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Home Ownership Fair | Saturday, June 4th, 2022

Each June, Dallas Habitat celebrates National Homeownership Month by hosting our annual Homeownership Fair. This popular, highly anticipated event advances our mission of advancing affordable housing and preparing first-time homebuyers by providing high-quality education, resources, and encouragement to all those seeking to achieve their dream of homeownership.

For the third year in a row, we’re bringing this popular and FREE event to your fingertips – giving you online access to the information you need, all from the comfort of your home. Hear from leading industry experts, attend virtual breakout sessions, access community resources, and be entered to win fantastic raffle prizes.  View information about our Guest Speakers, Sponsors, and all event details below.

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Keynote Speakers

Lady Jade

K104 FM

Moderator

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Jade began working professionally at an extremely early age as a model and actress, continuing in the entertainment industry in college as an intern and then an on-air weekend personality.

After graduating, Jade returned to Dallas and began her dream career at K104 FM. After working nights, she hosted her own night show which is where she was given the name “Lady Jade.” After working nights for two years, she was asked to join the K104 Morning Show, which she has co-hosted for the last 13 years. The K104 Morning Show is now nationally syndicated in over 30 markets around the country and heard by millions of listeners.

With a passion for giving back, Jade foundered Project 16; her 501c3 non-profit organization geared towards helping less-advantaged youth, giving them opportunities to learn and grow.

Dasha Kennedy

Founder of The Broke Black Girl

Keynote Speaker

The Broke Black Girl was created by St. Louis native, Dasha Kennedy, a speaker, author and international budget coach. What has birthed from her personal financial hardships evolved into the key to financial freedom for black women across the world. The Broke Black Girl is an online platform that connects, educates and empowers minority women to financial and mental wellness. The Broke Black Girl provides a safe and supportive space for women to openly discuss their financial hardships and seek free assistance from the professionals in the group, such as myself, with credit restoration, budgeting, money and time management, wealth building and mental wellness. The platform has exceeded 60,000 women within one year, reaching women in 38 states and 96 countries.

Kennedy encourages women to have several sources of income, which has set off a chain reaction and many of the women are seeking entrepreneurship. Kennedy believes the tools obtained from The Broke Black Girl and strategic partners will fully equip the aspiring “Girlpreneurs” with the tools needed to successfully operate a profitable business.

Panelist Participants

Tashara Parker

Journalist at WFAA News 8

Panel Moderator

Tashara Parker is an Emmy award-winning journalist at WFAA News 8 in Dallas, Texas. Featured as one of WFAA’s preeminent voices, the anchor brings experience, vibrancy and authenticity — capturing the attention of viewers in an engaging and informative way, all the while creating loyalty and social impact.

Coined as a “community-focused storyteller”, Tashara is the go-to source for highlighting organizations and individuals who have historically been underrepresented and misrepresented in mainstream media. As a dedicated visionary and one of Dallas’ most influential voices, Tashara utilizes her platform to volunteer hundreds of hours to many organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

In October 2020, Tashara sparked a global conversation following backlash for a natural bun hairstyle she wore on-air. Praised by viewers, her response achieved virality, igniting a national discussion surrounding natural hair discrimination, and evolving organically with the launch of her “Bun Ministry” movement — a rapidly budding space to celebrate, educate and empower individuals on the journey and love for all things natural hair.

In the spirit of innovation, her acclaimed original series “Rooted” for the ABC network affiliate WFAA, was met with rave reviews for tenaciously tackling the taboo topic of Black hair and professionalism within the workplace. In amplifying this message, Tashara was quickly catapulted as one of the many universal thought leaders tapped for commentary and dialogue on the ever-evolving subject.

Historically recognized as the first black woman to anchor CBS affiliate KYTX’s primetime evening newscasts, the then Tyler, Texas anchor was commended for her coverage of the 2017 Van Zandt County and 2019 Alto tornadoes, in addition to two high-profile executions, of which she wrote and executive produced the majority of the content.

With a dedicated following both on and off the air, the journalist is described by viewers as “someone who truly cares about people and this community”, recently earning her the honor of “Best Broadcast Journalist” by the Dallas Weekly. With this powerful mantra lighting her path, Tashara continues to carve her slate within the industry as not only a journalist, but also as a social innovator — bringing both DFW and the best in community storytelling to the forefront.

Keith Stone

Realtor

Keller Williams Realty

Panelist

Aretha Heggins

Senior Homeownership Counselor

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

Panelist

Daniel Garcia

VP, Senior CRA Lending Officer

First Horizon

Panelist

This Years Schedule

Virtual Exhibitor Hall | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Meet virtually one-on-one with industry experts to get your most pressing homeownership questions answered!

VIRTUAL EVENT BEGINS!

Opening Session | 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Keynote Conversation | 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Lady Jade and Dasha Kennedy

Break Out Sessions | 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Breakout Session 1
First Time Buyer Mistakes to Avoid

Breakout Session 2
Making Homeownership Affordable
Breakout Session 3 (SPANISH)
Loan Options for non-citizens/non-residents.

All Group Session | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Featured Panelist Discussion | Build a Homebuying Team That Works for You

With: Tashara Parker, Daniel Garcia, Keith Stone, and Aretha Heggins 

 

 

Break Out Sessions | 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Breakout Session 4
(Moderated by Jade): DPA Panel

Breakout Session 5
Savvy Shopping: How to Compare Loan Options

Breakout Session 6 (SPANISH)
10 Steps of Buying a Home

Realizing the Dream of Homeownership with Dallas Habitat | 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Grand Prize Raffle | 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

This family-friendly virtual event will feature:

Free homebuyer workshops

Community resources

Panels hosted by leading industry experts

Great raffle prizes

Thank you to our sponsors