With intense scrutiny from Silicon Valley to the White House, the topic of diversity and inclusion has been pulled into focus and entered conversations everywhere from the newsroom to the boardroom. Employers across all industries are increasingly seeking ways to create equal opportunity for employees regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Some are faring better than others.
The uptick in media attention on the issue inspired me to look more closely at the real estate industry in this context. While I’ve always felt that real estate agents represent a strong balance across the most common diversity dimensions, I wanted to see what the statistics said. In my research, I realized that there are quite a few reasons the real estate business is uniquely positioned to be a leader on the diversity front.