GE Capital Real Estate
General Electric Co.
New York, N.Y.
A first generation African-American whose mother immigrated to the U.S. from Guyana, Jillian E. Joseph has been executive counsel for GE Capital Real Estate since 2014, one of only two African-American women to hold an “executive” title at GE Capital Real Estate. She earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, at Colgate University, and her Juris Doctor, with honors, at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Joseph is committed to increasing opportunities for African-Americans in the real estate profession. “As long as the real estate industry is dominated by white males, African-Americans will continue to lag behind in passing on wealth and opportunities to the next generation,” she opines. At GE, she works to bring diversity to the company’s talent pool by spearheading a 10-week summer internship program for law students. A liaison to the company’s human resources team for the recruitment of diverse talent, she created a leadership workshop aimed at providing upper-management exposure to and opportunities for African-Americans at GE. And every year she participates in GE’s Job Shadow Day, hosting 50 high school students for an entire day at the company.
For 15 years, Joseph has dedicated her time and commitment to A Better Chance, a program providing educational opportunities to talented students of color. She has chaired Delta Academy, a supplemental educational program for young girls of color sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. “I wanted little girls who looked like me to know that there is absolutely nothing they could not do,” she explains.
Joseph’s commitment to education earned her the Coretta Scott King Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and the Amtrak 2015 Pioneer Award. She reflects, “I am just thrilled to have the opportunity to use my knowledge, talents, expertise, and resources to make the lives of African-American families better.”