The Real Estate Accelerator Lab (REAL) is an industry-supported program designed to educate and mentor the next generation of Greater Cincinnati real estate professionals. Program participants are choosen to bring together a diverse class with a focus on leadership and those typically underrepresented in the real estate development industry. The goal of the REAL program is to expand diversity of race, ethnicity and gender identity in real estate development by offering a selected group the opportunity to expand their knowledge and build skills. Participants will develop a valuable network of fellow students, REAL graduates and industry professionals. Importantly, graduates will learn the building blocks of creating and sustaining thriving careers and communities.
The eight-month program is comprised of eight program days and a group project. Each program day has a specific topic of focus and takes place at The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber, 2303 Gilbert Avenue in Cincinnati.
2019-2020 Program Day Schedule*
1st Thursday of every month with the exception of January and May; 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM.
Program Day 1: Kick-Off – October 3, 2019
Program Day 2 – November 7, 2019
Program Day 3 – December 5, 2019
Program Day 4 – January 9, 2020
Program Day 5 – February 6, 2020
Program Day 6 - March 5, 2020
Program Day 7 - April 2, 2020
Program Day 8: Graduation and Project Presentations - May 7, 2020 and/or May 14, 2020 (3:00-5:30 PM)
The REAL Board is Comprised of the Following Organizations
Catalytic Development Funding Corp. of NKY
Cincinnati Development Fund
Cushman & Wakefield
First Financial Bank
The Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce
Kingsley + Company
LISC Greater Cincinnati & Northern KY
Terrex Development & Construction
Ideal participants are mid-career, Greater Cincinnati professionals who have a strong interest in advancing their career in the real estate profession. The program will be enriched by the diversity of participants which will include people of color, women, entrepreneurs, LGBTQ, non-profit and for-profit professionals. Select leaders with varying levels of familiarity with real estate development will create a myriad of experiences and perspectives.
Students are selected from a pool of applicants through a rigorous process of screening and interviewing.
- Emerging Leader: Individuals poised to assume leadership positions and/or have an entrepreneurial drive to create and foster real estate development in their communities
- Skills: Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Experience: Minimum 5 years of experience which may include education, work or real estate investment or a combination thereof
Applicants are required to submit the following:
- Completed and signed application
- Short essays
- Resume or bio