UNITE Sessions

The challenges of 2020 have created a new opportunity for us to unite – virtually! The UNITE! Sessions includes three days of hearing from association leadership, thought provoking and helpful webinars, and CE. There is no charge, but please register for each session you’d like to attend.


MNR on the Hour

9:00 – 10:00 AM CT  Register Now

Hear directly from your Minnesota Realtors® Leadership Team on the work that’s been done in 2020 during these strange times. You’ll hear market updates, learn more about our consumer campaign, the 2020 GRI scholarship recipients, legislative update and more! Tune in and join us.


Your Safety is Non-Negotiable: The Beverly Carter Story

9:00 – 10:00 AM CT   Register Now

Please note: Video is required (100 attendee maximum) | 1.0 hours of CE Pending

Carl Carter, Jr., is a Realtor® and the Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. His mom, Realtor® Beverly Carter, lost her life at the hands of two clients in 2014. Since his mother's passing, Carl has dedicated as much time as possible to spreading the message of safety. He also has a Master and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of AR in Little Rock, AR. Carl is a Certified Franklin Covey Facilitator, a DDI Certified Facilitator, and an Achieve Global Educator.

Business Unusual Panel

1:00 – 2:00 PM CT Register Now

Please note: No CE for this course.

Business as usual has been anything but, during the recent health crisis. Lessons were learned as agents and brokers had to adjust as the pandemic shifted the way everyone did business. Hear perspective from top industry stakeholders on what lessons they learned during their time in quarantine, how they shifted their relevancy proposition during the crisis, what they stopped (and started) doing when normalcy returned, and advice for Minnesota Realtors® as the industry continues to evolve.

Nobu Hata (Moderator) is a real estate industry tech, marketing, sales and industry outreach veteran Nobu is the CEO of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors and brings tactical tips, tricks and advice - based on real business execution - to help real estate business owners succeed and thrive in a rapidly evolving real estate industry.

Shay Hata (Panel Member) is an Ivy League grad, mom and residential Realtor in Chicago, IL with Berkshire Hathaway. She moved to Chicago in 2012 and jumped into real estate in a brand new city where she didn’t know anyone and was new to real estate. Within 3 years she was averaging $30M a year in real estate and now has a small team consisting of her, a buyer’s agent and four assistants.

Jeff Turner (Panel Member) specializes in helping technology startups understand and navigate the complexities of the North American real estate market. He is also an internationally recognized speaker on topics at the intersection of technology trends and human behavior. Currently, Jeff is building a new Real Estate Association Management platform called Tangilla, is Entrepreneur in Residence for Second Century Ventures, leads strategy at immoviewer, and is an advisor to multiple real estate technology startups.

Geoffrey Bray (Panel Member) is the co-owner and broker of Engel & Völkers Minneapolis. He started his career with the ambitious mission that he could make the entire real estate industry better. Fast-forward ten years into his career when he and his business partner, Lindsay Bacigalupo, were given the opportunity to bring Engel & Völkers, a European-based real estate brand to the Midwest.


The Color of Real Estate

9:00 – 10:00 AM CT Register Now

Please note: No CE for this course.

The history of systemic and structural racism has drastically impacted the real estate industry. Whether consciously or unconsciously, Realtors® often continue to contribute to today’s inequalities. The Color of Real Estate will address unconscious biases, how they contribute to today’s homeownership gap and our role as Realtors® in breaking down these barriers to ensure fair housing for all. Participants will learn to:

  • Identify and understand unconscious bias
  • Understand how the history of government implemented policies have contributed to today’s homeownership gap
  • Define and understand our role as Realtors®
  • Identify resources for Realtors to ensure fair housing for all
Presented by Julia Lashay (Israel) and Refocus University. Julia is a licensed real estate broker in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas. Over the past 20 years she has owned several real estate businesses and trained and coached thousands of real estate professionals. Julia is a founding member and Past-President of the Twin Cities National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). She currently serves as co-chair of the Keller Williams Realty International Diversity Training & Education Task Force, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Realtors® (MNR) as well as numerous other real estate boards and committees. In 2017 Julia was nominated for Minneapolis Area Realtor®’s (MAR) Realtor of the Year award and received the Exceptional Service award from MAR in 2020. She has been featured on several news and radio stations including Fox 9 News, Kare 11, the Star Tribune and guest appearances on HGTV.

S’mores to Sales

1:00 – 2:30 PM CT  Register Now

Please note: Video is required (100 attendee maximum) | 1.5 hours of CE Pending

Learn how to use the power of storytelling to improve your online marketing, presenting, and client relationships.

Valerie Garcia is passionate about helping others embrace change. As an international Real Estate speaker and consultant, she is known for delivering encouragement and truth with her signature straightforward style and sense of humor. By focusing on the importance of overcoming fear, adapting to new ideas, and putting the customer first, Valerie’s sessions speak to the very heart of our industry.  Named as both an Inman Top 100 Influencer, as well as a Top 20 Social Influencer on the Swanepoel Power 200, Valerie is a key voice in the Real Estate industry.

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