BOMA's History of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
From its longtime support of the Real Estate Associate Program (REAP), which promotes a more diverse industry by connecting top talent with commercial real estate companies, to its participation in the Real Estate Diversity Initiative (REDI) with other real estate associations across the United States, BOMA has a long history of championing inclusion as a core value of the organization. BOMA’s events regularly feature education sessions and presentations about creating a more inclusive industry, including the popular annual Women in Commercial Real Estate program, and BOMA International’s Medical Office Buildings + Healthcare Real Estate Conference presents a Diversity and Inclusion education track each year. Through mentorship programs, such as the Daniel W. Chancey Leadership Academy and the Emerging Professionals Committee, and scholarship programs, including the J. Michael Coleman Scholarship, BOMA International also continues to recruit and develop a talented and diverse group of future leaders for commercial real estate and the association. BOMA local associations across the United States and affiliates around the world also are committed to diversity and inclusion—for instance, BOMA/Chicago’s Foundation, which houses BOMA/Chicago’s 25-year-old Diversity Committee, was established to support underrepresented professionals in Chicago's commercial real estate industry through scholarships and outreach to local students.