Seven Regional Realtor Associations to Hold Second Annual DEI Summit on June 5, 6

Seven Regional Realtor Associations to Hold Second Annual DEI Summit on June 5, 6
The 2021 NYSAR President Charlie Oppler (standing) served on of the panel discussions at last year’s DEI Summit in Mahwah, NJ

TARRYTOWN—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors along with six other regional Realtor Associations, will be holding the 2nd Annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Summit on June 5 and 6 at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel & Conference Center in Tarrytown. OneKey MLS is the Premier Sponsor for the event.

From left, 2022 NYSAR President Jennifer Vucetic and Eli Rodriguez, HGAR

HGAR is teaming up with the National Association of Realtors, the New York State Association of Realtors, the New Jersey Realtors, the North Central Jersey Association of Realtors, the Greater Bergen Association of Realtors and the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors to create the two-day conference, which is open to all real estate and business professionals, along with members of the community.

The goal of the summit is to build curiosity while exploring the understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our personal and professional careers. It’s also designed to help attendees develop the skills needed to be successful in creating actionable steps for impactful change.

“We have really created a dynamic program this year, with topics that will interest everyone,” said Freddimir Garcia, HGAR’s DEI Officer. “Last year’s inaugural event was extremely successful, and we are continuing to build on that success. We’re looking forward to involving even more people this year.”

The event begins on Monday, June 5, with an afternoon CE course: “Unmanaged Bias Limits Leadership,” followed by a Networking Reception. The following day, Tuesday, June 6, will feature three keynote speakers, six breakout sessions, breakfast, lunch and networking breaks.

Deanna Singh, Chief Change Agent and Best-Selling Author will deliver the morning keynote address. Singh is a business consultant, speaker, and podcaster. Her podcast, “Uplifting Impact,” focuses on solutions for people who want to break the status quo.

Best-Selling Author Kelly McDonald is one of the nation’s top experts in leadership, marketing the customer experience and consumer trends. Her newest book is “It’s Time to Talk about Race at Work: Every Leader’s Guide to Making Progress on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.” McDonald will deliver the afternoon keynote address.

2022 HGAR President Crystal Hawkins-Syska presented at one of last year’s breakout sessions.

Ryan Gorman, Co-Founder of btcRE, LLC, will give the closing address. Gorman’s firm is a boutique real estate redevelopment and consulting company. Previously, Gorman led Coldwell Banker globally following a career in mergers and acquisitions in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street and is passionate about making quality housing more affordable for all.

There will be various breakout sessions throughout the day that build on the motto to discover, learn and act. The sessions titles include: “Community in People, Dealing with Difficult Conversations,” “Building the Confidence to do IT, Best Practices for DEI Committees,” “Realtor Safety & Race,” “Building Generational Wealth” and “Tackling Microaggressions.”

Tickets can be purchased online which includes all sessions, along with breakfast, lunch, and snacks. For more information, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit

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