NAWRB Magazine Volume 11, Issue 1 Collaboration Breathes Success

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Erica Courtney

Erica Courtney, in her role of Military Strategist, provides assessments and recommendations to senior military and civilian decision-makers related to national security, develops key policy documents, plans and strategies for a theater of operations. This Combined Force and United Nations Command reflects the mutual commitment of the Republic of Korea and the United States to maintain peace and security.

In late March, Erica took part in an event in which the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls teamed up with the California Women’s Caucus and state leadership to work on a Habitat for Humanity jobsite. Their event was the official conclusion of Habitat’s month-long Women Build project, which brought together over 550 women to build essential affordable housing for single mothers and low-income families. Erica talked about her experience with the event on KFBK Sacramento in early April.

Tami Bonnell

Tami Bonnell, Co-Chair of EXIT Realty Corp. International announced this month that the sub-franchiser rights for locations in Arizona and Utah now fall under the umbrella of EXIT Realty Pacific West. This recent development is part of EXIT Realty’s extensive growth across the US and Canada. They have already expanded to 20 new markets in 2022. In May, Tami spoke at the Women’s Real Estate and Entrepreneurship Event which was sponsored by CTREIA (Connecticut Real Estate Investors Association). She was one of 3 featured speakers sharing expertise about real estate and entrepreneurship.

Tami also writes blogs and shares advice in videos about EXIT Realty Co. International. One recent video captures a conversation between her and EXIT Realty’s Chief Technology Officer, John Packes, discussing EXIT’s People First approach to technology development. In another recent video, Tami speaks about the realtor’s role in affordable housing.

Teresa Palacios Smith

Teresa Palacios Smith, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for HomeServices of America, joined Freddie Mac Single-Family for a LinkedIn Live to talk about mentorship and outreach. She speaks about how to be a strong and compassionate leader and mentor.

In May, Teresa was a Keynote speaker for the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) event in Charlotte titled “Developing Strong Culture for Growth and Success.” The event was partly to celebrate NAHREP Charlotte’s 10th anniversary. In addition to her speaking engagements, Teresa continues her “Women Who Lead” series, which is now also a podcast. You can watch and/or listen to on Spotify, Apple, Google, and Facebook or access via and In August, join Teresa and CEO, Gino Blefari of HomeServices of America at NAREB’s Annual 75th convention for a mastermind class. In September, Teresa will be joining CEO, Christy Budnick on stage for a fireside chat during the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Conference in Las Vegas, Sept. 28-30th. Check out our She-Centerfold featuring Teresa Palacios Smith, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for HomeServices of America, to understand what makes her a successful trailblazer, an inspiration, but more importantly what it takes to make the most out of mentoring.

Dr. Chitra Dorai


Dr. Chitra Dorai and her team at Amicus Brain launched a clinical research study - this month about their AI technology that can help caregivers manage challenging behaviors during dementia care and improve their well-being. This is in partnership with the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases and the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. The study and its data will be useful in demonstrating that support of caregivers with the right tools can lead to extending at-home stay for people living with dementia and improving their quality of life. Please find more details on Page 48 in this magazine. | NAWRB MAGAZINE

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