Counsel Gina Love (New York-Real Estate) was honored at the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) Diversity Reception, which took place on May 19 at ICSC’s Spring convention in Las Vegas. Love was recognized for her efforts as a founder of the annual networking reception, which has become a premier event at ICSC RECon, the Global Retail Real Estate Convention.
This year, the ICSC also introduced the “Love Scholarship for Diversity,” named in Love’s honor, which offers tuition assistance to sophomore, junior and senior university students belonging to an underrepresented minority group.
“It was really wonderful to have a decade of work to increase diversity in the real estate industry honored and appreciated by the leadership of ICSC,” Love said.
Now in its 11th year and attended by approximately 600 people, the ICSC Diversity Reception offers a venue for industry professionals from diverse backgrounds to network, hear from industry leaders, and form strong and lasting business relationships in the retail and real estate industries. Shearman & Sterling, a major sponsor and organizer of the event since 2008, was a Platinum Sponsor of this year’s reception. David LaRue, CEO of Forest City Enterprises and the Chairman of ICSC, made remarks in recognition of Love’s accomplishments.
“I was pleased to see Gina honored at the ICSC Diversity Reception,” said New York Real Estate partner Malcolm Montgomery. “The scholarship in her name is a wonderful way to recognize her contributions. The International Council of Shopping Centers is widely recognized as one of the leading real estate industry organizations, and Gina’s many years of work on this event have helped to strengthen Shearman & Sterling’s connections in the industry while promoting greater opportunities for all.”
Anna Brown, Shearman & Sterling’s Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, added, “We’re proud of Gina’s efforts to advance diversity, her commitment to education, and her recognition of the importance of professional connections and mentoring, all of which reflect our firm’s values.”