Shopping Centers Today

MAY 2017

Shopping Centers Today is the news magazine of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

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208 S C T / M A Y 2 0 1 7 N E W S M A K E R S E X E C U T I V E M OV E R S A N D S H A K E R S Efforts continue to bring more minorities and women into retail real estate By Anna Robaton I n the early 2000s, Angele Robinson- Gaylord's law career was flourishing. After graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1994, she worked as a litigator and later as a real estate attorney. Yet she longed to break into the business side of real estate, and making that transition on her own proved difficult. So Robinson-Gaylord enrolled in an educational program that is sponsored by the commercial real estate industry and which has helped many accomplished members of ethnic and racial minority groups to enter the field or advance in it. Within a few months of completing the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP) in April 2009, Robinson- Gaylord landed a job in restaurant development at McDonald's Corp., one of REAP's corporate sponsors. All about inclusion REAP Dallas–Fort Worth 2016 class photo Six years later she left McDonald's for a position as a real estate project manager at IKEA Property, the real estate and development arm of IKEA USA. Within a year she was promoted to vice president of real estate and development. Next month she will succeed her current boss as president of IKEA Property. Initiatives like REAP are helping move the needle on ethnic diversity in an industry that, despite its vast size, remains essentially homogenous. The U.S. commercial real estate industry is still considerably less diverse ethnically than the country's population of college-educated adults, according to a 2013 analysis of federal employment data. White men still hold the majority of positions at all industry ranks, except for clerical jobs. At the senior executive level, they hold JOSHUA BEROUKHIM BLOGS BEHIND THE DE ALS 210 MICHAEL BECKERMAN FUNNELS RE AL ESTATE CONTENT 213 PE TER SHARP TR ADES WALMART FOR TAUBMAN 216

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