Inclusion & Belonging
As a leader in the commercial real estate industry, we are committed to and actively investing in strengthening our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) program to positively impact and drive change in an industry that has historically not been reflective of the diverse world in which we operate.
Berkadia takes this mission to heart, and in partnership with Ivy Planning Group, an external consulting practice with more than 30 years of experience, we are shaping a meaningful and sustainable plan to leverage DEIB as a competitive advantage and imbed it into all aspects of our organizational workforce, workplace, and marketplace strategies.
Rodolfo Lopes and His Role
in Berkadia’s DEIB Program
Rodolfo Lopes, Director of DEIB at Berkadia, discusses the importance of DEIB in the CRE industry and what brought him to this career path.
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“The company’s biggest focus right now is the future. How do we make sure that five years from now, seven years from now, ten years from now, we’re the most relevant competitor in the industry?”
-Justin Wheeler, CEO
Our culture, or Berkadia Way as we know it, encourages us to truly see people as people, with unique needs, challenges, and objectives. We take this into consideration when working with each other, engaging our clients, and supporting our communities. Thus, instilling a mindset that fosters our shared commitment to self-accountability helps us see our impact on each other and adjust our efforts accordingly. DEIB is at the core of this mindset, and we believe that we are uniquely positioned to meet current and future aspirations because of it.
Voices of Berkadia
Stories from Berkadians about their experiences at Berkadia.
Berkadia’s Employee Resource Groups
Our Employee Resource Groups (ERG)s are voluntary, employee-led groups that create a safe space for employees to share ideas, issues or concerns. Moreover, these groups foster opportunities for employees to learn about each other’s cultures, backgrounds and experiences.
BeWIN Berkadia’s Women’s ERG
BeWIN’s mission is to develop, mentor and promote initiatives that focus on the diverse women’s community and allies at Berkadia to support career growth and advancement. Their purpose is to facilitate the development and maturation of strong connections, and support women across the company, while creating a safe place for women to grow in their CRE careers.
BeProud+ Berkadia’s LGBTQ+ ERG
BePROUD+’s mission is to foster and cultivate community, mentorship, professional development and networking opportunities among Berkadia’s diverse LGBTQ+ employees and allies. Their purpose is to address underrepresentation and eliminate barriers for Berkadia’s LGBTQ+ employee base to promote diversity and retention in order to better achieve shared business outcomes.
BeUNITED Berkadia’s Multicultural ERG
BeUNITED’s purpose is to create a network focused on empowering, connecting, developing, and supporting employees regardless of race, ethnicity, or nationality thus resulting in a stronger, united workforce. They are committed to honoring and celebrating multicultural identities and embracing diversity among the different dimensions of race, ethnicity, culture and beyond.
Here at Berkadia, we believe people matter.
In fact, our people are the heart and soul of everything we do. That’s why we employ the top CRE professionals in our industry, and make sure we invest in their personal development and training. With a focus on innovation and insights, we set the bar high – and keep it there – so that we provide best-in-class service for our clients.