MBA Presents CBRE Capital Markets with Diversity & Inclusion Award

Ali Ahmad aahmad@mba.org

February 23, 2017


SAN DIEGO--The Mortgage Bankers Association presented CBRE Capital Markets with its inaugural Commercial/Multifamily Diversity & Inclusion Award for its efforts in organizational diversity and inclusion.

The award was presented by MBA Chairman Rodrigo Lopez, CMB, here at the MBA Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Convention and Expo.

"The real estate finance industry is committed to embracing diversity and inclusion," said MBA Chairman-Elect J. Dave Motley, CMB, President of Colonial Savings FA, Fort Worth Texas, and Chairman of MBA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. "Incorporating diverse communities into leadership brings different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to the forefront. MBA received many very qualified submissions, and it was a tough job sorting through them. We are very happy to be recognizing CBRE as our first Commercial/Multifamily Award winner."

CBRE's submission highlighted its IMPACT! Program, Advancing Women in Leadership program, Diversity Executive Briefings, Inclusive Leadership Training, and longstanding focus on Employee Network Groups, including its African-American Network Group, Asia Pacific Network, Hispanic and Latin Business Resource Group, LGBT & Allies, Women's Network, CBRE Military, and Rising Professional Organization.

This is the first year MBA has recognized member companies for their diversity and inclusion efforts at its largest commercial/multifamily gathering. Companies submitted applications to be recognized for initiatives specifically developed and designed to increase diversity and inclusion within the leadership and employee base of member companies, thereby leading to a mortgage banking industry that is focused on employing the best talent available in order to provide the best possible service to its customers.

Company initiatives were scored by a group of judges consisting of members of MBA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and MBA staff. The companies were scored based on: the quality of their overall submission; identification of a target audience and annual goals; demonstration of a tangible benefit to participants and the overall enterprise; replicability of the program; innovative program approaches; and program success in broadening the culture of the organization through the values of diversity and inclusion.

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