The Power & Benefits of Diversity

A NAIOP Minnesota initiative featuring the commitment of eight associations to create a diverse and inclusive commercial real estate industry for Minnesota.

Benefits of workplace diversity with Minnesota commercial real estate:

Increased Innovation & Creativity

Bringing together workers with different qualifications, backgrounds and experiences makes for more effective, creative problem-solving and breeds innovation.

Better Adaptability

As the demographics of our nation continue to change, diverse business will be better prepared to meet the needs of clients, communities and employees.

Reduced Turnover

Failing to create an inclusive, discrimination-free workplace can foster a hostile work environment that can cause valuable, qualified workers to leave, thereby increasing turnover costs.

More Qualified Workforce

Recruiting from a broader, diverse set of candidates makes companies more likely to hire the best and brightest in the market.

Increased Market Share

Diverse workforces can more effectively market to clients from different races, ethnicities, genders or sexual orientations, thereby increasing market share.

Learn about this initiative and how to get involved at


NAIOP provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities and connects its members through a powerful North American Network.


Duchesne Drew, Community Network Vice President of the Bush Foundation, met with NAIOP members to discuss expanding diversity and inclusivity in the commercial real estate industry.

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Participating Associations

NAIOP Minnesota

BOMA Minneapolis

BOMA St. Paul

CoreNet Midwest

IREM Minnesota Chapter




ULI Minnesota