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Corenet Global WA State 2019 Award Winners

Ben Flajole announced as Washington State Chapter | CoreNet Global Young Leader of the Year.

The Washington State Chapter of CoreNet Global announced Ben Flajole, Senior Planning and Financial Analyst at CBRE, as the 2019 Young Leader of the Year. The award recognizes an industry professional who shows dedication and enthusiasm at work, exemplifies excellence, and is considered ‘one to watch’ in the broad field of corporate real estate. Ben is a part of the CBRE Global Workplace Solutions team on the Microsoft account and is focused on transaction management for an international portfolio. Ben’s passion for bringing people together has made him a leader within the Washington State Chapter of CoreNet Global with a goal of strengthening the corporate real estate community. He was responsible for driving the development of a new Washington State Chapter website, which will create a platform for people to engage with the chapter in new ways.

Ben has been a member of CoreNet Global since 2016 and has been the chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee since 2018. He was recently elected to the board of the Washington State Chapter.

Sharon Loveland Named Washington State Chapter | CoreNet Global Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year.


Sharon Loveland, Workplace Strategy Manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was recognized as the 2019 CoreNet Global Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year for the Washington State Chapter. The award recognizes a corporate real estate executive who has made outstanding and distinguished contributions to their company and to the profession in the past year.

Loveland, who has worked with the Gates Foundation for more than five years, has focused her efforts on ensuring that Gates employees are provided work spaces that enable them to achieve at their highest level. Her most recent focus has been to experiment with the concept of “place” to support behaviors that shape culture and drive impact.

She also led the program to create an internal coworking space that allows cross-functional teams to come together to work in different ways. This design has helped break down silos and encourage creativity. Loveland recognized that teams periodically needed to come together when grappling with some of the world’s most challenging problems. She created a unique space that facilitated and empowered this multiple-team effort.

Loveland partners with vendors, Gates Organizational Development, IT and others to discover how teams want to “be” together in their workspace. Agility, listening, strenuous change management and continuous improvement are key markers of her management style. They have contributed to her success as her projects and career continue to evolve.

Loveland has been a member of CoreNet since 2012. She has served on the
Programs Committee, Marketing & Communications Committee and as a
Chapter Board Member. She earned the CoreNet professional designation of Masters in Corporate Real Estate with a specialty in Workplace Strategy (MCRw) earlier this year.