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The Rise Initiative: Elevating Diversity Within CRE

A Spotlight on Successful DEI Programs

Event Ended On: Thursday April 28 2022

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Founding Partner

Presenting Partner

Savills is an integrated commercial real estate advisory firm. We bring together people, services, and technology to cut through the complexity of today’s markets, helping our clients unlock hidden value and drive results for their business. For over 160 years, we’ve truly partnered with every client, tailoring strategies to their unique needs across lease and portfolio solutions, project management, advanced technology, and capital strategies. And with over 600 offices around the world, we deliver the benefit of one of the largest real estate companies in the world, while connecting clients with the local market expertise they need.

Event Host

Events Raw Space

Chelsea Industrial

Introducing 22,000 sq ft of production-worthy space in NYC's most sought-after area. Chelsea Industrial is located between Chelsea, Hudson Yards and Midtown West. "The Yard" at Chelsea Industrial is the largest and most central space. Boasting 18ft ceilings, break out spaces, one of the city's largest LED screens, projection and truss lighting. This event-ready space is perfect for galas, brand activations, trainings, conferences, fashion shows and much more. This ground floor space has two kitchens, several points of entry, and floor to ceiling windows (with retractable privacy screens) allowing for tremendous branding and event design potential.

Speakers and Panels

Nathalie Palladitcheff

Nathalie Palladitcheff

CEO, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Debbie Harmon

Debbie Harmon

Co-Founder and CEO, Artemis Real Estate Partners
Sonny Kalsi

Sonny Kalsi

Co-CEO and Founder, BentallGreenOak
Mitchell Rudin

Mitchell Rudin

Chairman & CEO, Savills North America

What You'll Learn

Please join us on April 28th to honor the 2021 Rise Honorees and to connect, network, and learn from the organizations and changemakers that are leading the way for an inclusive and stronger CRE industry at large.


Our experts on stage will touch on diverse topics, including:


  1. Strategies to attract, retain and advance diverse talent within the firm
  2. Processes and quantitative measures to evaluate the success of DEI initiatives
  3. Workplace and workforce DEI programs that have been successful in tech and what CRE can learn from them


ABOUT: The Rise Initiative is an annual honoree program dedicated to highlighting organizations that have successfully recruited, retained, and advanced diversity within their own business. You can learn more about the Rise Initiative here. 

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The Yard at Chelsea Industrial
547 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001

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Time Activity
2:30 PM
3:00 PM
3:00 PM
3:05 PM
Welcome To Bisnow's Inaugural Rise Event
Welcome remarks from Savills
3:05 PM
3:45 PM
Turning Ideas Into Actions: Defining a Baseline
1. The executive view on accelerating diversity within CRE
2. ​Strategies to attract, retain and advance diverse talent within the firm
3. Processes and quantitative measures to evaluate the success of DEI initiatives
3:50 PM
4:20 PM
Untapped Opportunities: Strategies to increase DEIB participation
A fireside chat with Amazon & Google
4:25 PM
5:00 PM
Announcing: Bisnow's Rise 2021 Honorees
Presented by Nuveen
5:00 PM
7:00 PM
Cocktails & Networking

Our Commitment To Your Safety

We hosted more than 72,000 attendees live, in-person around the globe in 2021. Our commitment to safety is no different in 2022. Our events follow all local Covid-19 regulations and protocols.

At this event, this means you can expect:

Proof of vaccination is required for entry to the venue. 

Enhanced sanitization protocols will be adhered to throughout the event space including regularly disinfecting surfaces throughout the event and hand sanitizer provided to all attendees.


As venue and local regulations evolve, the CRE industry continues to lead the way forward. As such, we will gather safely to do what we do best: network, connect, and engage to do more business. We look forward to hosting you soon.