ULI Arizona Advancing Arizona's Real Estate Industry Through Diversity


2022-05-19T16:00:00 - 2022-05-19T18:00:00

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    Phoenix College - John Paul Theatre 1202 W. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85013 United States


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    Diversity is a broad term. In real estate, it means representing all communities with a variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, and a wide range of lifestyles and experiences. It’s recognizing and representing different demographic groups in a given market area resulting in better advocacy for education, homeownership and private property rights.

    In order for real estate companies to be able to relate to a diverse population, it is important to have representatives of these diverse populations providing input to decisions.  Educating underserved youth about our industry provides them with the tools to make better decisions about issues in their communities, either as participants in land use discussions, as entrepreneurs or as employees of real estate related companies. It’s all about education!

    ULI Arizona’s DEI Committee works to provide strategic guidance and implement systems to engage students, youth and leaders of diverse backgrounds with professional opportunities and resources within ULI and the real estate and development industry. 

    We have partnered with Project Destined -- a global, social impact platform that teaches underserved youth the fundamentals of commercial real estate. Students work with leading executives to evaluate live deals in their community and present them in a pitch competition. Scholars emerge with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks that prepare them to secure a strong first job.

    Hear firsthand from our panel of experts how you and your organization can make a difference in the lives of our future industry leaders.  Join us at Phoenix College, founded in 1920 as a place of inclusion, and which continues to be a place of diversity, equity and access.  We look forward to your participation in this important conversation. 

    Speakers include:
    Catherine Anaya, Three-time Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Host, Speaker and Media Personality - Moderator
    Alexis Barber, Student and Regional Production Director, Project Destined
    C. Joseph Blackbourn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Everest Holdings
    Cedric Bobo, Co-Founder, Project Destined
    Natalia Chavez, Development Analyst, Dominium

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    Cedric Bobo

    CEO, CO-Founder, Project Destined

    Cedric Bobo is the CEO and Co-founder of Project Destined, a social impact vehicle that trains urban youth and military veterans to be owners and stakeholders in the communities in which they live, work and play. Prior to founding Project Destined, Cedric spent over 20 years as an investor an investment banker including over 10 years at The Carlyle Group where he committed over $2 Billion of equity capital. In 2015, Cedric was named to the “10 Top Powerful Black People on Wall Street You Should Know.” Prior to Carlyle, he worked at D.L.J. Merchant Banking (London) and McCown De Leeuw. He is the co-founder of Charter Board Partners, a non-profit focused on governance in the charter school sector. He also serves on the District of Columbia’s Office of Public Charter School Financing and Support Credit Committee and Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School. Cedric received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSME, summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee.


    Alexis Barber

    Project Destined

    My name is Alexis Barber, I am a current Freshman at Arizona State University, studying marketing. Before I started my first semester of Freshman year, I was contacted by ASU’s MRED department with the opportunity to apply to Project Destined. I knew right away it was something I wanted to pursue. Their brief intro hit everything I was looking for, they accepted freshmen, they offered a scholarship, but most importantly, they would give me the opportunity to learn and be exposed to commercial real estate in ways I did not think was possible for someone my age. I started with Project Destined during my first semester of Freshman year where I was fortunate enough to be placed on team ULI AZ. I was given the opportunity to meet and work with industry leaders from ULI Arizona such as Deb Sydenham, Joe Blackbourn, Gary Linhart, and so many others. Throughout my internship, I got to develop a live deal, network with industry professionals, and compete against other teams to further my skills and knowledge. This internship opened numerous doors for me and connected me to many different possibilities. Just a few examples, I alongside Cedric and members of ULI AZ being featured in AZRE Magazine, I am a panelist representing Project Destined, and I am now pursuing my real estate license. Towards the end of my internship, I was hired to the production team where I get to meet with academic partners, and help bring in the talent that makes Project Destined what it is. One of the most valuable experiences so far was being a Program Manager where I got to lead a team of interns, allowing me to learn leadership, and watch others be given the same opportunity I had to grow. Overall, Project Destined has been an amazing experience and opportunity for me, and I can’t wait to see where it continues to take me in the future.


    Joe Blackbourn

    President & CEO, Everest Holdings

    Joe Blackbourn founded Everest Holdings in 2002. His investment and development experience includes office buildings, multifamily communities, shopping centers, hotel properties, business parks, mixed-use developments, land, loan purchases, and portfolios of distressed assets. Currently, Everest Holdings operates several equity investment strategies and a debt platform. Joe is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and can be called Badger or Cheesehead interchangeably. He is active in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is perhaps most proud of his work on Partnership Forum, Arizona’s mentorship program for Young Leaders. Joe is also a member of NAIOP, Lambda Alpha International and REIAC. He serves on the Boards of Directors of First Place Arizona and the Board of Visitors of the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin. He is on the advisory committee for ASU’s excellent MRED program.


    Natalia Chavez

    Development and Acquisitions Analyst, Dominium

    Natalia is a Development and Acquisitions Analyst at Dominium, one of the nation's largest private affordable housing developers. She is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, and managing new development and acquisition opportunities throughout the Mountain West region from pre-development to post-construction. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University, a Master in City Planning from Boston University, and a Master in Public Administration with a public-private development focus from the Harvard Kennedy School.


    Catherine Anaya


    Catherine Anaya is a 3-time Emmy Award-winning Journalist and former longtime television news anchor. The media personality is currently an emcee, speaker, and host of The Women's Eye podcast, featuring empowering conversations with inspiring women who are changing the world and making a difference. She is a recent inductee into the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences nationally recognized Silver Circle for more than 25-years of broadcast excellence and contribution to the community. Catherine anchored and reported 12 of those years at CBS 5 News in Phoenix. Prior to that she was an anchor/reporter in Los Angeles, Indiana, and Texas. She has won numerous awards including 'Anchor of the Year' by the Arizona Associated Press Broadcasters Association. Her career highlights include interviewing President Obama at the White House and co-anchoring a post Presidential debate with the legendary journalist Walter Cronkite. Catherine is also an award-winning magazine columnist. She is an Arizona Press Club winner for Commentary/Analysis for her past column in Latino Perspectives Magazine. She is a Parenting Publications of America Silver Award Winner for her past column in Los Angeles Family Magazine. Catherine has been lauded by magazines such as Phoenix Magazine (Best TV Newcomer) and Arizona Foothills Magazine where she's been a multi-year winner of the Best of Our Valley categories for News Anchor of the Year and Favorite Female TV Personality. Catherine is the 2021 recipient of the Athena Valley of the Sun HAIL (Honoring Athena Inspired Leaders) Award for LIVE AUTHENTICALLY, recognizing groundbreaking women in the community who lead with principles that create awareness and embody the strength of women leaders. She is a former member of the Make-A-Wish Arizona Board of Directors and is a member of The KNOW Women, a community of high-achieving female leaders, creators, and entrepreneurs. Catherine is also featured in the 2019 - 2020 Best of KNOW Book featuring high-performing women from across the country. She was also named an Arizona Latina Trailblazer in 2014. Catherine is a former longtime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Arizona Latino News Media Association Board of Directors, and is a graduate of the Valley's Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI) Class of 2004. Catherine is a USC alumna. She is the founder of the women's charitable group Sisterhood of Super Women, and helped her children create The Lats Legacy Foundation and scholarship in memory of their late father. She is a fitness enthusiast and a three-time Boston Marathon finisher (2007, 2011, 2012.