Do diversity & sustainability initiatives make financial sense? CBRE’s Chief Financial Officer, Leah Stearns, and Chief Diversity Officer, Tim Dismond, explain why the answer is a resounding "Yes!"

What a Wonderful World: How Diversity & Sustainability Pay Off

November 17, 2020 28 Minute Listen

Guests

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Tim Dismond

Chief Responsibility Officer

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.

He also serves on CBRE’s African American Network Group Executive Committee and was named one of the 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy, the leading African American business and lifestyle magazine.

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.

Mr. Dismond was also the President of the South Division of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) | Enterprise business. In this role, he oversaw more than 5,000 professionals who deliver real estate and facilities services to occupiers headquartered in nine U.S. states and Latin America and manage a global portfolio of more than 820 million square feet.

Earlier in his career with CBRE, Mr. Dismond was Executive Managing Director for the Central Division within GWS, serving client accounts based in the Central U.S. and Canada. He also served as Executive Account Leader for a large financial services client, and Alliance Director for CBRE’s Sprint account, where his team received the Account Excellence award for three consecutive years.

Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Dismond held several executive positions at Sprint, including Enterprise Operations where he reported directly to the Chairman and CEO of Sprint. Mr. Dismond is a broker and licensed attorney by profession, and practiced law at a large law firm in Kansas City for several years. He has represented many Fortune 500 companies and developers in all aspects of real estate including acquisitions, dispositions, land use planning and zoning, leasing, financing and corporate restructurings.

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Leah Stearns

Senior Executive, Advisor to the CEO and CFO

Leah Stearns is a senior executive at CBRE serving as an advisor to the CEO and CFO.

From May 2019 to July 2021, Ms. Stearns served as Chief Financial Officer with firm-wide responsibility for CBRE’s global finance and accounting organization and executive responsibility for CBRE’s global Business Services Organization and Strategic Programs Office.

Ms. Stearns joined CBRE in May 2019 after 17 years at American Tower Corporation, a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of its U.S. division. Earlier she held various corporate finance roles, including Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer. She also served as Chief Executive Officer of EMEA, overseeing the region’s operational performance and strategy.

Host

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Spencer Levy

Global Chief Client Officer & Senior Economic Advisor

Spencer Levy is the Global Chief Client Officer and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. Spencer leads a team of Global Client Care professionals around the world who are responsible for account management and client experience programs designed to ensure seamless client execution across business lines and geographies, with the goal of consistently delivering exceptional client outcomes. Spencer will focus on both top Occupier and Investor clients.

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