Sher Powers is 2021 First Vice President for Tennessee REALTORS® and is the owner/Managing Broker for Urbane Residential Specialists in Nashville. She has served on a variety of committees at the local, state and national REALTOR® associations and is a President’s Circle/Golden R Major Investor Hall of Fame member. As an educator, Sher has presented programming on real estate investing for state and national conventions, and participated as a subject-matter expert in creating the 2018 National Association of REALTORS® REBAC course on Real Estate Investing. She has written this course in response to attendee feedback at the Tennessee REALTORS® Think Tank in fall 2018, led by the Diversity Inclusion Committee. The goal of this class is to inspire conversation on a difficult topic and provide practical and immediately useful tips for REALTORS®, firms and associations in their efforts to create diversity inclusive practices and policies.
The Umbrella Effect – Beyond the Fair Housing Act Think Tank
The Umbrella Effect is a fast-paced, one-hour course that provides practical steps to make difficult conversations more comfortable, and explains how to harness emotional intelligence, unconscious biases, microaggressions, and much more. The focus is on awareness and cooperation rather than criticism or shame, so everyone moves forward together. Attendees will be provided with clear examples and equipped with simple, immediate tools they can use to create an unstoppable, inclusive culture in their business, community, and daily lives.
The Think Tank workshop takes The Umbrella Effect to the next level. Explore topics covered in the first hour through active participation and collaboration. Overcome bias in inclusiveness and diversity discussions by moving from conversations led by gut instinct, emotional or subconscious thought, and instead focusing on deliberately inclusive, rational, rules-based thinking and listening. This takes practice and more effort, so a series of four exercises are utilized to assist attendees in growing these tools. Each Think Tank is unique and group-led, with the goal of building social confidence and three actionable ideas at the end of the hour.