by Meg Costa
Cushman & Wakefield proudly supports diversity of identity, background and experience, both during Black History Month and throughout the year. In fact, the company was recently named one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes.
To help promote diversity and inclusion locally, a group of employees in the firm’s Dallas office recently formed a local chapter of Blacks United in Leadership & Development (BUILD). The mission of BUILD, a nationwide Cushman & Wakefield employee resource group, is to foster the advancement of professionals who identify as black or of African descent. The national BUILD group partners with local BUILD chapters to promote career and leadership development and engage top talent to help drive performance at Cushman & Wakefield.
Jason Dodson, an Associate at Cushman & Wakefield Dallas who specializes in Office Tenant Representation, said he believes strongly that promoting diversity and inclusion should be a focus for everyone—both within the company and throughout the commercial real estate industry.
“It’s important for everyone, particularly people of color, to feel a sense of belonging within the company,” he said. “The number of minorities in the real estate business is low, but it can certainly be increased by promoting diversity and inclusion through networking events, internships and other initiatives.”
Thomas Cherry, Operations Coordinator for Cushman & Wakefield Dallas, serves as the coordinator for the local chapter of BUILD. He said he’s excited to begin developing mentorship opportunities and training and leadership programs for Cushman & Wakefield’s African-American employees.
“In the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ‘We may have all come on a different ship, but we’re in the same boat now,’” Cherry said. “For me, being selected as the local chapter lead in Dallas for BUILD allows me to do just that—bring everyone into the Cushman & Wakefield boat together.”
For more information on BUILD, visit build.cushwake.com.