JLL hosts inaugural Black Excellence Summit

More than 100 JLL Black professionals and leaders gathered virtually to promote empowerment, learning and networking opportunities

JLL’s first annual Black Excellence Summit hosted over 100 virtual participants to develop new skills, hear from inspiring JLL Black leaders and create networking opportunities. The event was sponsored by JLL’s Empower Black Professionals Network and Americas Learning and Leadership Development team.

Day 1

Mary Bilbrey, JLL’s Global Chief Human Resources Officer, kicked off the summit with opening remarks welcoming attendees and emphasizing the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Dana Lemelin, Executive Director & Head of Leadership Development, led a discussion of thinking preference styles using the Herrmann Brain Dominance assessment. Participants explored their own cognitive diversity and how to use those insights to work more effectively with peers and co-workers. 

Following the Herman Brain assessment, JLL’s senior Black leaders led two powerful panel discussions focused on building connections and the importance of sponsorship.

“Networking can be very transactional...I want to meet “X” so they can do “Y” for me,” shared Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman for JLL Americas. “On the other hand, connecting means you do something for someone without regard for what you will receive in return. This results in an enduring relationship which becomes part of a solid network.”

To close out the first day, attendees heard from JLL’s Asiyat Villalba, Senior Director, Head of Talent Management and Taryn Karchmar, Head of Global Executive Recruiting who shared key leadership skillsets needed to make career moves at JLL.

Day 2

On the second day of the summit, participants heard from Marion E. Brooks, best-selling author of “What You Don’t Know is Hurting You: 4 Keys to a Phenomenal Career.” As he discussed the “4 P’s” of what makes an outstanding career, attendees learned about the power of emotional intelligence and how it impacts career growth.

Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from an esteemed JLL executive panel, including Christian Ulbrich, Global Chief Executive Officer; Greg O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Americas; Nancy Goodson, Executive Managing Director, Capital Markets; Washington Botelho de Souza, Latin America Division President; Kennedy Oates, Chief Procurement Officer; and Sanjay Rishi, Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Solutions Americas.

The leaders gave insights into shareholder priorities, leadership decision-making, as well as why diversity and inclusion is a business imperative at JLL.

Day two closed with a presentation by Vincent Shorter, an IT Executive and speaker on overcoming adversity and advancing in the workplace. He shared the PIE model (performance, image, exposure) and the importance of focusing on exposure opportunities.

Day 3

On the final day of the summit, panelists heard from over 10 Black leaders at JLL as they each shared a personal story of practicing self-care, building a strong professional network, finding mentors and self-advocating. 

The last session of the Black Excellence Summit, “A View from the Top,” included Bobby Mehta, Chairman of JLL’s Board of Directors, and Marty Nesbit, Board Director. Greg O’Brien facilitated the session by asking powerful questions and sharing thoughts about JLL, hope for the future, and increased commitment to inclusion and sustainability. Nesbit closed by sharing a powerful story with a message to inspire all attendees to continue their drive to ‘aim higher.’

Nashunda Williams, Senior Director, Account Technology and National Empower Black Professionals Network (BPN) Lead closed out the summit by encouraging members to become involved with the BPN.

The Black Excellence Summit will continue to be an accelerator for the ongoing effort and commitment to drive empowerment, leadership development and career advancement for Black professionals at the firm.

Black Excellence Summit attendees share their experience

Learn more about JLL’s Empower Black Professionals Network whose mission is to attract, develop and retain top Black talent at JLL through community engagement, leadership development and a culture of inclusiveness.