Episode 2: Creating Space for DEI in Your Business

There’s been a renewed focus on greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the real estate industry, but how can individual agents and brokers be change-makers?
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Minneapolis broker Paul Ekstrom and Greenwood, Colo., broker Natalie Davis talk about the steps they’ve taken to build a safe space for honest conversations in their companies. Plus, what grade does the industry deserve for its DEI efforts?

As a Colorado REALTOR®, national speaker, and business success coach, Natalie Davis is committed to inspiring real estate professionals, companies, and organizations to excel to be intentional industry thought leaders. With a passion to lead and serve, Natalie has led as the 2016 chair for the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®, served as the interim CEO for the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®, and served as a Board of Director for the Colorado Association of REALTORS® and on various committees for the National Association of REALTORS®. Natalie is also the immediate past chair of the Colorado Association of REALTORS® Inclusion & Diversity Committee. In 2022, she is serving as the federal political coordinator for Jason Crow (CO6), the member services liaison for the National Association of REALTORS®, NAR director, and as the chair-elect for the Colorado Association of REALTORS®.

Paul Ekstrom is the broker and owner of Realty ONE Group Choice, a franchise of Realty ONE Group. Realty ONE Group Choice started with one office and six agents just 3 ½ years ago to two offices and 100+ agents today. Paul is on the board of directors for the regional MLS and the MPLS Area REALTORS® Association. Giving back to the community, leading by example, and commitment to his agents and staff growth is what drives Paul. Paul’s wife of 31 years, Janelle, and daughters Amy and Jodi, are team members of the ROGC family.