Join a National Forum

Join a National Forum

Are you interested in going beyond local NAIOP relationships by networking on a national level with other executives from your industry segment? If so, we invite you to consider joining one of two types of NAIOP National Forums.

Limited Forums

Open to NAIOP members with requisite experience who are employed by a company or organization whose primary business is the development, ownership, management of, or investment in industrial, office or mixed-use real estate.

General Forums

Open to all NAIOP members with requisite experience.

Apply for a General or Limited Forum. 

Developing Leaders Forum

The Developing Leaders Forum provides commercial real estate industry professionals (35 years of age and under and with at least four years of related commercial real estate industry experience) the unique opportunity to advance their careers by gaining insights from and networking with seasoned commercial real estate professionals and peers over a two-year period.

The program provides participants insights into what it takes to be a standout leader at their organizations and NAIOP, and how to put their career on the fast track for advancement.

Apply to a Developing Leaders Forum.


A NAIOP National Forum selection committee evaluates applications and makes appointments. Their goal is to appoint a diverse group of experienced individuals from a variety of geographic locations and organizational backgrounds.

Individuals applying for an appointment to one of the National Forums must meet four criteria:

  • Be a member of NAIOP in good standing
  • Have a minimum of 10 years experience in the commercial real estate industry (A minimum of four years experience is required for the Developing Leaders Forum);
  • Demonstrate significant experience in the specialization of the respective Forum; and
  • Meet the membership category criteria for the respective Forum.

Benefits of

  • Take advantage of a structured and focused way to meet the right people.
  • Gain from the experience and vision of a close network of peers.
  • Expand your thinking with new ideas from other areas of the United States and Canada.
  • Get to know people well, in a small group format, where everyone feels welcome exchanging information.
  • Continue to exchange information and network throughout the year, by participating in the National Forum email listservs, open only to Forum members.
  • Access an online photo directory of all National Forum members, with each member's personal background information.
  • Access to all content at the Commercial Real Estate Conference in the fall.

An Atmosphere of Confidentiality

A Forum atmosphere is one of trust, openness and confidentiality. Each Forum is capped at approximately 20 individuals to provide an optimum setting for discussion and debate among the participants.

Because the members of the group are geographically diverse, NAIOP National Forums surmount competitive barriers that may exist with local networking. In a National Forum, members feel free to interact openly with each other, and benefit from the input and expertise of the group. As they participate in this exchange of knowledge, Forum members find solutions to individual problems and identify new opportunities. NAIOP National Forums bring executive networking to the next level.

Networking Is On the Agenda

The Chair and Vice Chair of each Forum, in conjunction with selected Forum members, develop the session's agenda based on each area of specialization. Typical agendas may include such items as:

  • Identify trends and assess the likely impact;
  • Identify opportunities and how to harness them;
  • Identify problems and propose solutions;
  • Examine environmental factors for their impact;
  • Present and examine case studies;
  • Discuss market conditions around the country;
  • Identify specific information needs and recommended how to fulfill them.


As a member of a National Forum, you will be required to:

  • Actively participate, volunteering expertise and resources to help the Forum achieve its objectives;
  • Attend your two National Forum sessions each year. Members are appointed for a three-year term that may be renewed.
  • Remain a member of NAIOP in good standing, keeping your membership dues and Forum fees current. The annual National Forums fee is $1,545. The fee covers administrative, meeting and social function expenses, as well as admission to the National Forums Symposium and the Commercial Real Estate Conference. If you are appointed after June 1, the fee is $775. The fee for participation in the Developing Leaders Forum is $1,545 for a two-year term.

How to Apply

Eligible NAIOP members may download the following applications and fax them to us. (Notification of appointment will be emailed and followed by letter.) 

Apply to the Limited and General Forums
There is a $1,545 annual participation fee for the General and Limited Forums. If you are appointed after June1, the price is $775 for the remainder of the year.

Apply to a Developing Leaders Forum

There is a $1,545 participation fee for the two year program which includes four meetings.