Black Professionals Network
As one of JLL's Business Resource Groups, the Empower — Black Professionals Network’s mission is to attract, develop and retain top black talent at JLL through community engagement, leadership development and a culture of inclusiveness.
Conversations on diversity and inclusion
Hear from Black Professionals Network leaders on the importance of diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace and community.
Who we are
Hear from members on what drives their passion for diversity and inclusion.
Nashunda Williams, Senior Director, Account Technology and National Empower – Black Professionals Network Lead
I joined this BRG to be in a position to serve our members and become part of a growing network of powerful professionals at JLL. I enjoy being an advocate for positive change at work, as well as in our community. We can learn so much from each other. Every person has a story to tell and at JLL, your voice is heard, your perspective matters and you have the power to make positive change.
R. Matthew Johnson, Manager, Projects
I was in my early 20’s when I joined JLL. Although my understanding of the commercial real estate industry was fair, I was new to this firm’s high level of operation. Luckily, I found the heart of the people I worked with to be very development-oriented. Through the challenges we face, we mentor and support one another. Seven years later, I now find myself contributing to the tradition. There’s nothing like working with people every day who believe in you. I’m grateful to all of my co-workers and managers who have helped me along the way.
Staci Stout, Associate, Public Institutions
I initially joined the BRG to get to know others in the DC metro region and to learn more about JLL. My favorite experience in the EBPN has always been the Mid-Atlantic joint panel with our Women’s Business Network where commercial real estate leaders discuss their experiences in the industry. It’s always insightful and refreshing to engage with a diverse group of men and women in CRE as they share stories and offer wisdom and advice taken from their missteps and successes.
See how we put our diversity and inclusion values into action.
Represented JLL at the Executive Leadership Council Conference
Named a top 50 Best Company for Diversity by Black Enterprises Magazine
Introduced first international chapter in Brazil
Partners with REAP Inc., which provides talented minority professionals opportunities in commercial real estate
Hosted notable event guest speakers, including JLL Board Member Marty Nesbitt, the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Microsoft’s Michael Ford
Hosts quarterly professional development webinars for members