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DEI: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center

Building a More Inclusive Marketplaces Industry

ICSC is committed to working in partnership with our members to build and sustain an industry of professionals who reflect the communities we serve. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is an ICSC core value and vital to the long-term success of the Marketplaces Industry. We continue to work diligently to ensure DEI is embedded in our programs, policies and organizational practices.


is the mix of human differences, such as race, gender, age, cultural background, physical abilities and disabilities, religion and sexual orientation.


is the process of identifying and removing barriers that prevent certain groups of people from having fair access to resources and opportunities.


is cultivating a collaborative environment in which all people feel, and are, valued to help drive innovation and growth.

Building a More Inclusive Marketplaces Industry

We’re committed to supporting our members achieve DEI within their own organizations as well as creating industry-wide opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds.

ICSC DEI Commitments

  • Provide pathways for historically underrepresented talent to gain access to the Marketplaces Industry
  • Identify tools and resources to help our members advance through their DEI journey
  • Advance social and economic inclusion for women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) business owners within the marketplaces supply chain.
  • Cultivate a more equitable member experience for historically underrepresented professionals.


ICSC has partnered with SupplierGATEWAY to provide our members with discounted access to over one million women and BIPOC service providers and businesses. Commercial real estate firms of all sizes are joining the SupplierGATEWAY platform to reduce costs by sourcing resources competitively, to mitigate risk by engaging diverse suppliers and to make sure their practices have a positive impact on the community.

To arrange a demo and get more information on SupplierGATEWAY subscriptions, contact: Greg Usiak, Software Sales Executive at gregory.usiak@suppliergateway.com.
For questions about ICSC’s involvement in the Commercial Real Estate Diverse Suppliers Consortium, contact: Jazmen Johnson at jjohnson@icsc.com.




Supplier diversity is the intentional inclusion of businesses owned by a group or an individual belonging to a historically underrepresented group.

A successful supplier diversity program can:

  • Create competition amongst new and existing suppliers within your supply chain
  • Enhance innovation by allowing your team to tap into new perspectives, mindsets and ideas
  • Allow your company to be more agile during times of uncertainty

A diverse supplier is a business that is at least 51% owned and operated by an individual or group that is part of a historically underrepresented group. Common classifications are minority-owned enterprises (MBEs) and woman-owned enterprises (WBEs). 

The National Minority Supplier Diversity Council says minority-owned enterprises generate nearly $400 billion in economic output, leading to the creation or preservation of 1.75 million jobs and $130 billion in annual tax revenue for the federal, local and state governments. According to Supplier.io, women-owned enterprises employed 9.2 million workers and accumulated $1.8 trillion in annual sales. Companies that partner with women, minority-owned and other historically underrepresented suppliers help to create jobs and build local economies.

DEI Resources

Finding the tools to overcome biases and establish an equitable and inclusive workplace culture is key to fostering diversity in the workplace. These resources will help you introduce, advance and promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your workplace.

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Launch Academy

ICSC partners with member companies to offer summer internships opportunities to BIPOC undergraduate students who are interested learning about the Marketplaces Industry.

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Diversity Scholarships

The ICSC Foundation promotes targeted efforts to increase diversity in our industry by offering several scholarships devoted to students from underrepresented groups.

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CEO Commitment

With diversity being one of ICSC’s core values, Tom McGee, ICSC President and CEO, signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

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DE&I Coverage in C+CT

Jasmyn Sylvester Has Been Telling Her Story as a Black Woman in Property Management, and It’s Making a Difference

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No Incompatibility Here, Arturo Sneider Says of Raising a Fund Focused on Urban Minority Neighborhoods

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How Lezlie Tram Le Became an Advocate for Minority-Owned Small Businesses

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CBL Hosted Its Second Black-Owned Business Expo: How It Became a Hit

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You Can Make Money in Underserved Communities, Says Robin Zeigler

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Lance Gilliam Switched from Tenant Rep to Underserved Markets Developer

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How Alexis Suarez Built a Successful U.S. Real Estate Company by Embracing Her Latino Background

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Building Stronger Industry Relationships by Showing Pride

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ICSC Chairman and ICSC Foundation Provide Financial Contribution to NCCU

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Marketplaces Industry Workforce Must Diversify to Meet Demands of the Future

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More People of Color in the C-Suite: That’s the Goal of Project REAP’s New Leader

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ICSC Foundation Partners with REimagined to Promote Diversity in the Marketplaces Industry

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For more information, contact:

Jazmen Johnson

Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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