The Commercial Real Estate Supplier Diversity Alliance or CRESDA is filling a much-needed void in the commercial real estate industry: supplier diversity. While many companies have amplified diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the last year, many companies are finding challenges extending those efforts to third-party suppliers.

Nancy Glick, co-founder and CEO of CRESDA, recognized the problem through her another business, Newmark Associates, which is certified women-owned. “It was through working in this environment that I realized there was a hole in connecting with larger corporations,” she tells GlobeSt.com. “The rhetoric was all there, but they weren’t extending it to professional services. Through working in that environment, I realized that there were many other smaller commercial real estate agencies across the country that were having similar struggles.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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