NDILC Member Teresa Palacios Smith Appointed Chief D&I Officer at HomeServices

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As the CEO & President of Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE) Real Estate Brokerage, Advisor & Investor for AmicusBrain—AI for Aging Population, CSO for ZuluTime, Publisher, Connector and a National Speaker, Desirée Patno’s network and wealth of knowledge crosses a vast economic footprint. With three decades specializing in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem and owning her own successful brokerage, she leads her executive team’s expertise of Social Impact, Gender Equality and Access to Capital, and provides personalized consulting services to the Real Estate and Family Office community.

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is proud to announce that NAWRB Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) Member Teresa Palacios Smith has been named Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at HomeServices. Teresa previously served as Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for the  franchise’s networks since 2017. Her new role will include elevating, expanding and aligning the national scope and impact of HomeServices’s collective diversity and inclusion initiatives across its company and subsidiaries.  

“HomeServices has been, and always will be, dedicated to respecting and reflecting the rich diversity of the numerous markets and communities we serve as we look to provide and expand the opportunity of home ownership to all communities fairly and without bias, whether intentional or unconscious,” stated Gino Blefari, Chief Executive Officer of HomeServices, in an official announcement. “We are fortunate to have Teresa’s energy and passion leading the way.” 

Prior to joining HSF Affiliates, Teresa was a successful real estate agent and served on the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties management team. Teresa currently serves on the board of many of the nation’s top housing organizations whose focus is on supporting and expanding opportunities in real estate for women and people of color. Teresa is a past president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), one of the largest minority associations in the country and also co-founded the NAHREP-Atlanta Chapter. 

In 2019, Teresa received the National Association of Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) Diversity Leader Award and in May of 2018, she was honored by RISMedia with the Newsmaker award and was inducted in the inaugural Hall of Fame class with executive chairman Ron Peltier. Teresa is a national speaker and trainer focusing on emerging markets, unconscious bias and real estate trends in the diverse market segments.  

Congratulations, Teresa, from NAWRB and NDILC! We are honored to have you on the Council, and appreciate your contributions to D&I in the industry, as well as the expertise you bring to the NDILC. You are a passionate champion for D&I, and we look forward to seeing your growth in your new position on the HomeServices executive team! 


The NDILC is dedicated to raising the number of women leaders and growing women’s employment and empowerment at all levels in the housing ecosystem. The Council, composed of senior executive women, works diligently toward gender equality and obtaining equal opportunity for women across America. To learn more about the NDILC, please visit www.NAWRB.com/NDILC/.

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