Chief Diversity Officers: A Candid Conversation
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Chief Diversity Officers: A Candid Conversation


This facilitated session will explore how corporate real estate, design, and organizational planning can contribute to the diversity, equity, and inclusion experience of a company. An architect, a CRE exec, and an LGBTQ ambassador from IBM will discuss how design leadership must be an integral part of any company’s DE&I strategy to ensure structural and strategic alignment. Learn best practices and gain insights from a proactive company leading by example.

Member: $49; Nonmember: $99

*These sessions were held live as part of the CoreNet Global Corporate Real Estate Week. Access to recordings is provided as part of the Corporate Real Estate Week registration fee, or are available on a per session basis.

Nadine Augusta, (She/Her)
Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer, Cushman & Wakefield

Bio: As Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Cushman & Wakefield, Nadine Augusta drives global commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as a firmwide priority. This includes creating an environment that offers equitable and fair growth opportunities for all employees and the businesses with which Cushman & Wakefield works, while ensuring the firm brings diverse thought and expertise to its clients. Nadine takes a holistic approach to DEI, with a focus on workforce, workplace and marketplace, especially in the areas of recruiting, talent development and supplier diversity.

Melony Bethala, Ph.D., (She/Her)
Senior Consultant, The Clearing

Bio: Dr. Melony Bethala is a cultural researcher and management consultant who specializes in analyzing intersectional differences and helps clients better understand a support a vast range of customer experiences. Before joining The Clearing in 2021, Dr. Bethala served as a workplace culture strategist and researcher for Newmark and completed her doctorate in English | International Cultural Studies on a project that examined how government and private institutional practices have shaped women’s careers in India and Ireland. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of York in the UK, a Master’s degree from Trinity College Dublin, and BA from Emory University.

Tim Dismond, (He/Him)
Chief Responsibility Officer, CBRE 

Bio: As Chief Responsibility Officer, Tim Dismond oversees the company’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) efforts. He is a member of CBRE’s Executive Committee, a group of 12 global executives responsible for driving the company’s business worldwide and serves on CBRE’s African American Network Group Executive Committee. Previously, Mr. Dismond served as CBRE’s first global Chief Diversity Officer, leading the company’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) strategy. In February 2021, his scope of responsibilities expanded to include all ESG efforts including DE&I, Environmental Sustainability, Workplace Safety & Wellbeing, Philanthropy and Public/Government Affairs.

Ingrid Jacobs, (She/Her)
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, JLL

Bio: Ingrid is responsible for leading JLL’s global diversity and inclusion strategy, ensuring the company is attracting, hiring, and developing a diverse and engaged workforce of the future. In her role, Ingrid and her team of diversity and inclusion professionals identify consistent areas of focus and drive business-enabling outcomes that reinforce JLL’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Ingrid also guides and enhances the company’s network of business resource groups and diversity councils. She has more than 20 years of experience providing strategic leadership in human resources, culture, strategy, and diversity and inclusion for business improvement and cultural change.

Chely Wright, (She/Her)
Chief Diversity Officer, Unispace

Bio: Chely Wright is an author, artist, advocate, and relentless champion for equality. Wright rose to fame as a commercial country music singer in the '90s–– enjoying years of critical acclaim, industry recognition, touring and chart-topping success. She made history in 2010 by becoming the first artist in the genre to publicly come out as gay, which she wrote about in her memoir entitled Like Me, published by Random House. In 2011, the Emmy-nominated and multiple award-wining documentary, Wish Me Away, chronicled Chely’s coming out journey, cementing the film as essential-viewing among LGBTQ audiences, faith communities, learning institutions and beyond. In addition to her long-standing relationships with key advocacy organizations, Wright has served on multiple boards including GLSEN, T.J. Martell and Faith in America. She is also the founder of two non-profits; Reading, Writing & Rhythm which raised $1M+ to support music and arts in public schools and The LikeMe Organization, established to provide resources for the LGBTQ community and their families. With decades of experience in public speaking across multiple mediums, Chely enjoys leveraging the power of storytelling to create change, especially in corporate spaces; addressing companies like Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, etc. to advance meaningful discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion. Chely currently serves at the Chief Diversity Officer for Unispace.

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