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June 16  | 3:30 - 5:30 PM


For the past three years, Boston’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) trade organizations have joined together to present the Boston CRE – Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Summit.


This year, the CRE industry has the opportunity to work together toward an equitable and inclusive recovery that provides equal access to all. Our hope is that the 2021 Summit will challenge leaders to create spaces of inclusion and begin to name next steps and outcomes toward equity. 


Maria Casanova, founder and senior partner of Maximum Learning and Consulting, will kick-off the event with an engaging keynote discussion on equity, the foundation of any DEI strategy. We will then have two in-depth break-out sessions, analyzing what it means to implement diversity, equity and inclusion. Topics to be discussed include: 


  • The “Business Case” for effectively executing a DE&I Strategy


  • Understanding the Critical Success Factors and pitfalls related to deploying a DE&I Strategy


  • Exploring 3 Powerful Next Step Actions that will advance a DE&I Strategy 


The program will conclude with a fireside chat with Kyle Bolden, Audit Partner at Ernst & Young LLP’s Real Estate, Hospitality, and Construction (RHC) practice, as we hear how Ernst & Young is advancing DEI. 


If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Taylor Pederson at

We are grateful to our ASSOCIATION SPONSORS who have been critical to the advancement and planning of this event year after year. 

NAIOP Masachusetts

The CRE/DEI Collaborative is comprised of the following trade organizations active in the space of Commercial Real Estate: Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB) and its five Divisions, being the Building Owners and Managers Association of Boston, the Commercial Brokers Association, the Greater Boston Association of Realtors, the Real Estate Finance Association and the Massachusetts Apartment Association; NAIOP Massachusetts – The Commercial Real Estate Development Association; ULI Boston/New England; CREW Boston; Builders of Color Coalition; CoreNet Global – New England; and the African-American Real Estate Professionals, New England Chapter.

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