Back to School: Great Places to Learn About the Industry


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Ah, the sweet scent of Elmer’s Glue, Crayolas, and new laptops. The office supplies sales and circling yellow school buses that mark the return to school are everywhere. Learning is important, but as we know, it doesn’t end after we earn our degrees. Staying on top of the latest commercial real estate developments is how professionals provide value for our clients and remain at the top of the class. Keep your pencils sharp at these industry learning opportunities.

CRE//Tech Events

Gather with the brightest minds and newest startups disrupting the CRE industry at CRE//Tech events like Intersect. Hosted throughout the year and across the nation, attendees discuss what’s trending and where the industry is going. Each session delivers keynotes from industry leaders, networking opportunities, and vendor exhibits. Besides top notch events, CRE//Tech regularly delivers white papers covering the latest tech developments.

ICSC University

The University of Shopping Centers is the top educational event focused on the retail real estate and shopping center industry. Over three days, attendees sign up for courses chock full of practical knowledge and insider tips to optimize their daily practices. The courses are designed for all professional working in this retail space: asset managers, developers, designers, and more. Make key contacts with thought leaders in every niche.

CCIM Institute Annual Global Conference

Commercial real estate’s professional organization is dedicated to education. Professionals can take courses to earn the CCIM designation and put a stamp on their real estate expertise. Each year, CCIM designees gather at the annual conference to trade ideas that reshape the future for the CRE industry. Learn about the latest technology, demographic shifts, and best practices that drive CRE.


Industrial and office real estate professionals can earn the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) designation to highlight their professional skills in this industry niche. Through e-learning and conference events, members and non-members can take SIOR professional development opportunities offered throughout the year.


The Building Owners and Managers Association International offers a wealth of educational opportunities for those managing commercial properties. Educational seminars can be found online or through classroom learning opportunities. BOMA hosts an annual International Conference and Expo, a conference focused on Medical Office Building and healthcare real estate, and more professional development opportunities.

Inman Connect

Top professionals from all aspects of the real estate industry take part in Inman Connect to learn, gain insights, and network with leaders. Try the latest technological tools and enroll in hands-on learning sessions. Tracks cover CEOs, Technology, Agents, and Brokers.

Social Media World

For content marketers, there’s nothing quite like Social Media Marketing World. This trade show brings together thousands of marketers for workshops, panels, and sessions hitting on everything from new social media platforms disrupting the marketing world to optimizing social media strategies. Different tracks are available to zero in on what it is you want to learn: creators, analytics, corporate social, social tactics and more.

Content Marketing Institute

CMI’s mission is to advance content marketing through education. To that end, it offers conferences like Content Marketing World and Intelligent Content Conference, a traveling master class, and webinars aimed to enhance your knowledge on everything from social tactics

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