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In 2017, CoreNet Global launched the H. Gordon Wyllie, MCR Young Leader of the Year Award. This award recognizes the Young Leader who shows dedication and enthusiasm in the workplace. The Young Leader Awardees are up and coming corporate real estate executives who are certainly those to keep an eye on in the profession. With 20 chapters participating by nominating local members for the global award, the overall response to this new initiative is encouraging to the promotion of Young Leaders. The Young Leader of the Year Award winner, finalists, and local nominees were all featured in the December 2016 The Leader. The 2016 winner was Jon Dandurand, Director Business Development - Corporate Environments, JE Dunn Construction.
The Global Summits offer a wide variety of ways for Young Leaders to get involved. The following are some of the initiatives CoreNet Global has put into place:
Young Leader xChange: A series of short sessions designed by Young Leaders
Academic Challenge: At CoreNet Global Summits in Asia and North America, college teams compete to solve key challenges facing the profession
Volunteering: Young Leaders help with speaker introductions and in other areas such as the Social Media Hub, and they may also apply to serve as a Peer Reviewer for the Summits
Leadership Development: Each Summit has a Leadership Development component comprised of breakout sessions that are designed to advance communication skills and leadership competencies
Breakout Sessions: Young Leaders have the opportunity to participate as speakers in breakout sessions and are encouraged to submit ideas through the Call for Proposals
Meet-up/Receptions: Young Leaders are invited to a reception at each Summit to network with the Global Board of Directors, Chapter Leaders and Staff
Tech Bar: Young leaders are actively involved as ambassadors for this interactive technology experience at the North American Summit
Young Leaders Corporate Real Estate Forums are held about once a year.
Corporate Real Estate Forums are highly interactive, discussion-oriented sessions attended by leaders in the profession that explore the major challenges facing corporations and how corporate real estate executives and service providers are responding to these challenges.
Corporate Real Estate Forums findings help inform the content of CoreNet Global's various learning and education programs. CoreNet Global Corporate and Strategic Partners - organizations that actively participate in generating the knowledge engine of CoreNet Global - also participate in the Corporate Real Estate Forums program and are the first to learn the key findings of the forums as each is held.
Please note: Pre-registration is required. Attendance will be strictly limited to invited guests and for specific programming times as indicated.
What’s to come for Young Leaders?
CoreNet Global is off to a good start in getting Young Leaders engaged. But this is only the beginning. There is much more in store for Young Leaders in FY2018 and FY2019.
Designing a New Designation—Qualified Professional of Corporate Real Estate
A new CoreNet Global designation, the Qualified Professional of Corporate Real Estate (QPCR), is in development to address the unique needs of Young Leaders. The designation provides a learning bridge to other CoreNet Global programs while Young Leaders build experience in the corporate real estate profession.
The new designation has three areas of focus: building transferable business skills, leadership skills, and CRE professional knowledge. The new designation requires candidates to complete a set number of hours across each of the three areas of focus and promotes the following learning platform:
CoreNet Global is preparing a new mentoring program to help Young Leaders connect with a seasoned professional in the field of corporate real estate. Through submission of self-selected preferences, Mentors and Mentees can connect with other like-minded professionals. Both Mentors and Mentees benefit from the Mentor Match program by expanding their professional network, creating new personal relationships, developing skills and exposing themselves to fresh perspectives. Mentors provide Mentees with general guidance, support and, if desired, advice in selected areas of interest. Once the Mentor and Mentee are paired, they can connect at least once per month through virtual meetings, phone calls or in person. The mentoring program will run in two separate sessions during 2018.
Podcasts and Social Media
A new series of podcasts are being developed which will provide opportunities for on-demand learning about trends and issues impacting the profession. These will feature CoreNet Global members and experts from other disciplines.
CoreNet Global has established a firm social media following, and is continuing to expand its network and activity through proactive social media strategy and involvement.
The purpose of the Young Leaders Special Interest Group is to provide CoreNet Global members 35 years and under with access to the knowledge and experience of CRE professionals by means of establishing relationships, promoting continuing education, fostering peer networking, and encouraging volunteer and leadership opportunities that mutually benefit CoreNet Global members including the Young Leader.
VP, Global Chapter Development & Relations
Phone: +32 5321.2710
Erin Cortner Halten
Manager, Chapter Development & Relations North America
Phone: +1 404.589.3254