Chicago REALTORS® 360° Summit

CHICAGO REALTORS® 360° SUMMIT

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Event Sponsors:









Chicago Agent Magazine

Schedule of Events:

11:00 AM

PRE-CONFERENCE BONUS SESSION

Organic Inclusion: Creating a Pipeline for Diverse Leadership, Partnerships & Engagement

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR), is a mega board local REALTOR® association in the country, with one of the most diverse Board of Directors, leadership and staff teams in the nation.

During this pre-conference session, learn about the strategies CAR has implemented to organically increase its pipeline of diverse leadership, including:

  • Beneficial industry/strategic partnerships
  • Conscious diversity & inclusion initiatives, including the Diversity Committee (“The 77”)
  • Equitable goals and impact
  • Volunteer & member engagement
  • Community outreach
  • Education & staff training

While this interactive session is specifically created with association staff members in mind, all are welcome. Bring your questions!

VIEW CAR’S APOLOGY

To RSVP for the pre-conference session, please indicate your attendance when prompted during registration.

CEO, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

A passionate voice for fair housing and antiracism in the real estate industry, Michelle Mills Clement, FASAE, CAE, RCE, is the CEO at the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Under her leadership, in 2018, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® issued an apology for past actions in promoting inequality and segregation in Chicago. She co-hosts the Texts to Table podcast focused on diversity, equity and inclusion with three of her Black association executive peers. She is a 2019 Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” honoree, the 2020 Chicago Agent Magazine “Association CEO of the Year” and is one of Bisnow Chicago’s Commercial Real Estate “Rising Stars” and “Power Women.” She was recently honored with ASAE’s Key Award, the highest individual honor for association chief staff executives, and Roosevelt University’s Industry Changemaker Award for her efforts to make positive changes in the real estate industry.

Vice President of External Affairs and Government Affairs, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Bio coming soon!

External Affairs Manager, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Bio coming soon!


12:30 PM: Check-In


1:00 PM: Opening Remarks

Event EMCEES

REALTOR®, eXp Realty LLC

Bio coming soon!

Principal and Managing Broker, Ware Realty Group

Although Sarah Ware had always been involved in some facet of real estate during the 15 years she spent working in corporate America, she sought to deepen her involvement in a way that would help more people. Now that she’s spent 20 years in real estate full time, she hasn’t regretted a minute of it.

As Principal and Managing broker of Ware Realty Group LLC, Ware works in residential markets on Chicago’s South Side and within the south suburbs. She also does commercial transactions all over the Chicagoland area. On the residential side, Ware tends to work with sellers hoping to move up after a change in income or family status. She also assists property investors who have a focus on serving communities where there is a push to drive and stabilize prices.


Conference Sessions Begin:

1:15 PM

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: KELLY MCDONALD

Moving Your Business Forward with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Now

It’s time to consciously move your business forward through diversity, equity and inclusion.  During this session, you’ll obtain actionable, impactful, no-cost strategies necessary to enhance your business, right now and in the future. This session will also discuss what bias is…and isn’t, the importance of smart decision-making, sixteen (16) “Do’s & Don’ts” and the tools need to have difficult conversations.

Best Selling Author, Professional Speaker | Founder, McDonald Marketing

Kelly McDonald is considered one of the nation’s top experts in diversity & inclusion, leadership, marketing, the customer experience and consumer trends. Her client experience includes brands such as Toyota, State Farm, NASA, Kimberly-Clark, Nike, Harley-Davidson, Great Clips, Miller Beer, and Sherwin-Williams. Kelly was named one of the “10 Most Booked Speakers in the U.S.” and ranked #1 on the list of “25 Hot Speakers” by Successful Meetings Magazine. She has been featured on CNBC, in Forbes, INC. Magazine, BusinessWeek, CEO World, Fast Company, and more. She is the author of four bestselling books and her newest, “It’s Time to Talk about Race at Work: Every Leader’s Guide to Making Progress on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” is one of the top Bestselling Business Books in the U.S.


2:00 PM

Spotlighting Chicago: A 360° Look At One Of The Most Segregated Cities In America

Chicago remains one of the most segregated cities in the country. Given the importance of civil rights and its direct correlation to fair housing and racial housing equity, this session will address inequities and how they have shaped the geographical makeup of Chicago. You’ll also hear how REALTORS® can actively tackle the issue of housing equity in Chicago to develop measurable progress, action and solutions.

Professor, Author, Rutgers University – Newark

Beryl Satter is Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark. Her book Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America (2009) won the Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Award for best book in civil rights history and the Jewish Book Council’s National Jewish Book Award in History. It was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and for the Ron Ridenhouer Book Prize, awarded to “those that persevere in acts of truth-telling.” She is a cofounder, with Darnell Moore and Christina Strasburger, of the Queer Newark Oral History Project (http://queer.newark.rutgers.edu). To support her current book project, a history of racism and reinvestment in Black urban communities, she won a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2015 and was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in 2016. The Tenth Anniversary edition of Family Properties was released in 2020.

President of Real Estate Solutions & Fair Housing Advocate, Redkey Realty Leaders

Nate Johnson is the President of Real Estate Solutions Group @ Red Key Realty Leaders, a full service
residential real estate group with a commitment to helping clients achieve their real estate goals.
In addition to helping buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals for over 20 years, Nate has been
speaking to groups around the country, large and small, for over a decade. He is passionate about educating his clients so they are prepared to make good real estate decisions and helping REALTORS become the best version of themselves through teaching and training.

Nate is a certified instructor for the National Association of REALTORS and teaches At Home With Diversity and Smart Growth for the 21st Century classes. Nate has developed courses and speaks and consults with associations on a variety of fair housing issues as well as leadership and professional development. He is also a certified REBAC Instructor and teaches the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation course and the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation course.

REALTOR®, Coldwell Banker Realty

Bio coming soon!


2:50 PM

Putting Action In Your Bottom Line: Achieve Real Action & Results Through DEI

Hear real success stories directly from managing brokers and broker-owners who increased their value proposition and their bottom line through a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The panelists will share strategies on why diverse culture & celebration is a best practice that should be adopted by all brokers for the benefits of their business and clients.

CEO, Baird & Warner

Steve Baird is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Baird & Warner and the firm’s fifth-generation owner. Established in 1855, Baird & Warner is the oldest independent family-owned real estate services company in the United States. It operates residential brokerage, mortgage, and title companies with a combined sales volume of more than $13 billion in 2021.

Baird has long worked for the preservation of open space as past president of CorLands, the Openlands Project, and currently as a National and Chicago Board Member for The Trust for Public Land. He holds memberships in the YPO Gold Organization, the Chief Executives Organization, and the Commercial Club of Chicago. Baird is a Life Trustee of the Morton Arboretum and serves on the Foundation Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Baird is actively involved with public radio serving on the Board of WBEZ in Chicago for the past 15 years. He has held several roles at WBEZ including Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the recent Capital Campaign. He has also recently joined the Board of Aspen Public Radio.

President, Coldwell Banker Realty

As president of Coldwell Banker Realty in the central west region, Ayoub Rabah oversees the daily sales operation and development of more than 3,500 affiliated sales professionals in 50 offices across Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin and Southwest Michigan. Rabah was selected to serve in this capacity in 2018, and was listed in the Swanepoel Power 200 as one of the most powerful leaders in residential real estate in 2019.

Rabah has spent more than a decade in real estate. Prior to coming to Coldwell Banker Realty, he served as the senior vice president of marketing for Home Partners of America, where he was responsible for structuring and executing the organization’s marketing and new business development strategy for its investment portfolio, deploying over $3 billion in 40 markets. Joining the company in 2013, he played a critical role in the growth of the business, greatly increasing public awareness of the company.

In 2004, he founded Great Street Properties, a real estate firm focused on REO and distressed properties, as well as corporate-owned assets. He grew the firm into the seventh largest brokerage in Chicago based on sales volume.

As an agent, Rabah sold more than $360 million in properties and was recognized as a top-producing real estate agent by the Chicago Association of Realtors for more than 10 years. In terms of transaction volume, he was ranked No. 6 in 2011 and No. 4 in 2012 in Real Trends’ The Thousand list. He holds a real estate license in 21 states.

CEO, Dreamtown Realty

Yuval envisioned Dream Town as a place where everyone works hand-in-hand and helps each other to fulfill individual goals and dreams. His distinctive approach to real estate is something that sets Dream Town apart and has placed the company in a league all their own. Together, Dream Team is a powerful circle — hard for any single Realtor to compete with — a collaboration of highly-trained consultants, the toughest negotiators, and the widest reaching network of professionals, and friends.

Over the years, Yuval has expanded the company’s focus to include pioneering programs like Dream Town Growth Groups, Master Classes, and First Year Clubs, companywide Green Leadership Certification and self-improvement seminars. As a life-long learner himself, Yuval has always supported agents furthering their education and expertise in the ever-evolving Chicago real estate market. He even set up an in-office spa and brought in a personal masseuse, meditation, and yoga instructors to help agents stay fully focused and stress-free — and prepared in every way to provide clients with unsurpassed customer service and top professional guidance.

President/CEO, Century 21 Realty Associates

Sharon’s clients state that she” firmly believes and practices hard work and honesty.” Sharon is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago in Business Administration, and holds a certification in Executive Real Estate Business, and is an Illinois licensed Real Estate Managing Broker, Property Manager , Mortgage Originator, Insurance Agent, and IRS Enrolled Agent. Moreover, she has earned certified luxury home marketing specialists, certified new home specialists, and International Management Academy (IMA) certificate. Since 2003, she brings valuable experience in real estate, investment, and development to serve her clients locally and internationally. Her extensive professional background, tax and financial knowledge always exceed her client’ expectations.

Sharon Wong is a Chicago real estate development, high-end real estate investment consultant and real estate broker. In 2018, she joined 21st Century Real Estate Company, a world-renowned brand, and established 21st Century Alliance Real Estate with a group of senior real estate brokerage elites, becoming the company’s CEO and managing broker. Sharon has many years of professional experience in real estate, finance, taxation, etc., combined with exclusive world-class marketing strategies in the 21st century, real estate agent training, educational resources, Internet technology and efficient tools, to provide customers with a full range of real estate services, help you analyze and provide The most cutting-edge property information, investment strategies, and help you find the most ideal property.

She holds dual degrees in Business Administration Systems, Accounting Information Systems, and Marketing from Loyola University Chicago, holds the Advanced Executive Certification in Real Estate, and is licensed in Illinois including Real Estate Broker Manager, Certified Property Management Manager, Mortgage Consultant, Insurance Agent and Federal Certified tax accountant qualification. In addition, she has high-end real estate sales qualification certification, new construction real estate sales professional qualification certification, international management school certificate, proficient in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Since 2003, she and her team have served clients in the greater Chicago area and internationally, with sales exceeding $110 million, and the firm was named the No. 1 Chicago regional total in November 2020 and the top individual sales broker in 2020 people. With her extensive professional background, tax and financial knowledge, she is able to handle business with ease, exceeding client expectations.

CEO, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

A passionate voice for fair housing and antiracism in the real estate industry, Michelle Mills Clement, FASAE, CAE, RCE, is the CEO at the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Under her leadership, in 2018, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® issued an apology for past actions in promoting inequality and segregation in Chicago. She co-hosts the Texts to Table podcast focused on diversity, equity and inclusion with three of her Black association executive peers. She is a 2019 Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” honoree, the 2020 Chicago Agent Magazine “Association CEO of the Year” and is one of Bisnow Chicago’s Commercial Real Estate “Rising Stars” and “Power Women.” She was recently honored with ASAE’s Key Award, the highest individual honor for association chief staff executives, and Roosevelt University’s Industry Changemaker Award for her efforts to make positive changes in the real estate industry.


3:35 PM: Break

We challenge you to remain #AllIn during our breaks in the day by sharing your authentic thoughts and reflective moments or by engaging with someone who doesn’t look like you. ALL identities, backgrounds and viewpoints are necessary and needed to learn and create solutions together.

CAR seeks to foster a safe and welcoming environment that is receptive to diverse viewpoints and perspectives. As we learn and grow as an industry, please be mindful that some topics might be very sensitive to others. Please prepare to remain respectful throughout this event. 


3:50 PM

Re-Thinking Client Experiences: Leverage Multicultural Housing Data To Identify Opportunities & Drive Solutions

This panel will dive into the reality of the experiences of our multicultural Industry Partners, their members and clients. Tying together their important work with relevant data and statistics, we’ll learn how we can all be part of the solution as stronger, more effective allies and advocates.

2022 National Vice-President, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance

Anita Legacy Blue is a 35 year Air Force Veteran, #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon with“Breakthrough Success” a mother, wife, entrepreneur and an active member in her community.  She has her degree in Business Administration and has been in real estate for the past 8 years and brings her multiple years of genuine love for people, service and leadership into her real estate business in getting clients into their dream homes.  Her desire is to be a servant leader to families assisting them with their home buying experience while adding an extra layer of knowledge in the Financial Literacy and Credit Restoration arena.

She is the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Vice President on the National level and a member of the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Council within the Alliance. Anita is co creator and moderator on Clubhouse with Club Action and Impact Houston “Wake UP” M-F/8-915am CST, where they discuss business strategies, current events and lifestyle. She is highly motivated by seeing others achieving their goals and dreams through their commitment, courage, clarity, passion and humility. Challenges will come but she believes whoever stays the course will eventually win the race.
2022 President, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Chicago 

Ernesto Alcaraz believes in building wealth through homeownership and is a 20 year veteran in the Mortgage Lending world. He has a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in economics/management. He’s the Midwest Area Manager for Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc.

Ernesto started his relationship with NAHREP Chicago when he was a recipient of the TOP 250 Mortgage Originator award from 2016 to 2018. He joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and has held the following roles: Membership, Treasurer, Vice President, and currently President. His passion for his community drives him to advocate through his volunteer work with NAHREP and Illinois Mortgage Banker Association.

2022 President, Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Chicago

Liz Goodchild has been a Real Estate Broker for over 33 years and sold over 2,000 homes.
She leads a Team of 24 Real Estate Brokers, The Goodchild Team. The Goodchild Team is the#1 Team in Berkshire Hathaway Starck Real Estate in 2021 and has won Berkshire’s most coveted award: The Chairman Circle Award Diamond representing ½ of 1% of all Realtors in the Berkshire Hathaway franchise brand for the last 2 years.

She also hosts a Radio Show “Good to Know with Liz Goodchild” on AM1160 “Hope for your Life” which airs on Saturdays at 1pm and 5pm. Prior to being a Realtor she worked for iconic companies like Arthur Andersen, Motorola, McDonalds Corporation and was the CFO of Chicago Magazine for 8 years.

Immediate Past President, Dearborn REALTIST Board

Courtney Q Jones is partner and owner of Chicago Homes Realty Group where is the Business Development officer and is a licensed real estate broker. As the Business Development Officer for Chicago Homes Realty Group, Courtney takes pride in creating business opportunities for the company. Courtney has a true love for people which is what led him to begin a career in real estate. He has a passion to serve and create opportunities for underserved communities.

Courtney has more than 16 years of banking, mortgage, investments, and sales training. His exceptional ability to lead and influence others, along with his congenial personality has propelled him to the heights of Vice President with the Fortune 500 company, JP Morgan Chase. Courtney started his career in 1999 in New York, NY where he was a part of a pilot program designed to manage client assets. Courtney managed over $400 million in assets and consistently exceeded sales revenue goals. Courtney received recognition for his excellent performance and was promoted to a different department that needed his expertise. He was tasked with developing, coaching, and training hundreds of home equity loan officers as a Home Equity Loan Wholesaler. Courtney developed a world-class team that constantly ranked in the top 10% of the company and received National Leadership Awards for their performance.

Director of Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, National Association of REALTORS®

Ryan Davis is the Director of Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion for the National Association of Realtors® where he leads the vision, strategy, and execution of diversity, equity and inclusion for the world’s largest trade association, serving 1.6 million members across 76 countries as well as more than 1,100 local and state REALTOR® associations. In his role, Ryan also collaborates closely with NAR’s partner organizations, including the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), and the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance.

Prior to joining NAR, Ryan provided leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion in the higher education industry. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University, a master’s degree from in Higher Education from Old Dominion University and is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University-Bloomington. He has authored more than 20 publications on diversity, equity and inclusion matters. In 2020, Ryan was recognized as one of the 40 Under Forty honorees by Providence Business News.

2022 Illinois REALTORS® President, Exit Strategy Realty/EMA Management

REALTOR® Ezekiel “Zeke” Morris, of Willowbrook, is the 2022 President of Illinois REALTORS®. He is the designated managing broker of EXIT Strategy Realty/EMA Management on the South Side of Chicago.

Morris began his real estate career in 1989. He is a member and past president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and was named its local REALTOR® of the year in 2013. The Chicago association awards a Zeke Morris Scholarship supporting the education efforts of those who have shown a commitment to the stabilization and economic development of southside Chicago communities.
At the state level, Morris has been involved in a number of working groups and committees and has chaired the Finance Committee, Housing Opportunity Working Group, the Bylaws Committee, the Public Policy and Government Affairs Member Involvement Group and the State Legislative Contacts Working Group. He has served multiple terms on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors and is the state association’s first African American president.

At the national level, Morris is serving on the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Board of Directors and was its 2020 Liaison for Community Engagement.


4:35 PM: Break

We challenge you to remain #AllIn during our breaks in the day by sharing your authentic thoughts and reflective moments or by engaging with someone who doesn’t look like you. ALL identities, backgrounds and viewpoints are necessary and needed to learn and create solutions together.

CAR seeks to foster a safe and welcoming environment that is receptive to diverse viewpoints and perspectives. As we learn and grow as an industry, please be mindful that some topics might be very sensitive to others. Please prepare to remain respectful throughout this event. 


4:45 PM

Breaking Ground In Commercial Real Estate: The Power Of Allyship & Having A Seat At The Table

While efforts in diversifying residential real estate continue, diversity and inclusion efforts in commercial real estate significantly lag. Meet the diverse commercial practitioners who are breaking ground, literally and figuratively, and leading the industry forward through passion and purpose.

Executive Broker, KBM Realty, Inc.

Bonita Harrison the CEO of Sunshine Management and owner of KBM Realty, is a proud Chicagoan, born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. Her and her team have developed more than 600 units on the South Side of Chicago, creating more than 2,000 jobs, contributing $150M to Black Wealth, and $1.5M in annual tax revenue. She is committed to revitalizing distressed, outdated and underperforming properties in communities of color.

Bonita holds a Master & Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and attended University of Illinois at Chicago. She spearheaded a group of 5 black developers to “Buy Back the Block’” in the West Woodlawn community, a community that has experienced decades of disinvestment, this initiative received mass news coverage because of its impact to the community and black culture. She was the 1st Woman and the 1st Black person to be recognized by The Cook County Land Bank as the Developer of the Year in 2018, and has went on to receive countless awards and recognition for your impact in the community.

She is passionate about bridging the equity gap in BIPOC communities, she started her entire family into development, including her 25 year old daughter; her community as a whole, her tradesmen and dentist, are all currently real estate developers. Collaboration is the fundamental blueprint to her success.

Bonita was the Board Treasurer for the UIC Black Alumni Chapter for 4 years.

Founder and CEO, GardnerGlobal, Inc.

Jaebadiah S. Gardner is an African-American, Mexican-American businessman, multi-family real estate developer, fund manager, author and is the Founder & CEO of GardnerGlobal, Inc., a privately held holding company headquartered in Seattle, WA. Jaebadiah earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and later earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Western Michigan Law School. Prior to development, Jaebadiah worked for Turner Construction building commercial high-rises in downtown Seattle. Since 2009 he has built up a client base of private and non-profit clients providing feasibility, pre-development and development services. Jaebadiah was most recently selected as a 2022-2023 LISC/Amazon fellow. He currently has a pipeline of over 800+ units and over $210MM in total project costs on urban infill sites in Seattle’s most gentrified neighborhoods. In 2021 GardnerGlobal closed on $8M in real estate acquisitions and launched their first real estate fund that aims to provide access to investment opportunities for those who have been traditionally excluded. GardnerGlobal has worked tirelessly to create partnerships with one of the world’s largest companies and a seven generation family office in Seattle, WA. Jaebadiah is a keynote and panelist throughout the year and has spoken on the world stage at Paris Real Estate week where he shared the stage with several European global leaders. Jaebadiah serves as a board of trustee for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and is the President of the Multicultural Alumni Partnership Board at the University of Washington.

Chief Operating Officer, Caton Commercial

Since 1997, Amy has enjoyed a fruitful career in the commercial real estate industry, involved in ground up development of master planned communities and enclosed regional shopping centers; established retail real estate leasing and management; and third-party brokerage and property management. As Caton Commercial’s COO, Amy oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic growth of Caton. Prior to joining Caton she led the development and leasing divisions for another commercial real estate firm. Hall has extensive experience in ground up and repositioning of retail assets, commercial real estate transaction negotiations, commercial property management, staff architecture, performance management and optimization, sales and leadership training and development, business line creation, strategic planning, tactical implementation, and budgeting and forecasting.

Professional development and continuing education are Hall’s passions. Since 2005 she has helped to educate, mentor, coach and train hundreds of industry professionals for both employers and industry associations, such as CAR, CCIM, the Goldie Initiative and ICSC. She is a commercial real estate industry thought leader; actively participating in various industry conferences and educational institutes. She currently serves on the board of directors for CCIM IL Chapter, the Goldie Initiative, and the ICSC Foundation.

As an active member of the community and philanthropic supporter, she serves as an officer, and past president, of PEO IL Chapter MV (a women’s philanthropic educational organization), on the fundraising committee for the O’Brien School for the Maasai and served as a board of director for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. She actively volunteers with organizations such as PADS, Family Shelter Services, Chicago Help Initiative, The Amos Group of Community Presbyterian Church, Willowbrook Corner, Feed My Starving Children, the Chicago Food Bank and others. Amy holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Psychology and Master of Arts in Professional Development

Director, Chicago Association of REALTORS® Commercial Services

Jacob S. Knabb is the Director of Commercial & Sustainability services at the Chicago Association of REALTORS(R) where he oversees the CommercialForum leadership committee and Sustainability Work Group. His work at CAR also encompasses community development projects, including public art and murals, and volunteer opportunities for members, such as the annual “Chicago REALTORS Pitch in for the Parks Day” and “CommercialForum Rebuild Event” at Rebuilding Exchange. He loves creating dynamic volunteer opportunities for REALTORS(R) and is always down to collaborate on projects that make a difference in our communities.


5:30 PM

Fireside Chat with Mia Ives-Rublee: From Personal Achievement to Political Activism: Advocating for Disability Awareness & Education

Mia Ives-Rublee is a disabled, transracial adoptee and athlete who has dedicated her life’s work to civil rights activism for disabled people, immigrants and other marginalized communities. Hear her powerful story on how she overcame obstacles to tackle and advocate for disability education and equality throughout the nation.

Director, Disability Justice Initiative at American Progress

Mia Ives-Rublee, MSW, is a disabled transracial adoptee who has dedicated her life’s work to civil rights activism. She began her journey as an adapted athlete, competing internationally in track, road racing, fencing, and crossfit. She obtained her Master’s in Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill and began working with disabled people to help them find work and independence in their communities at the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. She also worked as a research assistant at UNC Chapel Hill Department of Emergency Medicine. Mia is best known for founding the Women’s March Disability Caucus and organizing the original Women’s March on Washington in 2017. She has worked with Women’s March, Families Belong Together, the March on Climate Change, DC Action Lab, Adoptees for Justice, and numerous other progressive organizations. For her work on the Women’s March on Washington, Mia was named by Glamour Magazine as one of 2017’s Women of the Year Award. She was also recognized by She the People as one of 20 Women of Color in Politics to Watch in 2020
and awarded the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC School of Social Work. As a public speaker, Mia advocates on the national stage for the rights of disabled people, immigrants, and other marginalized communities.

CCIM | President & Designated Managing Broker, A.R.E. Partners

Chicago native Antje Gehrken brings over 20 years of experience in real estate, including representing investors, homeowners, lenders, and property and asset managers to her position as 2022 CAR President. She has been involved in a variety of committees and work groups over the years, including the Finance Committee, Professional Development Advisory Group and Treasurer of the CAR Foundation Board of Trustees. She is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, held by only 6% of commercial real estate professionals! She serves as a mentor for the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Commercial Real Estate Initiative and has been recognized as the Women’s Council of REALTORS®’ 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year.


6:10 PM: Closing Remarks | Program Concludes


6:15 PM: PRIDE Celebration Reception Begins


In collaboration with our Industry Partner, LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance – Chicago, wrap up the day with an exciting PRIDE-themed reception with food, cocktails and music!

7:30 PM: Event Concludes