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19th Annual Fair Housing Symposium

Thursday, April 27, 2023 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM) (EDT)


Fair housing is more than rights and penalties and a list of dos and don’ts. Fair housing protects our livelihood. The 19th Annual Fair Housing Symposium will feature information on current trending topics and what the future may look like in this area, as this year’s theme is “The Future of Fair Housing.” Lunch is provided, and we’ll have raffle prizes up for grabs! 

Workshops and speakers throughout the day include:

  • Future Challenges of Fair Housing
  • Fair Housing 101 and Tenant Rights
  • LGBTQ discrimination and Housing

…plus time for Q&A, and much more!

The Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium has put together this amazing day of learning for real estate agents, housing providers, property managers, attorneys, government officials, apartment personnel, renters, homeowners, and the general public.

Speakers include: 

  • Bridges 4 Life CEO, Tahtianna Fermin
  • MGT Consulting’s Director of the DEI Practice, Dr. Lamont Browne
  • Gulfcoast Legal Services Housing Unit’s Managing Attorney, James Kushner
  • Pinellas County Office of Human Rights’ Director, Jeffrey Lorrick
  • Chief Tech Equity Officer, Michael Akinwumi

Tahtianna Fermin is the founder and CEO of Bridges4Life, a nonprofit organization which works to help teens and young adults on street and in foster care become responsible, self-sufficient, confident and educated adults. Bridges4Life provides housing, preparation for adulthood, prevention services, and assists young people in negotiating aging-out services within the foster care system. Bridges4Life’s works within existing programs and resources to leverage new opportunities for the teens and young adults involved in sex work and other sectors of our community. the program empowers social change to develop local strategies for agencies of urban services.

Tahtiana is also a member of The National LGBTQ Workers Center’s NYC chapter, serving on the Center’s National Board as its New York Liaison. A community activist since 2008, Tahtianna has been a Community Follow-Up Worker (CFW) at Housing Works Inc., a recovery coach and patient navigator at The Alliance For Positive Change, amongst other initiatives, as well as speaking at the Presidential debate in 2008 for Barack Obama.

She’s an ordained minister, model, choreographer, activist, wife, mother and most importantly an Afro-Latina Black Trans Woman & sister of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Dr. Lamont W. Browne has 20 years of experience working as a change agent for society and organizational improvement in various communities and organizations. He currently serves as the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Solutions for MGT, a social impact-driven national public-sector consulting firm . Prior to this work, Dr. Browne worked as a public school educator serving as a math teacher, principal, adjunct professor, district administrator, and charter school CEO. His primary focus is helping people and their organizations achieve results that matter by developing high-functioning teams who work collaboratively to implement strategic systems that enhance organizational performance - particularly for the advancement of traditionally marginalized peoples and communities. A nationally recognized leader in education, Lamont has won numerous awards for his leadership, including the prestigious Ryan Award, presented by the Accelerate Institute for demonstrating exceptional leadership in closing the achievement gap in urban K-12 schools. He has earned a Bachelor's degree (Business Administration), Master's degree (Education), and Doctoral degree (Education Administration and Policy) from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

James Kushner is the Managing Attorney for Housing at Gulfcoast Legal Services. He has been a staff attorney at GLS since 2008, working at various points in family law, elder law, and consumer protection; he has focused exclusively on housing since 2019. He is a graduate of the Stetson University College of Law, and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Michael Akinwumi, Chief Tech Equity Officer: Michael Akinwumi leads National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)’s Tech Equity Initiative. The Tech Equity Initiative (TEI) is a multi-faceted effort launched by NFHA to increase the fairness of and re-shape the design of algorithmic systems in the housing and financial services industries. Conducting research to advance the AI fairness field is a cornerstone of the TEI. Dr. Akinwumi leads research and testing efforts on algorithmic fairness, privacy enhancing technologies, computer vision algorithms, generative AI and algorithmic auditing as they apply to housing and financial services. He is responsible for acquiring and managing data and technologies for the tech equity initiative while managing cross-functional relationships to ensure that solutions that result from the Initiative meet needs across NFHA and of other stakeholders. Previously, Dr. Akinwumi led governance engineering efforts at a FinTech by minimizing exposures to regulatory risks, managed a machine learning-powered recommender system that presents product and service offers to retail customers of a bank, and pioneered the use of machine learning solutions in auto and property insurance pricing of a P&C insurance company. Dr. Akinwumi lives his belief that “only a life lived for others is worth living.” 

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The classes and events listed above represent the efforts of not just a hard-working education department, but an entire association staff, several committees, and volunteer leaders – all of whom are dedicated to building, delivering, and communicating a selection of classes taught by reputable instructors and esteemed special guests. Affordability is always on our minds, which is why we’ve created programs designed to lower costs whenever possible.

Whether your goal is continuing education, gaining designations and certifications, networking, or strengthening your specialty, you’ll find a multitude of options available and friendly guidance along the way. We strongly believe learning never stops, so we aim to serve REALTORS® no matter where they are on their professional journey, from the newly-licensed agent to the seasoned professional. Please visit our PRO/CPRO Education page to learn how we stand out from the crowd.

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