More than 400 professionals from the U.S., Canada and Latin America will come together in Chicago next week for CBRE Group Inc.’s (CBRE) 13th annual Women’s Networking Forum. The 2013 conference, “Innovation – Becoming Better by Doing Things Differently,” is expected to be the largest in the CBRE Women’s Network’s history and will feature presentations from the company’s executives and external business leaders; professional-development workshops and networking events; and a major community service project.
“We look to build on the success of previous years with our 13th annual Forum,” said Lisa Konieczka, an Executive Vice President in CBRE’s Chicago office and Chair of the Company’s Women’s Network. “We are thrilled so many of our colleagues are able to join us in Chicago.”
CBRE’s Women’s Network was formed in 2000 and has grown exponentially over the last 13 years to its current membership of more than 1,400 CBRE professionals. The network operates with an inclusive philosophy of “By Women, For Everyone.” Its main initiatives are guided by three primary offerings, networking, professional development and personal enrichment.
Robert E. Sulentic, President & Chief Executive Officer, CBRE Group, Inc., said, “The Women’s Network Forum is representative of our commitment to diversity across the globe and our pursuit to make CBRE the best place to work, not just for women, but for everyone. The Women’s Network has been a significant contributor to CBRE’s success, and, as important, a major leader in the commercial real estate industry.”
In conjunction with the conference, more than 260 CBRE volunteers will join housing nonprofit Rebuilding Together to refurbish the Mt. Calvary Youth Center and Food Pantry, a grassroots effort to provide social services to families in the Englewood community, serving 175 families each week. Activities will include painting and cleaning the facilities, removing and installing carpeting, assembling playground equipment and other initiatives.