Commercial Real Estate Women Network, or CREW, is an organization that supports women’s advancement in the commercial real estate industry. CREW has been conducting research and developing industry white papers since 2007 to promote diversity in the real estate industry. The latest white paper, Diversity: The Business Advantage – Best Practices for Gender Equity and Inclusion in Commercial Real Estate (2017), is a great compilation of research and case studies that demonstrate why it is important to promote and maintain diversity in the workplace.
One case study is the construction firm Bozzuto Group, a company that has developed, acquired, and built more than 42,000 homes and apartments in the United States. The company unwaveringly supports women and minorities, and its organization includes almost an equal divide between men and women, which is quite unusual for the development industry. Three lessons learned from Toby Bozzuto (Chairman of the Bozzuto Group):