AFIRE Podcast #36: An Opportunity For Change

(Featuring Collette English Dixon, Executive Director, Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate, Roosevelt University)

How can the social and economic framework in real estate be changed to harbor a diverse and inclusive workplace?

The historical structure of real estate, unconscious biases, and hiring approaches all promote the social and economic inequity that continues to exist today—within and beyond the real estate industry. In an echo for more transparency with communities of color, education provides a more holistic outlook towards diversity.

In this podcast, Collete English Dixon, Executive Director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University, discusses how education can diversify and expand the talent pipeline for real estate hiring and culture. In order to attract a truly diverse pool of talent, it is important to be intentional when setting routes for career success.


Collete English Dixon serves as Executive Director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate. She has more than 30 years in investment management with a focus on commercial real estate investing. Her most recent role was as Executive Director – Transactions for PGIM Real Estate (formerly known as PREI), a business unit of Prudential Financial and as co-leader of PREI’s national investment dispositions program.

Previously, Collete was responsible for sourcing wholly-owned and joint venture real estate investment opportunities in the Midwestern markets covering all property types, including office, multi-family, hotel, industrial and retail properties.

Collete is a Past President of CREW Chicago, a Past President of CREW Network, a Past Chair of the CREW NetworkFoundation, a full member of ULI and the 2016–2019 Chair of the UDMU Council/Purple. She is a former member of the Advisory Council for the Chicago School of Real Estate at the Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration, Roosevelt University and the Immediate Past Chair of the Advisory Council for the Goldie Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative




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