Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) includes affiliates, too. Affiliate associations face the same challenges as other organizations in cultivating DE&I environments for themselves and their members. Dismantling barriers, addressing implicit biases and promoting a culture of respect takes a concerted effort when bringing members together under an umbrella of sustainable policies and practices. Join our panel of affiliate leaders as they provide first-hand accounts of their experiences and hurdles, how to reach your goals through creative strategies and how to maintain, fund and assess the progress of your DE&I program at an affiliate level.
Date and Time: Thursday, October 19 at 2 p.m. ET
About the Hosts
Chiccorra Connor, President and Founder of Occupancy Heroes Inc., has 2 decades of experience in property management, real estate and leasing. Voted “One of the Most Influential Woman of 2020,” she serves on NAAEI committees and has a maintenance apprenticeship program. As an NAA Thought Leader, Chiccorra’s DE&I advocacy and knowledge aids in the development of webinars and white papers. She was also invited to The White House to advocate for minority entrepreneurship.
Ricardo Alicea, CPM
Ricardo Alicea, CPM, Managing Director of Asset & Property Management for Wendover Housing Partners has 2 decades of experience in rental housing. He held senior positions in operations and property management with Collier Companies, Eagle Property Capital, Bainbridge Companies, UDR and others. Ricardo earned his DE&I in the Workplace Certificate from the University of Southern Florida. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration, Management Information System from the University of Central Florida College of Business.
Faith Barker, Marketing Director for Pioneer Acquisitions, where she has 10 years of experience working up the corporate ladder. Her resume also includes marketing director for Penthouse Hyde Park, Brixbid and HEART Technologies. Faith serves on NAA’s Marketing & Communications Networking Group and graduated from NAA’s Diversity Leadership Program. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design & Advertising (Double Major) and Fine Arts (Minor) from Bradley University.
Joelis Barandica, Regional Education Director for ConAm Management Corporation and Founder of Latinas in Property Management, has 10 years of experience in rental housing. Joelis worked in property management for Atlas Residential and Century Management. She holds her CAM certificate from the AAGO Foundation where she won Property Manager of the Year and serves on NAAEI’s faculty. She earned a B.S. in Real Estate Development from New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Sarah Fluke, Deputy Director of the Arizona Multihousing Association, has 20 years of experience from the property and vendor sides of rental housing. She started out as a Leasing Consultant at Sentinel Real Corporation and her resume includes the Law Offices of Scott Clark, the State Bar of Arizona and Alliance Residential Company. Sarah graduated from the Arizona State University’s Lodestar's American Express Leadership Academy for Nonprofit Leaders and holds an A.A. in Paralegal Studies.