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The Premier LGBTQ+ Real Estate &
Housing Industry Conference

Have something to add to the show? 

Limited breakout session speaking/presenting opportunities are available for the convention.  All applications submitted by April 12, 2021, will be considered and evaluated.  Selected speakers will be notified the week of April 19 to confirm. Speakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.  Click here to submit an application!

Vendor?  Exhibitor?  Or, just have some cool stuff to share?

These are selling fast – Please contact immediately.  

Limited exhibitor vendor registrations are still available for the Expo.  Additionally, limited 2021 Convention sponsorship is still available, but cannot be held nor guaranteed due to the pace at which they’re being spoken for.  Please contact [email protected] to have a conversation about opportunities available.

The Agenda


Board of Directors Q3 Meeting

12:30p – 1:30pm

Chapter Presidents Lunch Meeting (Closed)


Hotel Check in available

1:30p – 2:30p

Mortgage Advisory Council Meeting (Closed)

1:30p – 2:30p

Policy & Advocacy Council Meeting  (Closed)


Alliance Certified Ally Training (Public Admission)


Conference Registration opens 

4:30 – 6:00p

Expo Opens

4:30 – 5:30p

Strategic Networking Seminar – University of Phoenix (Open)


Welcome Reception by National Association of Realtors – Rose Rooftop

  • Join the National Association of Realtors® leadership team as they toast to the official kick-off of the 2021 LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Conference & Convention, “Experience: The Alliance.”  A special welcome to the State of Nevada will be given by Nevada Realtors CEO, Teresa McKee.  This rooftop networking session will feature a stunning view of the Strip, provide light house music, and guests will be able to enjoy cocktails, mocktails, and light cocktail party hors d’oeuvres.


Expo Opens 


Breakfast – Continental


Registration & 2022 Officer Voting Opens (E-Vote)


Opening Welcome (Emcee Carson Kressley & Alliance CEO, Ryan Weyandt


President’s Address (Alliance National President, John Thorpe)

    • “It Takes A Village to Build a Village”


LGBTQ Leadership – Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Volkers Americas

    • Description To Be Announced


How To Make a Meaningful Impression in Today’s Media Environment – Matt Gentile, Managing Director at MyBFF Social

    • Description To Be Announced


WERK The Room – Brad Speck

    • Develop the  confidence and skills  you need to be successful at networking by applying the principles of Improvisational Comedy.


All Things Mortgage into 2022 – Tim Wilson, CEO of Prosperity Home Mortgage 

  • Description To Be Announced


Women in Business – Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty

    • Description To Be Announced


Rainmaker Roundtable – How Our Top Agents Made The List

    • This is YOUR opportunity to ask some of our top performing agents how they got their.  This session will be open to all attendees, but moderated for time. 


Real Estate and the Value of Diverse Segments – James Huang, President of eXp Commercial

    • Description To Be Announced




Luncheon Keynote – “The Corona-Economy and Housing Market Rebound”- Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, First American Title

  • Join us Thursday, September 23rd as Mark Fleming, Chief Economist with First American Title provides us with expert insights, research, and market trends in today’s unique housing market. This is your opportunity to hear Mark discuss:

    • How this recession was different and how the recovery is measuring up
    • The depth of the shortest recession in modern American history
    • Remaining challenges in the recovery


Ryan Gorman – Realogy

    • Description To Be Announced


Shannon McGahn – Chief Advocacy Officer, National Association of Realtors

    • Description To Be Announced


“Beyond the Binary” – Caitlin (CJ) Jones

    • Exploring the life of a non-binary person and the value of inclusivity in your business.

2:10p – 2:20p

Breakout Introduction

Breakout sessions #1 (Pre-Registration Required)

  1. Alliance Certified Ally course (intended for Allies) – 75 people maximum
    1. Alex Cruz, Alliance National Vice President & Instructor
  2. Understanding the Acronym and Identities
    1. Caitlin Jones, Alliance Tampa Chapter President & Instructor
  3. Education breakout – Instructor TBD
    1. First American Title Co.
  4. Creating A Diverse Business Plan
    1. Julia Lashay Israel – Head of Inclusion & Belonging, Keller Williams
  5. How to Break Into and Dominate Selling Higher End Homes in Your Market
    1. Michael LaFido, Luxury Listing Specialist (LUXE Designation)




Breakout Sessions #2 (Pre-Registration Required)

  1. Alliance Certified Ally course (intended for Allies) – 75 people maximum
    1. Alex Cruz, Alliance National Vice President & Instructor
  2. Understanding the Acronym and Identities
    1. Caitlin Jones, Alliance Tampa Chapter President & Instructor
  3. Making a Splash!
    1. Pam McNally, VP of Marketing, National Kitchen & Bath Association
  4. International Markets & The Opportunity Present
    1. Jason Riveiro, VP, Global Affiliate Services, Realogy




Breakout Sessions #3 (Pre-Registration Required)

  1. Alliance Certified Ally course (intended for Allies) – 75 people maximum
    1. Alex Cruz, Alliance National Vice President & Instructor
  2. Understanding the Acronym and Identities
    1. Caitlin Jones, Alliance Tampa Chapter President & Instructor
  3. Importance of Team Member Networks
    1. TBA, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Home Services of America
  4. TBA
    1. TBA


Gather Back in Blossom Ballroom for VACAYA Cruise Drawing then Dismissed


Evening Reception & Entertainment Ayu Dayclub (Celeb Guests TBA)


Expo Open


Breakfast – Buffet

The Alliance’s JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) Team Proudly Presents: “An Egguitable Breakfast”

  • Inform:
    • Octavius Smiley-Humphries welcomes.  Kimberly Davis gives and overview of expectations.  Kenya Burrell-VanWormer, Senior Vice President, Diversity at T360 and Executive Director of the Real Estate Apprentice Foundation sits down with Ann Dyste, VP of DEI Business Integration for U.S. Bank to discuss the business case for justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Impact:
    • Laurie Benner, Associate VP of Programs for the National Fair Housing Alliance discusses fair housing laws and the impact of advocacy, particularly post President Biden’s Executive Orders earlier this year
  • Inspire:
    • Hear from Mike Zinicola, Realtor and Founder of the LGBT+ Housing Initiative, will speak to opportunities and challenges facing members of the LGBTQ+ community, most notably the epidemic of homeless youth




Opening Session – Carson Kressley


“The Anatomy of Top Performers” with Gino Blefari – President & CEO, Homeservices Of America; Chairman HSF Affiliates

    • Learn the Skills and Disciplines It Takes to Successfully Lead Yourself, Your Business and Teams


Mortgage Roundtable: Let’s Talk About Mortgage Discrimination

    • Kimber White – Moderator; President, National Association of Mortgage Brokers
    • Kay Marshall – Panelist; SVP, Capital Markets Client Strategy Manager, Truist
    • Sodi Nichols – Panelist; VP, National Strategic Markets & Affordable Lending, U.S. Bank
    • Maxwell Koizal – Panelist; Executive Director, Sr. Lending Manager, J.P. Morgan Chase


Dave Walsh – President, California Association of Realtors

    • Description To Be Announced


“Your Perception is Your Reality: Are You Experiencing the Life You Want” – Matthew Ferrera

    • Description To Be Announced


Sherry Chris – CEO, Realogy Expansion Brands

    • Sherry Chris was recently named to the RIS Newsmakers Hall of Fame and she has seen the real estate industry from so many different angles over her illustrious real estate career. Sherry, who is the executive sponsor of Realogy’s Real Pride employee resource group, will share how real estate has evolved and remained the same over the last several decades. She will also showcase how we can all prepare for the next chapter in consumer demand, behavior and engagement.


“A Decade In The Real Estate Closet To Vogue”: A Heart-to-Heart with Feroza Syed

    • Meet Feroza Syed, one of the most inspiring and fascinating people in the real estate industry. She began her real estate career by over a decade of work in the closet as a transgender woman who has now blossomed into a top agent with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Along the way, Feroza has become a fierce advocate for the LBGTQ+, TGNC, and AAPI communities and worked diligently with numerous organizations to help elect President Biden and two Democratic Senators in Georgia. The Grand Marshall of the 2019 Atlanta Pride Festival has done so well she worked her way into the pages of Vogue, being featured for working with THC (Trans Housing Coalition.)


Awards – Drew Griffin Beacon of Light Award and Tribute / Ally of the Year / Top Agent




Keynote Luncheon – Speaker TBA

    • Description To Be Announced


“To Each Their Home: Confronting LGBTQ+ Housing Bias and Discrimination” – Mickey Neuberger, Chief Marketing Officer,

    • Members of the LGBTQ+ community are less likely to own a home than the general population, and many face housing discrimination on a variety of fronts. Chief Marketing Officer Mickey Neuberger will share insights from a recent Real Estate Alliance survey, including recommendations for how conference participants can best support members of this community and opportunities to collaborate moving forward to confront bias and dissemination in housing and homeownership head-on.  




Break – meet & greet in Expo area / vote closed


“I am Woman; and I’m not Sorry” – Kristi Hemmer

    • Description To Be Announced


The Value of Owning a Real Estate Franchise (panel) 

    • Mike Reagan – Moderator – SVP, Industry Relations & Global Growth & Development, RE/MAX
    • Mark Brenneman – Panelist – Divisional Leader, Keller Williams
    • Troy Reierson – Panelist – VP of Business Development, HSF Affiliates, A Division of HomeServices of America
    • TBA – Realogy
    • TBA – RE/MAX


Caliber Home Loans & Modern Military Association of America reveal breaking 2021 VA & Military Homeownership Survey


Empowering Differences – Ashley T. Brundage


Our Gay History in 50 States – Zaylore Stout 


Cultural Keynote – Speaker TBA



    • 2022 Preview with 2021 President-Elect, Dave Gervase
    • 2022 Conference Site & Theme Announcement – Alliance CEO, Ryan Weyandt




President’s Ball –Dress-To-Impress/Masked Ball – Zouk Nightclub

    • Election results announced at opening

The Alliance realizes that our Members each have their own story.  We meet our members where they are, how they are and for who they are.  It is with that spirit in mind that non-alcoholic beverage options will be available at any/all evening events.  Further, the Alliance is working with the Southern Nevada LGBTQ Center to provide confidential, safe spaces on-site for both AA and NA meetings to occur during the course of the stay in Vegas.  Finally, all restrooms throughout the conference space will be gender-neutral and labeled as such.  Gender-specific restrooms will be available on the Casino level and in the Hotel towers for those who prefer.  Additional details on any of the above mentioned items will be available upon request closer to the event, or by reaching out to [email protected] 

Keynotes, Industry Speakers, additional breakout sessions, and more details will be announced throughout the next week.

Additional announcements to be made over the next several weeks. 

We Are Proud To Introduce:
Resorts World Las Vegas, Opening June 24, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you register for the conference you will receive a link for booking your hotel room at Resorts World Las Vegas.

YES – you must cancel 72 hours prior to your arrival to receive a refund. After 72 hours the reservation is non-refundable.

YES – you can request the rate between September 20 – 26, 2021. Room requests outside of September 22-25, 2021 are subject to availability for the group rate.

Wednesday – Opening Reception – Business Casual

Thursday – Evening Reception and Entertainment – Resort Casual

Friday – President’s Masked Ball – Formal Attire

No – you are responsible for your own transportation.

We would like to have everyone registered by September 15, 2021.

YES – you can register on the website to be an exhibitor.

YES – we have a number of sponsorship opportunities. Please register for the conference and indicate you are interested in sponsoring. If you are unable to attend the conference but would still like to sponsor, please contact [email protected]

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