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New non-profit hopes to increase diversity in real estate

T3 Sixty spearheads new nonprofit to improve diversity in real estate

Kenya Burrell-VanWormer

“It is hard to get into real estate, but it is much harder to stay in real estate and remain consistently successful,” said Kenya Burrell-VanWormer, herself a former real estate agent. Burrell-VanWormer is a sixth-generation Texan and native Houstonian and has been involved in real estate for almost two decades. Her achievements earned her honors as the Houston Association of Realtors’ Realtor of the Year in 2009. “It is extremely important to create role models and roadmaps for those who have a dream of becoming a successful Realtor,” Swanepoel said.

The Foundation has an audacious goal of raising $100 million in donations and sponsorships over the next decade and using that to help 40,000 people enter the real estate industry and build toward successful, long-lasting careers. All brokerages, agents, vendors, associations and MLSs are encouraged to participate in this meaningful cause by providing donations, services and support of any size.

A great cause and I think everyone can help. Kenya Burrell-VanWormer is an excellent choice as their first Executive Director. I had a chance to speak with Kenya on a recent Industry Relations podcast, you can check that out here.

  1. This is great.

    Seems like a good spot to also mention Milwaukee’s Marquette University Associates in Commercial Real Estate (ACRE) program.

    Since 2005, the goal of the ACRE program is to expand minority representation in the commercial real estate fields of development, property management, and construction management.



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