Diversity and Inclusion Symposium Features DEI Experts

As part of this year’s Five Star Conference & Expo, the American Mortgage Diversity Council helped organize the latest iteration of the group’s recurring Diversity & Inclusion Symposium. AMDC Advisory Chair Tai Christensen, Director of Diversity and Public Relations for Arrive Home, delivered a keynote address and hosted a gathering of diversity, equity and inclusion experts for a day of discussion and discussion. ‘education.

Tai Christensen, Diversity and Public Relations Manager for Arrive Home

“It was my pleasure and honor to host the fireside chat with Paul Gigliotti, co-founder and CEO of Axis Lending Academy,” said Christensen. “I am honored to have had such a candid and meaningful conversation with Paul about his experience as a gay man within our housing industry. is hugely impactful when we share our experiences with our colleagues in the industry.”

After welcoming attendees, Christensen then moderated the first panel of the day: “An External Focus on DEI – Leveraging DEI to Drive Better Business Outcomes.” The panel included insights from Atila Almeida, Realtor/Former President of NAHREP, Coldwell Banker Realty; James Armstrong, III, President and CEO, Builders of Hope; Ryan Davis, Director, Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, National Association of Realtors; Frank Fuentes, National Vice President, Multicultural Community Lending, New American Funding; Michael Ruiz, Director, Supplier Diversity, Fannie Mae; and Diana Sifuentes, Co-Owner Regional Co-Chair, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices A Action, NAHREP.

“I am deeply committed to the work of creating a more diverse and inclusive mortgage industry, with honest dialogue and D&I certification courses that provide understanding and education,” Christensen added.

Fuentes then moderated a fireside chat before the next panel, titled “An Internal Focus on DEI – How a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace Leads to Growth and Success.” Lola Oyewole, Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Ocwen Financial Corporation moderated, alongside a panel that included Sharifa Anderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and inclusion for Fannie Mae; Paul Gigliotti, CEO of AXIS Lending Academy; and Wayne Williams, director, Positive Employment Division for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“As our country’s racial demographics rapidly evolve into a majority-minority country, it is imperative that we incorporate diverse people into our housing industry who reflect the communities we wish to serve,” Christensen concluded. “We need to create new products and programs that can help a new generation of owners and their unique family needs. Being culturally aware and inclusive is more important than ever.”

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