CRE Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable 2019

CRE Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable

Wednesday, November 6 | 3 p.m. - dinner
Thursday, November 7 | 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Beachwood, Ohio

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.
  • Strategies to mitigate biases in interactions and communications.
  • Understanding today’s top diversity and inclusion matters.

Who should attend:

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

Event location:

SITE Centers
3333 Richmond Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122

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:

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
26300 Chagrin Boulevard
Beachwood, OH 44122

Sponsored and developed by:

BrixmorDuke RealtyHines NAIOP
PrologisSITE CentersUnited Properties



Day 1: Wednesday, Nov. 6

3-3:30 p.m.
Welcome and review the goals, expectations and the rules of engagement for attendees to participate in a productive, open dialogue throughout the program.

3:30-5 p.m.
Danger of a Single Story
Facilitated by Kim Janulewicz, Brixmor

This learning roundtable will review Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk and reflect on the impact of “single stories” as they relate to your life, the people and communities you serve, and society.

6 p.m.
Networking Dinner (included)
Join us for great food, company and conversation!

Day 2: Thursday, Nov. 7

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

8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Unconscious Bias and Micro Messages
Kei Graves, M.H., and Kaila “KJ” Johnson
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultants
The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio (DCNEO)

Kei Graves

Kei Graves, M.H.

Kaila 'KJ' Johnson

Kaila “KJ” Johnson

We will explore the concepts of identity, unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion. Guided by expert DCNEO staff members, our time together will focus on building the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to create communities where all are respected, connected and valued. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your experiences, engage with your colleagues and learn best practices for inclusion.

Learning Takeaways:

  • How unique identities shape experiences and impact day-to-day interactions with others.
  • Strategies for minimizing effects of unconscious bias on employee and client relations.
  • Understand the role you play in communicating in the form of verbal, non-verbal and environmental micro-messages.

At The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, KJ Johnson researches and designs diversity and inclusion programming for the Higher Education & Young Adults (HEYA) division of The Diversity Center. HEYA offers a variety of services and opportunities that emphasize young adult leadership development based in promoting multiculturalism, anti-racism and accessibility in learning communities. Additionally, KJ organizes and facilitates diversity education programming for middle and high school conferences, summits and retreats to equip students to be agents of change.

Kei Graves (he, him, his) serves as a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant for educational institutions through SHIFT Consulting at The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Kei’s work at The Diversity Center focuses on developing and facilitating meaningful professional development opportunities for educators on a variety of subjects, emphasizing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies; culturally responsive teaching/pedagogy and best practices. Kei also provides consultation for other organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. 

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

1-2:30 p.m.
Becoming a Top 5 Workplace for Diversity
Alfreda Brown, Vice President, Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kent State University
Dana Lawless-Andric, Associate Vice President, Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kent State University
Brad Owens, Director of Talent Acquisition and Development, SITE Centers

Learn what it took for Kent State to win a top spot on Forbes’ list of top employers for diversity in the U.S.

2:30-3 p.m.
Wrap Up and Next Steps



Hotel & Travel

Hotel Block Reserved at: Embassy Suites, Beachwood.

Book your room one of two ways:

  1. Call 1-800-317-1960 give them the group code “SIT” and date.
  2. Go to, enter dates and number of guests, click the "enter special code section", enter SIT for your group code and continue to make reservations.  The cut-off date is Monday, October 14, 2019 to get group rate.

The closest airport is Cleveland Hopkins International. The Embassy Suites Beachwood is approximately 30 minutes from airport.