Achieving gender diversity has become one of the most talked about goals of the commercial real estate industry. There is no doubt many firms in the traditionally male-dominated industry made a great deal of progress in the past decade, recruiting women for C-suite positions and bringing more women into the workforce as a whole. It’s no longer unusual to see women take the helm as presidents and CEOs of even the largest companies, or start their careers as frontline brokers.
Commercial real estate firms have also recruited women to serve on their boards of directors, and women now occupy up to 40% of those seats at some of the Chicago region’s largest real estate companies.
But not all firms have taken steps to reach that level of diversity.
The eight largest publicly traded real estate companies with headquarters in the Chicago region, as measured by 2018 revenue, all have women on their boards. But among that list, Retail Properties of America, First Industrial Realty Trust and
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