It has been great to see so many of you virtually over these past few months. While I miss our in-person gatherings, we in the association executive community never seem to miss a beat.
This issue of REALTOR® AE is dedicated to diversity. If you attended our May meeting, you heard reports from all of the Association Executives Committee advisory boards and work groups. One that I was especially proud to create for 2020 was the Association Leadership Diversity Work Group.
Our members and leaders must know and understand the commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The purpose of this group is to engage local associations to foster greater diversity in association leadership, create synergies with local chapters of multi-cultural organizations, and identify tools and resources that associations can use to increase and sustain diversity in their leadership.
It is incumbent upon all of us to strive to promote diversity and inclusion in everything we do. The diversity of our membership and staff—not limited to individual backgrounds, experiences, talents, knowledge, and creativity—is the foundation of our success.
Diversity and inclusion should be firmly anchored within our strategic plans and governance structure. It is not only an approach to meet the needs of increasingly diverse markets by providing exceptional real estate services and solutions, but also an association commitment to support an inclusive culture and management practice that advances the industry.
Our members and leaders must know and understand the commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as what is expected of them in reaching the association goals. This is why the AEC is focusing on strengthening inclusive leadership in 2020 and beyond.
Let us always treat each other with respect, help each other develop to our full potential, and promote inclusion in every way we can. If every one of us takes personal responsibility, acts with integrity, and leads by example, the AE community can continue to move the industry forward.