Tanya Pope Joins Panel on Social Equity Trust for Minority-, Women- and Locally Owned Businesses

October 02, 2020

Tanya Pope, Assistant Vice President of University Supplier Diversity, joined a diverse group of leaders and stakeholders in government, public and private corporations, industry and community associations to discuss sustainable and equitable solutions for minority- and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) in commercial real estate at the CREW NY’s first Social Equity Trust. CREW NY is the NYC Chapter of CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women), an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women in Commercial Real Estate with over 12,000 members, in over 75 major markets.

Created to address equity issues in the MWBE industry, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force of CREWNY believes properly formulated diversity, equity, and inclusion programs lead to increased profit margins, retention, and improved community and client relationships. Panelists dedicated to the advancement of women in commercial real estate analyzed strategies for creating a diverse culture in New York for MWBEs in terms of recruitment, hiring, and procurement.  

Among the expert panelists, Tanya Pope presented on Columbia University’s success in supporting MWBE vendors through programs that increase spend and workforce university-wide, highlighting the proactive actions taken to meet the University’s diversity goals for contracting and construction workforce. Pope showcased the construction trade mentorship program created to recruit diverse firms to participate in the University campus expansion, the executive coaching program, CU Grow, created for MWBEs and firms local to Columbia to grow their businesses, and the pre-apprenticeship training program created in partnership with city and local organizations to support minorities, women, and local residents looking to obtain opportunities in the construction industry. 

“As one of the largest real estate owners in New York City, a leader among national higher education institutions, supplier diversity, and community engagement, Columbia University was an essential participant in our conversation," said the organizers of the event. Columbia University Facilities and Operations participated in the panel in support of the University’s commitment to working with and supporting diverse vendors. To learn more about CREWNY, visit: crewny.org