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Candid Conversations on Race and the Rental Housing Industry

Candid Conversations on Race and the Rental Housing Industry

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

Join the National Apartment Association (NAA) for a solutions-centric conversation with industry leaders on the effects of racial inequality on the rental housing industry. This open dialogue is intended to raise awareness on the effects of overt and subconscious biases, including:

  • The impact on promotions, from onsite to corporate level staff (Rommel Anacan)
  • Removing racial bias from the recruiting process and closing the wage gap (Alex Jackiw)
  • How branding and imagery impact residents and team members (Melissa D. White) 
  • How racial composition of local affiliates effect future membership (Chiccorra Connor) 

These four topics will be discussed through a 45-minute, open conversation, with attendees selecting a topic in which they’d like to participate when registering. 

In addition, the webinar will feature a conversation with Chiccorra Connor, President and Founder, Occupancy Heroes Incorporated; Alexandra S. Jackiw, Chief Operating Officer, Hayes Gibson Property Services; Rommel Anacan, President, the Relationship Difference; and Melissa D. White, Director of Business Operations, The Kool Source.  

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The four principal areas of the rental housing industry that are affected by racial bias 
  • Solutions that industry leaders are using to address racial bias within organizations
  • How to address racial disparities and drive solutions-based initiatives

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 16  at 11 a.m. EDT
Price: Free

Register Today!

About the Hosts

Melissa D. White: Speaker, Executive Coach, and D&I Advocate

A Trainer in Multifamily, she is CEO of The Activation Hour Coaching & Consulting and recently joined as Director of Business Operations for The Kool Source.

Melissa is a past recipient of The Alexandra Jackiw Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship, among many other awards. She’s the Founder of Writing Our Wrongs, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is activating the youth voice for social justice. She is the Host of The Activation Hour Podcast and Co-Host of Racism: Color Outside The Lines. She enjoys serving humanity as a licensed Minister, travel and time with family.


Alex Jackiw, CPM®, CPS, C3P

Alex Jackiw is Chief Operating Officer of Hayes Gibson Property Services. Her experience includes all aspects of property and asset management, marketing, training, consulting, troubled property turnarounds, and new business development. 

Jackiw served as Chairman of NAA in 2013 and President of NAAEI in 2008/2009. She served as Chair of the RPM Advisory Boards at both Virginia Tech and Ball State University. She has held adjunct faculty positions at Virginia Tech and Ball State University where she taught in the Residential Property Management program. A respected industry leader, Alex was inducted into the NAA Hall of Fame in 2018.


Chiccorra Connor

Chiccorra Connor has served the multifamily industry for over 20 years and founded Occupancy Heroes in 2003. Occupancy Heroes provides services designed to help multifamily real estate owners manage, maintain, and optimize their properties. Chiccorra serves on various NAAEI Committees, and she’s a proud Charlottean, giving to the community by volunteering with the Crisis Assistance Ministry and Urban Ministry Center, championing affordable housing and diversity and inclusion.

Chiccorra loves swimming in the ocean and cupcakes, but her passion for family and empowering women drives her. Chiccorra has high standards for excellence, and these standards are the force behind her success.


Rommel Anacan

Rommel Anacan (Roe-mel Ana-kin) is a motivational speaker, strategist, entrepreneur and president of The Relationship Difference. He powerfully impacts people, companies and organizations by providing the clarity, motivation and education they need to break through their limits and achieve the success they desire.

When not speaking around the country Rommel loves spending time with his family in Southern California, serves as an assistant pastor in his local church, sits on the board of Briers to Myrtles Ministries and volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.