Walt Rakowich’s Key Watchword for Leaders: “It’s Not About You”

August 24, 2021

Walt Rakowich

Walt Rakowich
I.CON West Keynote Speaker

I.CON: Industrial Real EstateThrough his experience leading a turnaround as the former CEO of Prologis, Walt Rakowich realized leaders today must lean into timeless values and principles, but with a fresh perspective on the new and complex realities of our leadership climates. In a keynote address next week at I.CON West: The Industrial Conference, Rakowich will share advice on engaging your values and your organization with purpose and passion. Join the 700+ industrial real estate leaders planning to attend I.CON West next week in Long Beach.

Connect CRE caught up with Rakowich to discuss crisis leadership, the challenges facing industrial in 2021 compared to those of 2008 and the long-term picture.

The article reads, in part:

Leaders, it’s often been said, are forged in times of crisis, and on that score, Walt Rakowich certainly earned his stripes. The longtime CFO of Prologis became the industrial REIT’s CEO in the fall of 2008, when the stability of the global financial system appeared to hang in the balance – as did the future of the company, where stock values had plunged 96%. He turned Prologis’ sagging fortunes around, leading his team with a combination of honesty, empathy and seasoned business acumen.

Now a world-renowned leadership speaker, a director on several publicly traded real estate companies’ boards and a published author (Transfluence), Rakowich will deliver the keynote address at this year’s NAIOP I.CON West: The Industrial Conference, scheduled for August 31 through Sept. 1 in Long Beach.

Read the full interview on Connect CRE.