CBRE Appoints Karen Ellzey Co-Executive Sponsor of LGBT & Allies

Nov 3, 2017 10:45 AM ET

LOS ANGELES, November 3, 2017 /3BL Media/ - CBRE today announced that Karen Ellzey, CBRE Executive Managing Director, Global Workplace Solutions (GWS), has taken a leadership role for LGBT & Allies. Ms. Ellzey will serve as the Co-Executive Sponsor of the company’s employee network group. 

Founded in 2009, LGBT & Allies is a group dedicated to supporting our LGBT community while influencing CBRE diversity and inclusion practices. Since launching the group, LGBT & Allies has grown to 300 employees.

Ms. Ellzey will work with Chris Ludeman, Capital Markets Global President and Co-Executive Sponsor to LGBT & Allies. Together they will support the LGBT & Allies leadership team on all their aspirations for the group. 

“Karen has an outstanding history as a leader within our company. She has a reputation for getting things done and at the same time has a passion for diversity and inclusion topics,” says Mr. Ludeman. “I am confident she’ll bring the same excellence to her expanded role with LGBT & Allies.” 

With 17 years at CBRE and over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, Ms. Ellzey is a recognized thought leader. For GWS, she oversees client strategy and consulting, business analytics, the CBRE Institute, the Building Innovation Lab, and marketing and communications, in addition to supporting numerous strategic initiatives. She and her team specialize in corporate real estate organization design and delivery models, process design and optimization, business analytics, and occupancy cost solutions for public and private-sector clients. Their work includes consulting engagements, workshops, and innovation activities focused on helping clients define strategic priorities, identify improved solutions and implement new delivery models and methods that result in superior outcomes.

“The LGBT & Allies leadership team has created a strong foundation over the years and I look forward to supporting their progress and positive impacts. This group and its members have the potential to influence many professional lives at CBRE,” says Ms. Ellzey.

Additional information about diversity and inclusion practices at CBRE can be found at

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