Achieving more together.

Sharing our Work and Resources on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Mission

Empower those who share SRS’ vision to be their best by fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture so we can achieve more together.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

SRS believes diversity, equity, and inclusion happen by design, not by default. To develop better client solutions and help lead our industry toward measurable change, we challenge our unconscious biases and embrace unique backgrounds and perspectives. We invest in education to elevate our cultural competency. We understand everyone comes from different starting points, so we strive to ensure equal opportunities. We foster an inclusive culture that values all retail and commercial real estate professionals. By doing so, we empower our team members to help achieve SRS’ vision of being the best commercial real estate advisor through their own unique lens.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council


Project Reap

Their Mission
To advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the commercial real estate industry through education, mentorship, and partnerships.

Our Partnership
As a Gold Sponsor, SRS is serving as a faculty member for the current year and utilizing Project REAP to further expand our pipeline of diverse talent.


Their Mission
Through an immersive virtual learning experience and a paid summer internship, ICSC’s Launch Academy provides tools to successfully pursue a career in retail real estate.

Our Partnership
SRS offices across the U.S. provide paid internships, many of which are sourced from ICSC’s Launch Academy.


Their Mission
CREW Network exists to transform the commercial real estate industry by advancing women globally.

Our Partnership
As a Contributor Partner, SRS’ sponsorship is used to further the careers of women in commercial real estate as well as further expand our pipeline of diverse talent.


Key Milestones

SRS Board champions DEI Program
Ray Uttenhove selected as leader for our diversity, equity, and inclusion program.
Feb 2020
SOAR Program Announced
A community focused on support, opportunity, advancement, and relationships for SRS' women in brokerage is announced.
Jun 2020
Anti-Racism Work Begins
SRS showed its commitment to anti-racism by holding an all-company town hall and unveiling its action plan to combat racial injustice.
Sep 2020
Diversity Census
SRS' first diversity census was completed to serve as a baseline for our progress as we move forward.
Dec 2020
DEI Resources Webpage Launched
With a focus on sharing what we've learned in our journey as a company, we launched our DEI resources webpage.
JUN 2021
Fall 2019
Al Vivian Keynote Challenges our Unconscious Biases
As our keynote speaker at our all-company Summit, Al Vivian, challenges our unconscious biases.
Feb 2020
DEI Council Formed
13 founding team members are chosen to represent the company and shape our work on DEI.
Aug 2020
DEI Mission & Strategic Organization Formed
In addition to our mission, a strategic organization was developed and adopted by our Board around three sub-committees for our DEI Council: Team Member Engagement, External Audiences, and Diverse Workforce Development.
Sep 2020
Board commits to DEI-focused sponsorships
SRS began their partnership with and sponsorship of Project REAP, ICSC's Launch Academy, and CREW Network.
Apr 2021
Internship Program begins
SRS welcomes summer interns through the ICSC Launch Academy Internship Program.

SOAR: SRS' Women in Brokerage​ Group

SOAR's mission is to develop a community of diverse women in commercial real estate that is better together and individually through empowerment, education, networking, mentorship, and business development.

Educational Resources

Inclusion Starts with I

#InclusionStartsWithI​ is a discussion around the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment. Starring a group of Accenture people, this video demonstrates that bias can appear in both expected and unexpected ways – and that each of us has the power to make a difference.

Women in the Workplace 2020

This is the sixth year of the Women in the Workplace study—in a year unlike any other. This effort, conducted in partnership with LeanIn.Org, tracks the progress of women in corporate America.


The unapologetic leader’s guide to empowering everyone around you. Unleashed provides radical advice for the practice of leadership today. Showing how the boldest, most effective leaders use a special combination of trust, love, and belonging to create spaces where other people can excel.

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