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The revamped IREM DISI program transforms into a path to the CPM with career development support

By Journal of Property Management

As part of honoring the diversity of our community, IREM offers programs and resources to support people from marginalized identities and diversify the profession of real estate management. An important part of this effort is the recently revamped DISI program.

DISI stands for Diversity & Inclusion Succession Initiative. DISI is a career development program designed to provide support and resources to 10 members annually. The program is open to any IREM member or employee of an AMO organization, with a priority on members of marginalized identities. What’s different this year is that the program is now a pipeline to obtain the CPM designation, rather than just a recognition program.

A meaningful shift

In partnership with the DEI Advisory Council, the enhanced DISI program launched in May 2023. DISI support now includes an IREM Foundation scholarship that will cover 75% of the cost of up to three courses or exams toward a certification. This year’s program also offers recognition opportunities and a formal mentorship process, making for a more successful mentor experience. Mentors will receive 50% off Global Summit registration and a story in JPM as an added benefit for volunteering their efforts and expertise.

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“The shift from recognition to career development is a significant change in the trajectory of the program and its recipients to something more meaningful,” says Erica Williams, program liaison for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at IREM. “A key component of this is the more structured and intentional mentorship process. Mentorship is such a meaningful tool for success, and we’re excited about the impact this addition will bring to the program.”

The mentorship component is significant to both DISI leaders and mentors. Williams says, “This year, we received our highest number of applicants for the mentor position ever. That tells me our members know the value of mentorship. I’m hopeful that because of these changes, DISI leaders will walk away feeling like they got everything they expected and benefits that can elevate them personally and in their careers.”

Building the IREM community and real estate profession

In addition to furthering careers, the DISI program helps build the IREM community and the real estate management profession. By continuing to foster inclusive environments, encouraging conversations, and providing resources to IREM members and those looking to get involved with the Institute, this program offers an experience of a lifetime, which in turn creates a better community in both IREM and the field.

DISI leaders get a first-hand opportunity to learn from leaders in the IREM community who will give them the tools they need to succeed. Having the opportunity to engage with people you might not otherwise engage with in a meaningful way improves the IREM community and how we see each other in the world. Programs like DISI help remove historical barriers in property management for people from marginalized groups and identities, improving DEI in the field.

For additional information on DEI initiatives at IREM and the DISI program, visit IREM’s DEI webpage.

2023 DISI leaders

Isabel Cauich
CBRE, Inc., AMO®
Pasadena, CA
Chelsea Maher-Harris, ACoM®
Shannon Waltchack Management, LLC, AMO®
Birmingham, AL
Veronica McNeely
Cornerstone Companies, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN

Christopher Navarro
Lincoln Property Co., AMO®
Brandon, FL
Lizette Negrin, CPM®
Lee & Associates Houston
Houston, TX
Marvette Perry, ACoM®
Dallas, TX

Maria Richardson
Absolute Storage Management, Inc., AMO®
Cordova, TN

Destiny Robinson
Interurban Real Estate Group
Portland, OR


William Weaver
Garden Heights Property Management
Jackson Heights, NY

Journal of Property Management

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