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Partners in Diversity & Inclusion

The mission of the Partners in Diversity & Inclusion initiative is to help our member companies attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce and to create a culture within the retail real estate industry in which all people are valued.

Partners in Diversity & Inclusion (PIDI) is a forum for ICSC members to constructively discuss the state of diversity in the retail real estate industry and explore how to build more inclusive workplace cultures.

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

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

Vital to long-term success, diversity and inclusion must be embedded in all business processes. 

Diversity of perspectives + inclusion = innovation & financial success

As our industry evolves and technology continues to change how we do business, ICSC members are diligently working to maintain a competitive advantage, improve their business function and discover new market opportunities. When done well, diversity and inclusion organically create an environment that sparks innovation, encouraging team members to share ideas, help solve problems and offer a perspective that may challenge the status quo.

Partners in Diversity & Inclusion priorities

1. Provide networking and educational opportunities to help our member companies implement successful diversity and inclusion strategies and improve upon practices already in place.

2. Create a repository of D&I best practices, trend information, thought leadership and data relevant to the commercial and retail real estate industry.
3. Establish a network for ICSC diverse members through activities at ICSC regional, national and global conferences

CEO commitment

With diversity being one of ICSC’s core values, Tom McGee, ICSC president and CEO, recently signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. To learn more about this initiative visit www.ceoaction.com.

Best in practice

Finding the tools to overcome biases is key to managing diversity in the workplace. These resources promote building a positive, innovative workplace culture based on diversity and inclusion.

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Our partners recognize diversity and inclusion as a critical component of our industry's success. These organizations have made a commitment to work with ICSC to identify and promote strategies to help strengthen diversity and inclusion efforts across the retail real estate industry while expanding upon existing resources. 

ICSC Foundation

The charitable arm of ICSC,  the Foundation is dedicated to creating and supporting a vibrant retail real estate industry that is responsive to the needs of its members and communities.


CREW network was founded to bring together women involved in the many aspects of commercial real estate to exchange information, develop business contacts and help each other succeed professionally.

Rutgers University

Rutgers Center for Real Estate pioneers the education that will drive the future of real estate. Providing rigorous curriculum for undergraduate and graduate studies, the Center embraces diversity that helps generate and create emerging, transformational real estate solutions to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.​


Nareit is the worldwide representative voice for real estate investment trusts—REITs—and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. Nareit recently created the Dividends Through Diversity Initiative to promote the recruitment, inclusion and advancement of women in REITs and the broader commercial real estate industry.


African American Real Estate Professionals DC Chapter (AAREP DC) is a driving force in providing a supportive network for African Americans working in the commercial real estate industry. With a broader scope as a talent pool for diversity, AAREP DC is recognized as a highly successful professional association, known for both the depth of its membership and the success of its programs and activities.