Improving diversity and inclusion initiatives has become a key priority across the real estate industry and especially at our brokerage network. Ensuring there is a good mix of different cultures, backgrounds and experiences fosters innovation and growth.

Recently, Teresa Palacios Smith, vice president of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Services at HSF Affiliates, shared three tips to boost diversity and inclusion in the workplace in an article prepared by Quicken Loans and RISMedia. From attracting and retaining diverse talent to encouraging community involvement, the article provides sage advice for leaders looking to strengthen diversity and inclusion in their businesses.

To integrate diversity into recruitment practices, Palacios Smith recommends management teams “host town halls and open forums at your office(s) so that you can invite new and established agents to learn more about your company and the opportunities and tools you offer that can set you apart from your competition.”

She also suggests real estate professionals look to local and national minority organizations to build relationships across diverse communities.

Palacios Smith encourages network members to participate in the following organizations:

– Asian American Real Estate Association (AREAA)

– National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)

– National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB)

– National Association of Gay and Lesbian Professionals (NAGLREP)

– National Association of Women in the Real Estate Business (NAWRB)

– National Association of Realtors (NAR)

Palacios Smith will present more of her insights at NAREB’s Annual Conference held in Atlanta, GA July 24-29 and the NAWRB’s Annual Conference in Chicago, IL July 29-31. Read more diversity and inclusion tips from Palacios Smith here.