The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Housing Symposium is a two-day event which explores issues impacting the community’s journey through homeownership.
Including keynote addresses by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and by Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-MN), policy addresses from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, the National Association of Realtors, and The National Fair Housing Alliance. In addition, the Symposium will feature hot-topic panels with numerous speakers from a variety of leading housing and LGBTQ+ civic organizations, government entities, and real estate industry leaders. Discussions will include the future of the Equality Act, the impact of HUD’s recent stance on discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, Fair Housing and Policy updates at NAR, discrimination and the mortgage industry, commentary on the Biden administration’s efforts to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people and so much more.
The Alliance will also debut its first Housing Review which examines how discrimination from youth to “golden” years impacts LGBTQ+ homeownership levels.
Wednesday, April 28: 12:00PM - 4:00PM CST
TBA – Sr. Advisor on LGBTQ Policy, Biden Administration
Join HRC as we discuss the progress of the Equality Act
Join 2021 Alliance President John Thorpe as he sits down with leaders of the industries premier diverse segment organizations to discuss the real issues facing each group today, as well as how our organizations can collaborate as champions for fair housing. (NAREB was invited and declined to participate.)
The Alliance – John Thorpe – President, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance (Moderator)
NAHREP – Noerena Limon – SVP of Public Policy & Industry Relations
AREAA – Tim Hur – Incoming 2022 National President
VAREP – Son Nguyen – Founder & President
United States Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.
Bryan Greene – VP of Policy Advocacy, National Association of Realtors
Chris Suranna – Alliance Advocacy & Policy Council Co-Chair + Realtor® (M)
Mark Mansour – ‘21 Chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Committee; ’20 Vice Chair of Professional Standards Committee + Realtor®
Leigh York – ’19 Chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Committee; ’20 Chair of PS Interpretations & Procedures Board + Realtor®
Matt Difanis – ’20 Chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Committee; ’21 Chair of PS Interpretations & Procedures Board + Realtor®
Join Alliance VP of Communications + PR as we close out the day with chatting with PFLAG’s North Atlantic Regional Director, William Placek. David and William will dive into current issues and look at items currently on the radar at PFLAG. This is a BYOB session!
Thursday, April 29: 10:00AM - 2:00PM CST
Ryan Weyandt – CEO, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance
Chris Suranna – Alliance Advocacy & Policy Council Co-Chair
Tim Garvey – Alliance Advocacy & Policy Council Co-Chair
Kimber White – President, National Assn of Mortgage Brokers (M)
Krystal Thomas – Industry Relations & Member Engagement, Mortgage Bankers Association (M)
Kathy Cummings – SVP; Homeownership Solutions & Affordable Housing Programs, Bank of America
Kay Marshall – SVP; Capital Markets Client Strategy Manager, Truist
Sodi Nichols – VP; Sales and Business Development Manager, U.S. Bank
Maxwell Koziol – Executive Director, Sr. Lending Manager, Chase
Sasha Samberg-Champion – Deputy General Counsel for Enforcement, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
Getting To Know Angie!
Stephanie Rall; VP of Industry Relations – Realtor.com (M)
Sherry Chris; CEO – Realogy Expansion Brands
Jason Abrams; Head of Industry – Keller Williams
Chris Stuart; CEO – HSF Affiliates, LLC
The red hot housing market has achieved a number of milestones with record low inventory, high demand and now more real estate agents than homes for sale. The industry wants to attract young talent, but how do new agents survive and successfully launch in a market like this?
2020 saw a new rainbow wave of LGBTQ+ victories. There were nearly 600 out candidates on the ballot. State and local wins are a leap forward for LGBTQ acceptance and a sign of growing demand for acceptance and equality.
Mary Mancera – VP of Business & Relationship Management, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance (M)
Senator Kim Jackson, (D-GA) – Georgia General Assembly
Senator Greg Razer, (D-MO) – Missouri General Assembly