Young Leaders Professional Development Program


Young Leaders Professional Development Program
2024 Applications have closed! 

Developed by CoreNet Global  - New England chapter Board Members, the Young Leaders Professional Development Program (YLPDP) was launched in 2015. The program consists of a series of educational, personal, and professional development sessions throughout the year, which are led by top Real Estate Executives and a professional career coach.

This one-year program brings together a maximum of 12 young professionals who spend the year together on a journey of personal and professional enrichment.  The Program leverages senior members of the CRE community as faculty as well as outside professionals in the area of professional development.  It focuses on elevating young professionals’ understanding of the various disciplines that make up the corporate real estate field and, through personal one-on-one coaching, allows the young leader to better understand his/her strengths and areas for improvement as well as how to enhance their personal brand and leadership skills. At the end of the program, the class will “graduate” at our annual Awards of Excellence dinner.

Program Leaders:
Sarah Abrams, Senior Vice President of Global Real Estate, Iron Mountain
Chris Petryshin, Partner and Managing Director, VVA Project & Cost Managers
James Mandeville, Managing Director, Client Solutions, CBRE


2024 Application - Deadline: Wednesday, November 15 by 5PM


Young Leaders Professional Development Program 2023 Cohort Schedule:

  • 1/12/23: Kickoff lunch with Sarah Abrams, Chris Petryshin, James Mandeville and LeahGrace on Thursday, January 12, 12pm-2pm, Iron Mountain (in-person)
  • 1/24/23: Group coaching session with LeahGrace on Tuesday, January 24, 12pm-2:30pm (virtual).
  • 2/8/23: "The Art of Presenting" with Sarah Abrams on Wednesday, February 8, 3pm-4:30pm, at Iron Mountain (in-person)
  • 3/9/23: Dinner at Ostra Boston with the 2023 YLPDP Cohort and Leaders, and our Executive Committee: Wednesday, March 9 from 6pm-9pm
  • 3/16/23: "Leasing Ins and Outs" with Cynthia Keliher of McCarter & English and Kevin Heffernan, formerly of Liberty Mutual on Thursday, March16, 1pm-3:30pm, at McCarter & English (in-person)
  • 3/27/23: "Writing with Clarity" Class with Ken O'Quinn, Monday, March 27, 9am-1pm at CBRE (in-person)
  • 3/28/23-3/29/23: Individual 1:1 (1-hour) sessions with Ken O'Quinn, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28-March 29 at CBRE (in-person)
  • 4/5/23: "Finance for Corporate Real Estate" with George Conti with Iron Mountain,  Wednesday, April 5, 2pm-4pm, at CBRE (in-person)
  • 4/13/23: Lunch and Learn and Kevin Heffernan, held at CBRE Offices, Thursday, April 13, 12:30pm-2:30pm (in-person)
  • 5/18/23: Lunch and Learn with Adam Fandrey at Middlesex Savings Bank in Natick, Thursday, May, 12:30pm-2:30pm (in-person)
  • 5/24/23: Coaching session with LeahGrace, 1:30pm-5:30pm, at CBRE (in-person)
  • 6/14/23: "Metrics & Reporting" with Brendan Callahan with JLL, Wednesday, June 14, 9am-11am at JLL (in-person)
  • 6/22/23: Lunch and Learn with Chris Horblit at TJX Offices in Marlborough, Thursday, June 22,2023, 12:30pm-2:30pm (in-person)
  • 9/5/2023: "Effective Engagement with Procurement" with Sarah Abrams and Linda Behan on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 12:00pm-1:30pm (in-person),
  • 9/19/23: "Doing Business Internationally" with Mark Watkins with Thermo Fisher Scientific, on Tuesday, September 19, 9am-11am, at Thermo Fisher Scientific (in-person)
  • 10/25/23: "Portfolio Strategy and Planning" with Joshua Lehr and Sarah Abrams on Wednesday, October 25, 1:00pm-5:00pm at CBRE (in-person)
  • 10/12/23: Lunch and Learn with Rich Bettina at Fresenius on Thursday, October 12, 12:30pm-2:30pm (in-person)
  • 10/26/23: Luncheon with Maureen Rystrom, Chapter President and Vice President/Partner at J. Calnan & Associates, Thursday, October 26, 12:30pm-2:30pm at J. Calnan & Associates Offices in Quincy, MA (in-person)
  • 11/8/23: Final Presentation by the 2023 YLPDP Cohort, Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 8:00am-10:00am, location TBD (in-person)
  • Spring 2024: Graduation of the 2023 YLPDP Cohort at the Annual Awards of Excellence (date TBD)

Young Leaders Professional Development Program Class of 2023
Adedoyin Adesina Associate Project Manager Fort Point Project Management
Tyler Cleverdon Director of Business Development AffinEco
Julia Fraser Associate Project Manager CBRE
Emily Jenkins Business Development Coordinator BR+A
Jennie Kang Director of Operations and Marketing Peabody Office
Spencer Ong Intern/Analyst Nan Fung Life Sciences
Aaron Parsons Senior Real Estate Specialist National Grid
Nick Passios Project Manager VVA Project & Cost Managers
Ruairi Scott Senior Cost Manager Turner & Townsend
Peter Skerrett Associate, Integrated Portfolio Services JLL
Rebecca Smith Design and Construction Manager Liberty Mutual

Contact the Executive Director of The New England Chapter of CoreNet Global with questions.