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JLL Will Target CRE’s “Systemic Challenges” with Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

JLL on Thursday announced several initiatives designed to foster greater diversity, inclusion and equity across the commercial real estate industry. The company’s new and expanded programs will focus on attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent by targeting systemic challenges in the CRE sector. 

These initiatives include reducing financial barriers to entry for brokerage and capital markets professionals; expanding early identification programs to recruit more women; offering programs and resources that drive inclusion and understanding in the workplace; and consciously seeking diverse supplier and vendor partners. JLL plans to leverage its work in the U.S. as a blueprint globally.

“Commercial real estate has long lagged behind other industries in reflecting the communities it serves,” said John Gates, CEO, Americas markets. “While there’s no easy answer to solving this industry-wide challenge, through our wide-ranging programs addressing recruitment, retention and talent development, we can start to change the industry from within.” 


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).