Young Leaders Professional Development Program

YLPDP_Logo_Full_Color.jpg Young Leaders Professional Development Program

Developed by New England Chapter Board Members, the Young Leaders Professional Development Program 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


YLPDP 2023 Cohort Schedule:


  • 1/12/23: Kickoff lunch with Sarah Abrams, Chris Petryshin, James Mandeville and LeahGrace on Thursday, January 12 from 12pm-2pm, Iron Mountain (in-person)
  • 1/24/23: Group coaching session with LeahGrace on Tuesday, January 24 from 12pm-2:30pm (virtual).
  • 2/8/23: "The Art of Presenting" with Sarah Abrams on Wednesday, February 8 from 3pm-4:30pm (in-person at CBRE)
  • 2/28/23: "Leasing Ins and Outs" with Cynthia Keliher of McCarter & English and Kevin Heffernan, formerly of Liberty Mutual on Tuesday, February 28 from 1pm-3:30pm, McCarter & English (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
  • 3/27/23: "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, March 28-March 29 at CBRE (in-person)
  • April 2023: "Effective Engagement with Procurement" with Sarah Abrams and Linda Behan (in-person)
  • 4/5/23: "Finance for Corporate Real Estate" with George Conti with Iron Mountain, 2pm-4pm (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)
  • May 2023: Coaching session with LeahGrace (in-person)
  • 6/14/23: "Metrics & Reporting" with Brendan Callahan with JLL, Wednesday, June 14, 9am-11am at JLL (in-person)
  • 6/22/23: Luncheon with Chris Horblit at TJX Offices in Marlborough, Thursday, June 22,2023, 12:30pm-2:30pm (in-person)
  • 9/19/23: "Doing Business Internationally" with Mark Watkins with Thermo Fisher Scientific, on Tuesday, September 19 from 9am-11am at Thermo Fisher Scientific (in-person)
  • October 2023: "Portfolio Strategy and Planning" with Joshua Lehr and Sarah Abrams (in-person)
  • November 2023: Final Presentation by the 2023 YLPDP Cohort (date 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 Karyn Houde, Managing Director, CoreNet New England, with questions. 

Meet the 2018 Leadership Development Program graduates in the video below: