Ohio Realtors


2021 Ohio REALTORS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit


October 12, 2021, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm




Phone: 614.225.6229


Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N. High St., 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

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Ohio REALTORS® advocates, engages, and leads to protect private property rights and advance the real estate industry.  We are the leading force driving real property ownership and promoting the value of a REALTOR® in strengthening Ohio’s communities.  Our values include Collaboration, Community, Diversity, Excellence, Inclusion, Innovation and Transparency.  In support of these core values, Ohio REALTORS® is proud to introduce our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit.

Included in your conference registration, join us for a Networking Reception from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 11th – the evening before our program. Register TODAY to attend this outstanding program!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

9:00 am – 10:00 am - Networking, Registration, Check in

10:00 am – 10:15 am - Welcome/Opening Remarks – Ohio REALTORS® President, Seth Task

10:15 am – 10:45 am - Breaking the Barriers - Lydia Pope, President of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers

10:45 am – 12:00 pm - Keynote Speaker - Eric Alva, Iraq War veteran, LGBTQ rights activist, and diversity advocate

Eric’s overall story of courage and triumph over adversity inspires audiences to create change by doing the right thing, stand up for what they believe, and make the world a better place for those who deserve to be treated with dignity.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm - Luncheon

CE Sessions - All four CE sessions will be presented twice - from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and again from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  Attendees may choose which two they will attend and will receive a total of 2 hours ce credit.

Session 1 - The State of Housing in America: Examining the Black-White Homeownership Gap
                 Mark Alston, Owner of Skyway Realty and Alston & Associates Mortgage Company in Los Angeles, CA

Homeownership is a key source of household wealth, most often representing our largest household asset.  But a well-documented racial gap in the homeownership rate has limited the financial benefits that accrue to black households, contributing to a broader racial disparity in wealth accumulation.  This program will review the key variables that have driven this homeownership gap and discuss policy recommendations aimed at reducing it. (1 hr credit)

Session 2 - Brokerage of the Future: Understanding and Implementing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
                  Tiffany Curry, Broker/Owner of BHHS Tiffany Curry & Co. in Houston, TX

This program will aid brokers to assess their policies in pursuit of implementing DEI goals, and in directing adoption by their staff/team. (1 hr credit)

Session 3 - Homeownership and LGBTQ+ Consumers
                  Alex Cruz, CNE, National Vice President for the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance

This presentation is thought-provoking and interactive, helping you to develop a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and enhancing your knowledge on how to work with potential home sellers/buyers.  The program will open your eyes to the discrimination issues LGBTQ+ buyers face, and help you learn how to address LGBTQ+ clients using inclusive language.  You’ll find out about LGBTQ+ demographics and their buying power and enhance your marketing skills to show you’re an ally of the community. (1 hr credit)

Session 4 - How to Avoid an International Incident
                  Cheryl Knowlton, CSP, CDEI, DREI

Serving diverse clientele is not only challenging but filled with exposure to professional liability.  In this fun and engaging course, licensees learn to clearly identify protected classes, enhance their personal cultural awareness, and apply communication techniques that enhances relationships between themselves and their customers/clients. (1 hr credit)

3:30 pm - Wrap up/Final Remarks

4:00 pm - Adjourn

Hyatt Regency Columbus

(614) 463-1234
350 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Hotel rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency Columbus at a discount rate of $188 plus tax. Contact the hotel at 614.463.1234 and ask for the Ohio REALTORS room rate or CLICK HERE to make reservations online. Hotel reservation deadline is Sept. 20.


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