Deadline July 30th – Women’s Homeownership and Contracting Opportunities Conference

Deadline July 30th – Women’s Homeownership and Contracting Opportunities Conference

Women’s Diversity and Inclusion
Special Pricing Ends July 30th, 2016

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Women’s Homeownership

The 3rd Annual NAWRB Women’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference brings you the national platform for Women’s Homeownership. According to 2014 Census Bureau data, there are 18,057,000 female homeowners in the United States. Ten million live alone, 6.7 million live with relatives without a husband present and 1.3 million live in two-or-more person households.

We will address the unique challenges and aspects of women’s homeownership, and how you can be part of this emerging market!


Women-Owned Contracting Opportunities

A variety of agencies with enormous responsibilities and projects in motion, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Small Business Administration (SBA), beckon the assistance of diverse independent contractors from several industries.

These entities possess contracts and set-asides for women-owned small business and small businesses within several designations. With the ever-growing diversity and inclusion (D&I) movement, a rising number of agencies are dedicating themselves to increasing the utilization of small businesses in the contracting arena.

As the Small Business Administration (SBA) reveals in the Scorecard Summary for fiscal year 2015, HUD awarded over $360 million in contracts to women-owned small businesses (WOSB). This is just one agency dedicated to working with WOSB in the contracting arena.

These contracts, potentially worth millions of dollars, could be pivotal for your business. If you prepare yourself, you could be the next recipient of a million-dollar contract.

To learn more about contracting opportunities including:
Contracting requirements
How you can best prepare your business for possible contracts
Contracting forecasts for fiscal year 2016

Sign up for the 2016 NAWRB Conference Today


New Changes to SBA Mentor-Protégé Program

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The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development (8(a) BD Mentor-Protégé Program is crafted to enable successful companies to provide “forms of business development assistance” to 8(a) Program Participants. The program’s goal is enhancing the capacity of participants to “be competitive, achieve entrepreneurial success and contribute to the U.S. economy.”

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Commentary: The Historic White House United State of Women Summit



Editorial Note: The following is a commentary written by Desiree Patno, CEO of the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB), after attending the first White House summit on The United State of Women last month in Washington, D.C.

The White House United State of Women Summit was an incredible high and energizer for all the work we have been doing here at NAWRB and for me personally! Jordan Brooks from the White House Council on Women’s and Girls did an incredible job in such a short time, pulling together over 100 speakers and 5,000 women in one venue for women’s equality centered on six pillar topics. To see women come from several different industries with the same vision and desires was such an incredibly exhilarating feeling. Personally, I know there are several of us still riding the high several days and even weeks after the summit.

Coming from an intense business model—from selling properties for corporate clients to running a trade organization—creating a new lane has been quite the challenge. Bucking the normal business model for women and women-owned businesses in the housing ecosystem, the White House Council on Women and Girls Summit rejuvenated and energized NAWRB by raising the public’s awareness and showing the federal government’s commitment to women.
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Accountability for Women’s Diversity and Inclusion

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With the Dodd-Frank’s establishment of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) for regulated entities in 2010, the movement for equality in the workplace received a significant hoist. The issue then became accountability; how can we ensure the true inclusion of women and minorities?

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The Historic White House United State of Women Summit

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The White House United State of Women Summit was an incredible high and energizer for all the work we have been doing here at NAWRB and for me personally! Jordan Brooks from the White House Council on Women’s and Girls did an incredible job in such a short time, pulling together over 100 speakers and 5000 women in one venue for women’s equality centered on six pillar topics. To see women come from several different industries with the same vision and desires was such an incredibly exhilarating feeling. Personally, I know there are several of us still riding the high several days and even weeks after the summit.

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Top 5 Characteristics of Highly Successful Women

Top 5 Characteristics of Highly Successful Women

In today’s world, success can be defined by the number of years you have been married, the position you hold in your company, the size of your bank account or the house that you own. While each woman may define success differently, there is no denying that successful women over the world have similar characteristics that indeed set them apart from the rest.

Having worked with a number of incredibly talented, well-educated, highly successful women over the years, we have come to notice that there are specific characteristics that highly successful women all have in common. These are the characteristics that women have incorporated into their every-day lives because being ordinary simply wasn’t good enough. In doing so, they have earned high-level positions at some of the world’s biggest companies and have empowered other women to do the same.

 1) They are passionate about their lives, both personally and professionally.

There is a saying that states, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Nearly 14% of C-Suite jobs are held by women, and you can bet those women love what they do. When someone has passion for the work they do in their industry, it drives them to want to do more, to be more, and to give more to those around them. This passion is infectious; it’s magnetic. They become the women that everyone wants to be around. Their passion empowers others to give their all to the company which in turn leads to growth and overall well-being throughout their environment.

2) They manage their expectations realistically.

In a study by the Harvard Business Review, researchers concluded that generally speaking, men felt confident applying for a job where they met only 60% of the qualifications whereas women only felt confident applying if they met 100% of the qualifications. Further research suggests that over time, the most successful women have realized that striving for absolute perfection is an epic waste of time and energy and only leads to disappointment and unhappiness.

Barnard president Debora Spar states it best in her op-ed piece for Glamour magazine, “We each, if we’re lucky, will have our chance to leave a mark on the world, but we are trying too hard to be perfect. So don’t emulate Wonder Woman; think about what’s wonderful to you instead. Then boldly, audaciously, joyfully, leave the rest behind.”

 3) They do not hesitate to take risks.

Some of the world’s greatest achievements were obtained simply because someone somewhere took a calculated risk; they stepped out of the confines of traditional thinking and paved the way towards progress. Successful women don’t merely follow the paths of others, they break out and form new paths of their own. As Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, states, “If you push through that feeling of being scared; that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen.” The same can be said for author J.K. Rowling who never in a million years believed that anyone would appreciate her incredible storytelling until her Harry Potter series became a smashing success.

4) They realize that sometimes failure is part of the process.

Everyone experiences failure from time to time. The sign of a truly successful woman is in how she handles those failures. Empowered women realize that growth comes from failure if they are able to take a step back and analyze the process. They ask themselves,” What went wrong and how can I improve things in the future?” Having the ability to handle failure with grace and dignity while problem-solving and growing their company is definitely a characteristic of highly successful women. This could explain the fact that women are starting businesses at 1.5 times the rate of men. Failure is not an option; it’s a learning experience.

5) They understand the importance of nurturing authentic relationships with others.

This is exactly what NAWRB is all about; creating an environment where women can come together to encourage, educate, and empower one another. It is of the utmost importance to have a tribe of women that can be relied upon and trusted in order to build one’s businesses on a solid foundation. When women ban together, network and pool their resources, and encourage one another in the process, they bring to the table something that is more valuable than gold. Highly successful women want to see other women succeed as well and are more than happy to contribute to that success in any way possible.

These top 5 characteristics of highly successful women represent just a fraction of what it takes to make it in the world of women’s small business.


Why joining the NAWRB movement matters?

Since August of 2010, NAWRB has been championing women in business, to bring more diversity and inclusion to the real estate industry through awareness, opportunities, and access.  

Through NAWRB we help women in real estate advance themselves toward meeting and exceeding their professional aspirations by educating, empowering, and connecting opportunities to their professional development and business success.

Join our elite group of women who strive to succeed personally and professionally with their businesses helping advance women forward regardless of the obstacles placed in front of them.


Interested in learning more?

We encourage you to explore our vast media and article library with an analysis of markets, legislation, and the latest industry trends. We provide interviews with the leaders in our industry and business and real estate moguls.

CEOs Face Pay Cuts If They Don’t Hire Women


The largest banks and insurers in the U.K., alongside top American banks and investment firms, have enrolled in a British government initiative designed to promote the appointment of women to leadership positions. In an effort to drive true accountability in the program, participating companies have additionally agreed to tie senior executive team bonuses to the hiring of women in executive roles.

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#WeAreWomen #WeAreStrong LA Sparks, Toni Moss NAWRB Conference Global Markets Expert




unnamed-2Face to face with AmeriCatalyst/EuroCatalyst CEO Toni Moss, one of the Housing Finance Ecosystem’s Globalization Experts

With changing global markets’ effect on the U.S. economy, it is vital for you to learn how to protect and elevate your business during this uncertain time.

unnamed-8Join the LA Sparks and ambassador #NAWRB on July 10, 2016 to sell out the Staples Center! #WeAreWomen and #WeAreStrong. Who will you show up for? See full event details below.


unnamed-6Save the Date July 10, 2016: NAWRB and the LA Sparks

On July 10, 2016 the LA Sparks with ambassador NAWRB will attempt to sell out the Staples Center! Last year the Los Angeles Sparks sold out the Staples Center for the first time in franchise history, showcasing stories of transcendent women and a campaign that illustrated the strength and importance of women leaders. We need to show that we not only support and advocate for women, but we are there when it counts. Join the LA Sparks and NAWRB in showing up for women!  Click Here to Finish Reading


unnamed-4What is the Future of U.S. Housing?

It is no secret that foreign buying activity in American real estate has been vigorous in recent years, with billions of foreign dollars rushing into the market. The diversification and protection of wealth is a major factor in these purchases, driven by calculated investment decisions and often coerced by unpredictable economies overseas. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that between April 2015 and March 2016, foreign buyers spent $102.6 billion on residential properties in the U.S. Despite this gargantuan figure, it is amazingly 1.3 percent lower in dollar volume from the previous year. Click Here to Finish Reading


unnamed-3Women Entrepreneurs of All Ages

With their growth and momentum, women entrepreneurs have the potential to secure parity-in all regards-in the American workplace. Starting businesses at 1.5 times the rate of men and having recently reached a historic achievement in women-owned small business federal contracting, women have the drive and stage; they need the opportunity. Click Here to Finish Reading



The Value of Women’s Organizations

Why join a women’s organization? One word: success. Businesswomen are creating higher-level success stories and it is in no small part a result of collective camaraderie and new tools like the NAWRB Women’s Global Database. Women are starting over 1,100 businesses a day and women-owned businesses grew by 27.5 percent from 2007 to 2012. This professional attainment has gained so much momentum that last year the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it met its annual lending authority threshold of $18.75 billion. The SBA also awarded 5.05 percent of all federal small business contracts totaling $17.8 billion to women-owned small businesses, surpassing their 5 percent goal. Click Here to Finish Reading



Upcoming Events

NAWRB’s work for women ranges from industry functions to sporting events. If it involves women’s advocacy and supporting the women’s movement, we are there. Join us to take part in making a better tomorrow for women!

July 10: NAWRB and the LA Sparks

July 19: ChallengeHER Opportunities for Women in Federal Contracting

July 21: Growing Your Business with Strategic Alliances

August 30-31: NAWRB Annual Conference and Gala

October 30-November 1: AmeriCatalyst 2016: FAST FORWARD

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