Developer Mentorship Program

The NAIOP Developer Mentorship Program

The NAIOP Developer Mentorship Program provides a unique opportunity for minority and women developers to build lasting connections with experienced developers through a six-month intensive mentorship program. 

Seasoned developer mentors are selected by NAIOP with input from mission-aligned industry partner organizations, such as PREA, ULI AAREP Philadelphia, or CREW members. 

Minority and women developers will be selected by NAIOP from mentee feeder organizations, such as Black Squirrel’s Philly RiSE Program, PHDC’s Minority Developer Program (MDP), and Jumpstart Germantown. 

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What it means

This initiative serves as a platform for mentor-mentee pairs to engage, learn, and thrive together, enhancing growth, awareness, and exposure in the real estate development industry. 

The program reshapes the narrative in real estate development by promoting meaningful connections to accelerate the growth of underrepresented developers. 

The program goes beyond traditional mentorship. Mentors will create unique inclusive experiences for mentees which enable them to gain exposure by “shadowing” and other opportunities. 

Program Goal

The program’s commitment to diversity and inclusion empowers emerging developers to break barriers, contribute meaningfully to the industry, and grow their firms and capabilities. 

The program allows participants to create a future characterized by innovation, varied perspectives, and wealth creation. 

How it works

Through regular meetings and networking events mentors offer guidance, share experiences, and provide valuable industry knowledge to meet the mentees where they are on their development journey. 

Mentor-mentee pairs meet at least monthly to build relationships, exchange ideas, and forge collaborations, all of which contribute to a more interconnected and diverse real estate development landscape. 

Program events include a Kick-Off, program tours, group dinners, and a closing event. 

Click here to apply to be a mentee. Application deadline extended to June 7, 2024.

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