Schedule of Events


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 | 10:00 AM - 12:25 PM

The Five Star Diversity & Inclusion Symposium brings together relevant stakeholders dedicated to advancing the conversation about diversity within the mortgage industry. As an industry, we celebrate the progress being made toward building a profession that is inclusive while also understanding there is still work to be done. It has never been more important to advance solutions aimed at encouraging diverse practices. This gathering of professionals will chart the course for finding strength in our differences through critical dialogue about the most pressing D&I issues unfolding within our industry. Attendees will enjoy a morning of active engagement, networking, and advancing progress within housing and mortgage.

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

Chair Opening Remarks
AMDC Advisory Council Chair, Tai Christensen, kicks off the Fall Symposium and shares an overview of the day.

Tai Christensen
10:05 AM - 10:50 AM

An External Focus on DEI—Leveraging DEI to Drive Better Business Outcomes
A successful company is one that implements DEI not just to "check a box" but as a core business imperative. To succeed in today's dynamic and competitive business environment, companies need to be leading the change rather than being led by it. Listen in on this lively panel discussion to learn more about being a company that is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Walk away with the insights it takes to be more innovative, make better decisions, and lead change more effectively than those with a more homogeneous workforce.

Frank Fuentes Atila Almeida James Armstrong III Ryan Davis Michael Ruiz Diana Sifuentes
10:50 AM - 11:35 AM

Fireside Chat


Tai Christensen
11:35 AM - 12:20 PM

An Internal Focus on DEI—How a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace Leads to Growth and Success
In this day and age, a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is imperative for any organization’s success. Inclusivity starts within the organization itself. Companies who integrate DEI as a part of their core values are more likely to: 1) embrace and implement diverse ideology, objectives, and processes, 2) experience growth across the organization, 3) achieve financial goals, and 4) lay the foundation to positively impact its community. Join us for an internally focused discussion of how and why DEI can help you and your organization grow from the inside out. Hear from the experts about the changes they have seen to support these goals.

Loyla Oyewole Sharifa Anderson Jason Brown Paul Gigliotti Dorenda King
12:20 PM - 12:30 PM

Chair Closing Remarks
AMDC Advisory Council Chair wraps up the Fall Symposium and shares highlights from the discussions. 

Tai Christensen