Challenge accepted! I am a Diversity and Inclusion Champion!

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

"Hi, my name is Andrea Bedard, and I am a Diversity and Inclusion Champion!"

REALTORS® wear many hats. We have to adapt quickly, problem solve, navigate an ever-changing market and ever-evolving industry, continuously learn and commit to serving our local communities in the best ways possible.

My local board of REALTORS®, GCAAR (Greater Capital Association of REALTORS®) challenged its members to become Diversity & Inclusion Champions.

I am always eager to take on a challenge that helps me grow personally and professionally. I am proud to say that I leveled up and earned my D&I badge. I am now listed among my local peers (below are just a few):

GCAAR Diversity and Inclusion Champion

Earning the D&I badge requires the successful completion of a 3-part program:

  • the At Home With Diversity Certification (☑️ in 2017)
  • NAR's Fair Haven Housing simulation
  • Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers in Fair Housing

Being a Diversity & Inclusion Champion was important to me, as an immigrant, a mom, a CIPS® (Certified International Property Specialist), and a REALTOR® serving my local communities

I am glad I took the training, deepening my commitment to my diverse clientele, locally and globally. It is a requirement to serve on boards and committees which I hope to do in the future. 

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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Co., REALTORS®

Silver Spring, Maryland

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Comments (7)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Congratulations on the award. In these times being sensitive to all our clients is important and having the knowledge to be mindful is wonderful. I had to take the At Hoe with Diversity class to meet the requirements of the GRI

Sep 21, 2022 01:34 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Ed Silva! I took the At Home with Diversity back in 2017 as the elective for the ABR. I thought it was a very insightful class!

Sep 22, 2022 11:11 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Congratulations Andrea Bedard  well done  a very important  in today's world as not to offend anyone and to be mindful of others' cultures and beliefs 

Sep 21, 2022 01:49 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thanks Hannah Williams! I really enjoyed NAR's Fairhaven simulation and highly recommend it. I'll probably go through it again, it's very well done and a great reminder to "see something, say something".

Sep 22, 2022 11:14 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Well done and keep up the good work!

Sep 21, 2022 01:56 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Hi, Andrea.

Congratulations on your accomplishment on this very important subject of diversity. 

Sep 21, 2022 02:04 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Congratulations on your achievement!

Sep 22, 2022 04:59 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, congratulations on this new award, and will have to check, haven't seen it here.

Sep 22, 2022 07:35 AM
Andrea Bedard

I hope other associations will follow suit Joan Cox, especially because the components are on a national level. I highly recommend NAR's Fairhaven simulation even if there's no D&I badge. It's very well done! 

Sep 22, 2022 11:15 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Congratulations, Andrea! I was not even aware of that designation. As with all classes, I am sure there were some surprising revelations that I would never think of.

Sep 27, 2022 05:12 PM