Chicago, IL – May 5, 2014 – More than 400 professionals from around the world will come together in Chicago next week for CBRE Group Inc.’s (CBRE) 14th annual Women’s Networking Forum. The 2014 conference, “Dare to be Extraordinary,” 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.
“This is not only the largest group of Forum attendees, but it is also the most diverse group, drawing members from around the world,” said Lisa Konieczka, an Executive Vice President in CBRE’s Chicago office and Chair of the company’s Women’s Network. “This speaks to the importance of career networking and the value CBRE places on professional development.”
CBRE’s Women’s Network was formed in 2000 and has grown exponentially during the last 14 years to its current membership of more than 1,800 CBRE professionals. The network operates with an inclusive philosophy of “By Women, For Everyone.” Its main initiatives are guided by four primary offerings: mentoring, professional development, personal enrichment and networking.
Bob Sulentic, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBRE Group, Inc., said, “The Women’s Network is one of several grassroots networking groups that foster the success of our diverse employees. This is a key business goal for CBRE and the Women’s Networking Forum—through its enriching programs and valuable networking opportunities—helps create a foundation for professional and personal success.”
In conjunction with the conference, more than 200 CBRE volunteers will join housing nonprofit Rebuilding Together to refurbish the Sylvia Family Shelter in North Chicago. The Sylvia Center, which is part of the Cornerstone Community Outreach nonprofit, serves more than 160 women with children, men with children, inter-generational families and couples with children.
CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue). The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.