Desiree Patno


“Unlike their minority counterparts, women do not have geographical roots. As a result, women lack strong cultural support from one another. Join us in strengthening the women’s culture and growing the largest global resource center for women in the housing ecosystem.”

NAWRB is a leading voice for women in the housing ecosystem. NAWRB is dedicated to providing women the tools and opportunities for economic growth and expansion, while advocating and promoting women-owned businesses. NAWRB is the only third-party industry-specific certifier of Women-Owned Businesses (WOB) and Minority Women-Owned Businesses (MWOB) in the housing economy.

NAWRB provides a unique platform for uniting Women in Housing and Women in Government including educational training on contracting opportunities both government and private, to expand our members’ business growth.

NAWRB empowers women in our advocacy relationships with the Office(s) of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE), the Small Business Administration (SBA), the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) and other organizations. Since August of 2010, NAWRB has been championing the OMWIs, to bring more diversity and inclusion to our industry with their awareness, opportunities and access.

Specializing in the Housing Ecosystem, our trademark, SHE is Changing Real Estate®


Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is a leading voice for women. With the assistance of our Women’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC), NAWRB is advancing gender equality, raising the utilization of women-owned businesses and providing women the tools and opportunities for economic expansion and growth. By increasing women’s homeownership, we leverage the entrepreneurial strength of women and help bring women’s poverty to the forefront.

With our Women’s Homeownership Initiative (WHI), NAWRB is focused on increasing women’s homeownership and raising awareness of women’s poverty levels.

The NAWRB Women’s Global Resource Center (NWGRC), provides a free women’s depository to connect vendors and clients at all employment levels and increase diverse spend.

NAWRB’s advocacy is fueled by our passion to help women in the housing ecosystem achieve success with gender equality.


Five Initiatives

Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC):

Dedicated to raising the number of C-suite women and growing women’s employment at all levels in the housing ecosystem. Our Council, comprised of senior executive women, works diligently toward gender equality and obtaining equal opportunity for women in boardrooms and C-suites across America.  

Women’s Global Resource Center (NWGRC):

Providing a women’s depository for vendors and clients to grow their diverse spend and increase women’s employment at all levels. NAWRB contributed greatly to the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program which recently awarded a record-breaking 5.05 percent or $17.8 billion of federal small business contracts to women-owned small businesses. 

Women’s Homeownership:

Committed to increasing women’s homeownership and raising awareness of women’s poverty levels across America. In the U.S., 29 percent of families headed by women with no husband present live below the poverty level. Of these households, 39.2 percent have children below 18 years and 43.9 percent have children under five.

Small Business Sustainability Care Package:

Providing small business owners with guiding principles for long-term success, our package advises small businesses to be meticulous in everything from vetting their financial institutions to establishing excellent cybersecurity.

Strategic Partnership & Mentoring Programs for Women:

Giving women a voice and guidance in the competitive workplace. By increasing the presence of
women’s mentorship programs and our strategic partnerships, we are helping ensure women have
the opportunities necessary for future success.