The NAWRB Certified Delegate Program is accepting applications from women leaders bringing their expertise to the housing ecosystem.

Industry veterans specializing in the housing ecosystem will bring laser focus to women’s economic issues with one, unified voice. The nature of the program will perpetuate nationwide collaboration to mitigate gender-based imbalances in the workforce and increase small business sustainability, especially women-owned.

By increasing the presence of executive women speakers in government, public and private forums, NAWRB is strengthening and expanding a national platform for women’s economic growth, while leveraging women’s expertise and leadership within their local communities.

“We are thrilled to announce our new Certified Delegate Spokeswoman Program,” stated Desirée Patno, NAWRB CEO and President. “We have been working hard to stabilize the seas in the advancement of gender equality, to work smarter and bring women’s issues to the forefront with accountability and results. As our spokeswomen give back and mentor other women, they are paving the way for future generations to succeed.”

Leverage your skills as a leader and influencer in the women’s movement. Become a NAWRB Certified Delegate Spokeswoman today!

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Current NAWRB Certified Delegates

Angie Weeks
Realtor, Metro Estates

Angie specializes in Orange County home sales. She also specializes in drone pictures, staging, marketing, and the best photographers to get listings sold for top dollar. Angie is always serving sellers, first-time buyers, move-up buyers, AirBnB investors, & flippers with a smile. The AskAngie Team provides first-class service to everyone using the latest in technology and has created a one-of-a-kind homebuying wedding registry, Vow2save.

Angie is a graduate of Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, D.C., a graduate of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, as well as a graduate from the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coaching Graduate Certificate Program. She holds several designations from the National Association of Realtors including the following: Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified New Home Specialist (CNHS) and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). She recently became certified as a Delegate Spokeswoman with Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB).

Decided at 10 years old I didn’t want to be dependent on anyone when I watched my mom get divorced… and have to move to a trailer home and work at Burger King.

Always had a midwestern work ethic. Had a paper route by age 12, and averaged 3 jobs at a time while in High School juggling with cheerleading and student leadership.

I graduated top 10% of my class, was Senior Class President, and was in the National Honor Society. I was accepted into Michigan State but my mom would not co-sign for the loan for me to attend, so I went to Macomb Community College on a scholarship, and then headed to California. I had $400 and my car when I left.

I did not want to start my life off in debt, and I had heard CA offered quality education at reasonable rates. While I was waiting for my residency in 1997, I was evicted from my apartment for having a bully breed dog. Rather than getting rid of my pup, this challenge led me into homeownership at age 19, where I purchased a 3 bedroom townhome in Laguna Hills and lived with 3-5 roommates at any given time so I could afford the payments.

I attended Golden West & Saddleback College, where I got graphic design and technical knowledge. I was also hired at a startup company Advanced Access that did websites for Realtors, and I grew with that company into management. I managed customer service, trained new hires, and educated on Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

When that company denied my 3-week request for time off to get married, I knew it was time for a change. One of my clients had been trying to recruit me into real estate, so I decided that a flexible schedule was what I needed. I took a pay cut to go work Metro Estates front desk and get my real estate license. My broker allowed me to start my own Internet Marketing company, and I sold SEO to his agents on the side for additional income. This is how Cal Coast Web Design was born.

I learned the real estate ropes, built my company, and helped to make other businesses wildly successful in the search engines. I regularly attended the annual Search Engine Strategies convention and stayed up-to-date with the ever-changing technology of SEO.

We fell upon hard times in 2007 with a bridge loan, so I learned all about the foreclosure process from real-life experience. I almost lost my main home 3x but was blessed to receive a 300K principal reduction and loan modification in 2012 after my divorce was finalized.

I was the Chair of Young Professionals Network in 2012, and used that leadership position to create an annual event with Chapman University called Homeownership Day. Still runs yearly and helps educate consumers how to safely buy, sell and invest in real estate.

It was about 2013 when I realized that working my Internet Marketing business was about as profitable as owning property, but it was 10x as difficult. I began working real estate full time and became a silent partner in Cal Coast.

I created a down payment crowdfunding platform with my tech background and real estate passion called Vow2Save, and began enhancing this to build a residual income for myself while helping the underdog into homeownership.

I continued my real estate education with my Green designation, Certified International Property Specialist designation, Real Estate Specialist – Divorce designation, and Short Sale Foreclosure Resource certification.

I began rebuilding my portfolio in 2016 with a purchase of a 2nd home in Santa Ana. I accidentally fell into renting out that home on AirBnB, to discover the major benefits of vacation rentals, and have been focusing on those the last few years. is the vision for our vacation rentals, and we are theming them towards art and wellness. Eventually each property will have an art studio, sensory deprivation tank, and therapeutic art class options.

I now have 3 homes (2 in CA one in MI) and love to teach people how to build wealth the easy way, through homeownership.

Laura Harbison
Broker/Owner Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

Laura grew up in a military family, where moving wasn’t an “if”, it was a “when”! Having worked in the residential real estate market since 1986, Laura has been involved in over 6800 successful real estate transactions and holds many industry-specific designations and certifications. She and her husband John reside in Henderson, Nevada, and have 7 amazing children. Laura owns and manages a Realty Executives franchise office with 14 agents and employees, and is the top producing agent worldwide for Realty Executives International.

To learn more about Laura’s journey as a leading woman, click here!

Laura Dietz
Broker/Owner/Auctioneer Merlin Enterprises Inc/Summit Realty

I would love to tell you years ago while sitting in my college classroom, I dreamt of becoming a real estate professional, but that would not be true. I could go with a resume of my life, but this would be a novel, so I will start with the day my real estate journey began.

January 17, 1994, 4:30 AM, a day etched in my memory forever. The Northridge earthquake claimed my home, knocking it off the foundation. Three days later, my husband of many years died. Reality set in like the jolt of the earthquake. I was now alone, my home destroyed, and I am the sole support of myself.

In my previous life, I enjoyed, involvement in the Motion Picture Industry and in my spare time, working with several charities. event planning, fundraising, and finding real estate to purchase was second nature for me. I decided I loved working with people, helping others, and venturing into a new industry would be stimulating and very rewarding. I set my mind to a career in real estate.

Upon obtaining my real estate license, I joined a national/international real estate company. That worked well for five years. Then it dawned on me that I was giving several thousand dollars a year to a broker that could be going into my pocket. I obtained my broker’s license and created Merlin Enterprises, named after my rescued Arabian horse. Throughout the next few years, Merlin Enterprises grew and specialized in residential, commercial, REO’s, and government contracts. I spent numerous hours servicing my clients as well as attending conferences, conventions, and networking. I created a name for myself and a following in the industry.

While attending an out-of-state conference, I was approached by a real estate auctioneer. He offered me the opportunity to add real estate auction services to my already booming real estate business. I jumped at the chance. Merlin Enterprises now offered California a new real estate auction company. My business was thriving, 13 scheduled auctions and my auctioneer develops a case of homesickness and announces he needs to go back to his home state. I enrolled myself at the American School of Auctioneering and, upon completion of the courses, became the first woman certified real estate auctioneer in California at that time. I soon decided to distinguish my real estate business from my auction business and created a women-owned business specializing in real estate. Summit Realty was born.

Summit Realty presently has four offices in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. I am as passionate about real estate today as I was 26 years ago. Working with people to fulfill their dreams of homeownership, coupled with helping fellow agents by sharing my knowledge and experience plus continuing my education in an ever-changing industry, fills my days with gratitude and satisfaction. I would be remiss in not mentioning there are those days of frustration as well, but I still find time to go back to my roots and be hands-on involved with my charities, even serving on the board of directors of Former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland’s Warrior Dog Foundation.

To learn more about Laura’s journey as a leading woman, click here!

Brandy Nelson
Team Leader of Nelson McNew Associates

As the team leader of Nelson McNew Associates Brandy Nelson is a Broker Associate with Windermere Homes & Estates and Windermere Commercial.  As a consistent Top Producer Brandy’s business consists of residential real estate, bank owned properties, commercial sales, and commercial leases.  Successfully selling over 1800 transactions since licensed in 2005.  Brandy has earned the distinctive titles of Executive Premier Director for Reo and Foreclosures as well as the Executive Director for Commercial Properties and the Premier Director of Premier Properties Luxury Division.  With diversified clients including corporations, financial institutions, distressed sellers, and motivated buyers and seller’s Brandy and her dynamic team are able to provide solutions to difficult situations.  Brandy has earned a high level of recognition over the years including serving on NAWRB, NAHREP board, REOBROKER, Women Council of Realtor’s board, Young Professional Board, and being in the National Top 50 for the number of real estate closed transactions.

To learn more about Brandy’s journey as a leading woman, click here!