating an inclusive work culture.
  • Building a model of leadership that aligns with diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Understanding today’s top diversity and inclusion matters.

Who should attend:

  • Company leaders who want to advance their diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • HR professionals and other company representatives who lead their diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Company leaders who want to increase diversity in the commercial real estate industry.

Event location:

Prominence Bldg. Conference Center
3475 Piedmont Road, Ste. 1250
Atlanta, GA 30305

The conference center is located in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.

Attendees are responsible for booking their own lodging and travel accommodations, as needed. A list of recommended hotels in proximity to the event location and additional travel information is available below.

Dinner location:

South City Kitchen Buckhead
3350 Peachtree Rd #175
Atlanta, GA 30326



Download the program agenda.

Day 1: Monday, Nov. 5

3 - 3:30 p.m.
Thomas Bisacquino, NAIOP & Lori Parsons, SITE Centers
Review the goals, expectations, and the rules of engagement for attendees to participate in a productive, open dialogue throughout the program.

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Dare to Disagree
Facilitated by Eva Spurgin, Duke Realty
This learning roundtable will review Margaret Heffernan’s TED Talk and discuss how good disagreement is central to progress and how great partners, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

4:45 - 5 p.m.
Closing comments
Diana Tucker, NAIOP

6:30 p.m.
Dinner & Networking (included)
Join us at South City Kitchen Buckhead, 3350 Peachtree Road, #175, for great food, company, and conversation!

Day 2: Tuesday, Nov. 6

7:30 - 8 a.m.
Breakfast (included)

8 - 10 a.m.
Keynote: Inclusion by Design
Joe Gerstandt, Speaker, Author, and Advisor

Joe Gerstandt

Joe Gerstandt

Inclusion is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the world of work. Ask 10 people in your organization what inclusion is, why it's valuable, and how we capture that value, and you are likely to get 10 different answers – most of which will not make any sense. It is incredibly difficult to hit or measure progress toward a target that you cannot define.

This interactive workshop will help you clarify your target and how to hit it and walk you through a process for designing and delivering a more inclusive employee experience for your team or your organization.

Joe Gerstandt is a speaker, author and advisor who brings greater clarity, action, and impact to organizational diversity and inclusion efforts. He has worked with Fortune 100 corporations, small non-profits, and everything in between. Gerstandt is a featured contributor for the Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum and his insights have been published in numerous print and online journals. He co-authored the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships, and serves on the Intersectional Culture and Diversity Advisory Council for Twitter.

10 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Best Practices Sharing

  • Brandywine Realty Trust: Community Interface Initiatives
    Anna May Abbott, Ph.D.
  • Hines: Redefining Your On-Campus Presence
    Michael Hogan
  • Project REAP: What is Project REAP and How REAP Helps You
    Ken McIntyre
  • SITE Centers: Women of Influence
    Maria Manley-Dutton

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Overcoming Stereotypes
Facilitated by Sarah Veith, United Properties
In small roundtable groups, discuss and report out on how the industry can address three areas where unconscious and prototype bias can be found: talent acquisition, development opportunities, and advancement.

12:15 - 1 p.m.
Lunch (included)

1 - 2:30 p.m.
Unlocking the Commercial Real Estate Industry for Diverse Talent
Moderated by Michael Hogan, Hines
Tammy Jones, Real Estate Executive Council (REEC)
Davina Linguist, CBRE
Claire Roberts, CREW Network

Hear from industry professionals about their keys to unlocking, engaging, and recruiting diverse talent to the commercial real estate industry.

2:30 - 3 p.m.
Wrap Up & Next Steps
Carolyn Singh, Brixmor Property Group

*Schedule subject to change.


Hotel Options

Hotels in proximity to the Prominence Bldg. Conference Center (in order of distance)

Preferred Hotels (per Prologis):

1. W Atlanta - Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.52 miles

2. InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.52 miles

Preferred Hotel Chains (per Prologis):

3. Grand Hyatt Atlanta In Buckhead
3300 Peachtree Rd Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30305
0.42 miles

4. Hyatt Place Atlanta Buckhead
3242 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
0.45 miles

5. The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
3391 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.55 miles

6. The Whitley Atlanta
3434 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.64 miles

7. The St Regis Atlanta
88 W Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
0.81 miles

Other hotels:

8. SpringHill Suites Atlanta Buckhead
3459 Buckhead Loop NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.12 miles

9. Hampton Inn Buckhead
3398 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
0.2 miles

10. Homewood Suites Atlanta - Buckhead
3566 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
0.33 miles

11. Courtyard Atlanta Buckhead
3332 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.35 miles

12. DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Buckhead
3342 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.35 miles

13. Hampton Inn & Suites Buckhead Place
3312 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
0.4 miles

14. Wingate by Wyndham Atlanta/Buckhead
3600 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305-1416
0.42 miles

15. Oakwood At Skyhouse Buckhead
3390 Stratford Road, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.43 miles

16. Oakwood at Berkshire Terminus
3280 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
0.43 miles

17. Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
3376 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.48 miles

18. ExecuStay at Cyan on Peachtree
3380 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
0.5 miles

19. Embassy Suites Hotel Atlanta Buckhead
3285 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
0.51 miles



The closest airport is Hartsfield-Jackson ATL International Airport. The Buckhead neighborhood is approximately 18 miles and 24 minutes from ATL.

Approximate taxi fare $45-$55 (one way).

MARTA Atlanta Rapid Transit is also available from ATL to Buckhead Station.