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Open Arms: Creating more pathways to careers in commercial real estate

September 19, 2023 32 Minute Listen


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The competition to attract and retain skilled labor has intensified, but what if your best candidates never know about your business? Project Destined’s Cedric Bobo and CBRE’s Toya Everett discuss how they are increasing awareness of commercial real estate careers—particularly in underrepresented communities—and creating more grassroots training and mentorship.

Open Arms: Creating more pathways to careers in commercial real estate

September 19, 2023 32 Minute Listen

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Key Takeaways:

  1. A tight labor market is forcing organizations to widen their search for top talent.
  2. Starting a commercial real estate career is as much about having pathways to success as it is about expertise.
  3. Organizations like Project Destined are helping to attract underrepresented communities to commercial real estate.


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Cedric Bobo

CEO and Co-Founder, Project Destined

Cedric Bobo is the CEO and Co-Founder of Project Destined, a social impact vehicle that trains urban youth and military veterans to be owners and stakeholders in the communities where they live, work and play. Prior to founding Project Destined, Cedric spent over 20 years as an investor and investment banker including over 10 years at The Carlyle Group, where he committed over $2 billion of equity capital.

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Toya Everett

Global Director of Enterprise Programs for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, CBRE

Toya is the Global Director of Enterprise Programs for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Team for CBRE. As a part of CBRE’s Corporate Responsibility Office, she leads in the implementation of enterprise-wide strategic initiatives that advance CBRE's global DE&I strategy. She has more than 15 years of experience in orchestrating organizational change.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.


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