Your monthly update on all DEI Initiatives!
|Hello Compass Team,
In the past few weeks, we have had a host of incredible guest speakers at Compass – many who have left us even more inspired and empowered by their work and activism.
I wanted to take a moment to share my highlights of the iconic speakers we’ve had at our events, such as my interview with author Cole Brown and a dynamic fireside chat with Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code. Both of their voices challenge the system and structures we are moving in. The power that comes from authentically telling our own stories is what creates true change.
In the spirit of change-makers, my team and I are committed to amplify the work of employees and agents that are doing phenomenal, philanthropic acts centered around DEI in our communities.
Moving forward, we will include a nomination form in each flash report for you all to have the opportunity to nominate yourself or a colleague that ties diversity, inclusion and equity into the work they do outside of Compass – those who are making the world a better place for us. We’ll be sure to highlight them in our our “Community Engagement” section and other channels.
April also marks National Arab American Heritage Month, Fair Housing Month and Autism Acceptance Month. Each one of us should celebrate and build places of belonging for our communities throughout the year – nevertheless, these moments should be a time for us to reflect on our roles on how we’re supporting and empowering those around us.
Looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together!
– Jodie Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Belonging@Compass Workshop | New Hires
The DEI team hosts a Belonging@Compass workshop as part of employee new hire onboarding, We are excited to announce that it is now open to all new employees company-wide.
This workshop is an introduction to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Affinity Group work at Compass and walks through high-level ongoing programs and initiatives.
Celebrating National Arab American Heritage Month!
|April is an opportunity to commemorate the rich cultures, societal contributions and the vast diversity of Arab Americans, and a reminder to collectively work together to empower generations of Arab American innovators year round.
|Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month with Our Compass Community | Blog Spotlight
Check out our Belonging@Compass blog highlight discussing how Compass employees and agents are leaving their mark in the world and at Compass.
|Arab American Heritage Month | Spotify Playlist
Listen to a curated playlist from our Pacific Northwest J.E.D.I Council highlighting Arab artists.
Check it out here!
|Share our Arab American Heritage Month campaign with your network!
Leverage this editable spotlight template in Marketing Center to share with your sphere and amplify yourself, a colleague or icon.
The design team also published celebratory Ramadan assets in Marketing Center under “Holidays” here.
|Arabs Of Compass WorkPlace Group
The Arabs of Compass WorkPlace group is a safe space to connect with colleagues, create bridges and support one another.
Check it out here!
Autism Acceptance Month
|Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month
Autism Acceptance Month reinforces that acceptance is building a world where everyone in the Autism community has access to the support they need, and we are continually creating spaces where everyone can thrive and belong.
Spread awareness in your network with these assets:
Social Square A, B, C, DSocial Story A, B, C, D
|Congratulations To Morgan Ramsey!
Morgan C. Ramsey, Artificial Intelligence User Experience Researcher (AIUX) at Compass, was recently featured this year at Harvard University as a speaker at the Harvard WECode (Women Engineers Code) Conference – the largest student-run women in tech conference in the world.
Morgan has also been featured as a guest lecturer at Harvard, a panelist at the QRCA UX Conference (2021) and at Black Tech Fest in London (2020). Her presentations center around her work in amplifying unheard voices in product design as an AI UX Researcher at Compass, her journey to UX Research at Google and details around her most recent endeavor as a Founder of a UX Research career coaching business, Ramsey Research Consulting.
Reach out to Morgan for more information here!
|Compass Agent Kimberly Kirven Is Helping Brad Perez’s NASCAR Dreams Come True
California agent, Kimberly Kirven, is sponsoring Brad Perez (@uhbrad) and his upcoming NASCAR National Series Debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race. Kirven is dedicated to supporting members of the BIPOC community pursuing their dreams.
“Representation makes a difference,” Kirven told writes when asked why she chose Perez to sponsor. “I believe in him, and I believe in his potential, and as a Black business owner, I want to invest in other diverse opportunities for success.”
Follow Kimberly on Instagram here and reach out to her for more information here!
|The Muncey Group Launches “Welcome Home Fund”
The Muncey Group at Compass is launching a private, philanthropic effort in partnership with Compass Working Capital – The Welcome Home Fund. This initiative is to address the racial and economic divides in home ownership in Boston, MA by providing grants to support and supplement down payments for first-generation homebuyers in Boston.
The Muncey Group is joined in part by another local philanthropist (Kyra Harris Grenier, of the Jamaica Plain-based James Pace Clayton Fund) in this effort.
Compass Working Capital runs a nationally-recognized program that supports families with low income to build assets and financial capabilities as a pathway to economic opportunity and out of poverty.
|Last Black Man in San Francisco Screening | Presented By The SFAR Diversity Committee
Please join the San Francisco Association of Realtors® in collaboration with the Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater for a screening of the Sundance darling and award-winning film, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”, with an intermission dialogue about racial equity, gentrification, and San Francisco.
Presented by the SFAR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, this is the first of hopefully many evenings designed to appreciate thought-provoking art that inspires conviviality and conversation!
Purchase your tickets here!
|Compass + Human Rights Campaign
In response to the recent wave of legislation that singles out transgender youth and other members of the LGBTQ+ community and in support of our friends and family and throughout our broader communities, Compass recently signed on to a Human Rights Campaign letter with over 150 other companies that says, in part:
“Our businesses strongly embrace diversity and inclusion because we want everyone who works for us or does business with us to feel included and welcomed as their true, authentic selves. Fairness, equal treatment, and opportunity are central to our corporate values because we care about our employees and the customers we serve.”
Please reach out with any questions or thoughts.
|Do you work with an employee or agent at Compass that ties diversity, inclusion and equity into the work they do in the community? Nominate them here!
|Finding Your Place, March Edition – Journey To Leadership
Tuesday Mar. 29 | 2PM PST / 5PM EST
This career-mapping event will feature a cohort of Compass managers who will share their professional pathways from the beginning of their careers to the leadership positions they have now.
|Let’s Talk About Race, Icons of Influence
Wednesday Mar. 30 | 11:15AM PST / 2:15PMPM EST
This conversation, hosted by the California Diversity Council, will be driven by the Amazon Prime Documentary “My Name Is Pauli Murray”. Pauli Murray, a non-binary lawyer, was a remarkable civil rights and women’s rights advocate.
|Women’s History Month Panel
Thursday Mar. 31 | 1PM PST / 4PM EST
Presented by the Pacific Northwest JEDI Council, this event is to create a space to hear from women employees and agents who will discuss their perspectives and experiences in the real estate industry. Topics will include work-life balance, women in real estate, advice and mentorship.
|Arab American Heritage Month Cooking Show
Wednesday Apr. 20 | 11AM PST / 2PM EST
To celebrate Arab American Heritage Month, we’d like to invite anyone within Compass to showcase their cooking skills and love for middle eastern cuisine by signing up for a live-streamed cooking show where you will be sharing your prepared dish and speak to some history behind it.
At the end of this cooking show, we will culminate all of your recipes of Arab dishes into a fun, Compass-branded cookbook!
Submit your recipes here if you’re interested in showcasing your cooking skills!
|Fair Housing Awareness Panel
Monday Apr. 25 | 12:30PM PST / 3:30PM EST
April is Fair Housing Month. In acknowledgment of the month, the Legal team, in partnership with DEI, will be hosting their second annual Fair Housing Awareness Month Panel with special guest Bryan Greene (National Association of Realtors).
|The Weekend Awakening | Weekly Session
Friday’s at 9AM PST / 12PM EST
Every Friday, the 6AMERs group hosts a 15 minute guided meditation session led by West Coast Co-host Emily Bossert and other special guests to get our minds right for the weekend. These sessions are open to all!
|In Case You Missed These Events:
Fireside Chat with Cole Brown, Author of Greyboy
Discussion with Emily Fletcher, Ziva Meditation
Fireside Chat with Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code
|Resources For Your DEI Journey
|What we are reading, listening to and discussing!
The Beauty of Your Face
The Map of Salt and Stars
You Exist Too Much
Race for Profit
The Color of Money
Don’t Tell Baba
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