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NAIOP SFBA Announces Fireside Chat Discussing Best Practices for Winning the Talent War

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NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NAIOP SFBA), the premier commercial real estate development association, will host “Winning the Talent War: Lessons on Intentionality and Best Practices to Attract, Engage and Retain Today’s Workforce” on Wednesday October 23, 2019, at the offices of Columbia Property Trust at 221 Main Street in San Francisco from 8:00 to 9:30am.

The program is being organized and sponsored by NAIOP SFBA’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (I.D.E.A.) committee and will feature a fireside chat with a variety of industry leaders focused on attracting a more diverse talent base and creating a more inclusive environment to drive engagement across the next generation of talent.

Panelists for the fireside chat will include:
•    Grant Clark-Crews, Diversity Business Partner/Program Manager, Facebook
•    Deborah Quok, Co-Founder & Managing Director, SVN | QAV & Associates
•    Dennis Williams, Managing Director, NorthMarq Capital
•    Julie Burdick, Vice President, Tricon Capital

 “Developing a diverse talent base brings in broader perspectives, challenges conventional thinking, reduces blind spots, unlocks innovation, and leads to a happier and more productive workforce,” said Lauren Young, Partner at PCCP, LLC and current NAIOP SFBA President.  “In today’s highly competitive war for talent, words are not enough.  Intentionality and actual results are the key to attracting and retaining the next generation of talent who prioritizes belonging over simply fitting in,” added Kristina Wollan, I.D.E.A Programs Sub-committee Chair who organized and will moderate the panel.

Founded in 2018, the NAIOP I.D.E.A. Committee, chaired by Margo Bradish, a Partner at Cox Castle & Nicholson, is charged with ensuring that diversity and inclusion are considered in all of NAIOP SFBA’s activities, actions, and decisions. The Committee works to develop and execute programs and resources for the Chapter. Additionally, the group identifies opportunities to work with NAIOP Corporate, other NAIOP Chapters and other commercial real estate organizations that share similar goals.  For more information about the event, the I.D.E.A. Committee and NAIOP SFBA, please visit If you wish to attend, please email


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