• BKM Capital Partners

CREW Industry Report: Best Practices for Recruiting, Retaining and Advancing Women


Newport Beach, CA, September 12, 2022 – For companies and leadership teams, the ability to retain, recruit, and advance women should be part of their culture and one that both current and future female employees should notice and experience. CREW Network, the leading voice of DEI in the CRE industry, is also the leading partner for companies who are committed to advancing women and diversity. Companies partner with CREW Network as year-long sponsors and signatories of the CREW Network CRE Pledge for Action, a global CEO-driven industry commitment to support the advancement of women and other individuals in underrepresented groups.


BKM Capital Partners focuses on employee engagement starting with a robust onboarding program. “Once team members have adjusted to their new role, we ensure that they clearly understand their position and the significance of their contribution to the company’s overall success. We offer self-guided training platforms, as well as mid-level manager and emerging leaders training programs,” said Susan Rounds, managing director of operations. The company builds community through monthly team activities such as potlucks, social events, and contests. The entire company comes together twice a year for training and team-building activities, including the annual BKM Olympics. “This brings employees from our 13 offices in multiple states to our California headquarters to intermingle and team-build in-person, allowing for more inclusivity between all branches and a greater connection among personnel,” said Rounds.


“BKM Capital Partners focuses on creating an inclusive workplace, despite the challenges of remote work schedules,” said Rounds. “We have adjusted our operational practices to accommodate both online and onsite work styles to enhance staff wellbeing and satisfaction. As part of our commitment to DEI, we prioritize all women candidates for our available positions. In addition, we actively promote from within our current team, which is 57% women. Our BKM Women’s Network Group provides collaboration, support, training, and mentoring. We also offer mid-level management and emerging leaders training programs throughout the year.”

Read the full report here.

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