Teresa Palacios Smith, VP Diversity & Inclusion, HSF Affiliates LLC, Joins NDILC – Gino Blefari Video


Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With almost three decades specializing in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem, she leads her executive team’s expertise of championing women’s economic growth and independence.

Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) announces the addition of Teresa Palacios Smith, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, HSF Affiliates LLC, to its Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC). The Council, founded in 2015, helps raise the number of C-suite women, increase women’s employment at all levels and advance women’s economic growth across the housing and real estate ecosystem.

As Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Teresa manages her organization’s commitment to increasing diversity within its company, extending to their broker network and affiliated sales professionals. Teresa brings 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, and frequently speaks at national and local events. She previously served as Vice President of Business Development and Cultural Initiatives at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties and President of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), one of the largest minority associations in the country.

“To quote Malada Yousafzai, ‘I raise up my voice- not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.’ I am so honored to be part of NAWRB’s Diversity Council,” stated Teresa. “I am most looking forward to being a part of this extraordinary organization and connecting with the talented group of women who are leaders and who speak so that those who have no voice can be heard and can succeed. My goal is to raise my voice to advance women and help in the growth of the organization.”

“Teresa is a welcome addition to the Council, and we look forward to having her stand beside us at the front lines of gender equality,” stated Desiree Patno, CEO & President of NAWRB. “With her professional and personal experience with diversity, Teresa is intimately aware of the importance of inclusion and the necessary steps for increasing opportunities for women in the housing and real estate ecosystem.”

Teresa will be among our amazing lineup of speakers at the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women,” on July 29th-31st in Chicago, IL at The Standard Club. Watch the video by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and Real Living Real Estate about why you should attend this high-profile event.

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago,” stated Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway. NAWRB is planting the seeds that will provide shade for future generations of women.

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