Walking On The Glass Floor by Judy Hoberman

Think about this…you’ve worked hard to get where you are. You are respected by your colleagues and maybe even envied by your friends. You have a great reputation and are known for your integrity, honesty and intelligence plus a whole lot more…and yet, deep down inside you have that “feeling” that sometimes you are…for lack of a better term, an imposter. You are putting on a great front on the outside and inside you have that internal conflict… am I enough? I’ve interviewed enough women to know that this is one of the missing pieces in the puzzle of leadership. This takes courage, and that it one of the seven unexpected qualities of women who lead.

It’s funny when the word leadership is mentioned, everyone thinks of the CEO of a large company with hundreds of people that you are responsible for. You can be a leader of 100, 10 or…even simply yourself. Leadership is about you and me and who we are in this position, and who we can be. Whether you are moving out of a dorm room or moving into an executive suite, you are already a leader. The goal is not to just invite you to be in that position, but to stay and let the magic happen.

Every day there is another woman who is standing out in her field, and making things happen, change, transform and create a better future of opportunities for the women coming through the ranks. The amazing part is that these women are younger and younger and have tools available to them that the women we call trailblazers didn’t have. They have platforms to speak on and mentors to question and yes, they are making a difference in our everyday lives. They are the future of women in leadership and their confidence in knowing that is something we admire.

There are seven qualities of leadership that I direct my readers, clients and colleagues to. You will likely recognize that many, if not all, are part of who you are. You may have pushed them down so they need some polish to put the shine back on and bring them up to the surface. We are reminded to find our voices, get a seat at the table, learn to negotiate and to support other women. Yes to all of those qualities, and let’s go one step further…or seven to be exact. Here are those qualities that just might be your hidden gems:
1. Passion
2. Authenticity
3. Courage
4. Communication
5. Decisiveness
6. Resilience
7. Generosity

Consider this your invitation to reconnect with these seven “unexpected” essential leadership qualities. As my tagline reminds us, “Women Want To Be Treated Equally Not Identically”™, let’s bring women onto the glass floor and not only walk, but dance together and create a movement to the future of women in leadership. In addition, we have created a non-profit foundation by the same name, where we will donate a portion of the proceeds of every book sold to companies, associations, charities, social causes and scholarships and plan to start a movement about women in leadership.
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mPower Event at 2018 NAWRB Conference Features First-Ever Male Panelist

mPower will host a leadership panel at the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference on July, 29th in Chicago, IL from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM! This special mPower event will feature discussion about workplace disruptors with both women and men industry experts.This will be the first time a male leader in the real estate finance industry will join an mPower panel—the start of a continued effort by mPower to include more male participants in these important discussions about gender equality!

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NDILC Member & Trailblazer Awardee Tami Bonnell Speaking at WomanUP!

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is thrilled to share that Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty Corp. International, Member of the NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council, and The Trailblazer Awardee of the 2018 NAWRB Roaring Thirty Awards, will be a featured speaker at the WomanUP! Conference held June 28th-29th at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles, CA.

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NAWRB Writes Supporting Letter for California Bill SB 826

June 21, 2018

The Hon. Monique Limon
Chair, Banking and Finance Committee
California State Assembly
State Capitol, Sacramento, CA

Dear Hon. Monique Limon,

This letter expresses the support of Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) for the passing of SB 826, “Women on Corporate Boards.” Having diverse members on corporate boards is not only an ethical decision—it’s good for business. Credit Suisse research demonstrated that companies are more profitable and more productive when they have at least three women directors on their boards, especially in return on equity and stock performance.

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Single Mothers at the Border: A Crisis with Lasting Impact

As we think of the recent crisis at the South Texas border with children separated from their parents, first and foremost, the policy’s immediate impact comes to mind.  A child’s primary bond is with his or her parent. To anyone who understands that bond no analysis is needed to comprehend negative implications.

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Settling Up in Cincinnati, a Top City for Single Women Homebuyers

June is National Homeownership Month. This article is part of an ongoing series focusing on different aspects of women’s homeownership.

 

Single Women Outpace Men in Homeownership

 

In our 2018 Women in the Housing and Ecosystem Report, we found women have outpaced single men in homeownership consistently since 1986. This trend has most likely sustained because the reasons women seek homeownership are powerful, both from an economic and an emotional standpoint.

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Congratulations to the 2018 NAWRB Roaring Thirty Awardees

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) present to you the 2018 NAWRB Roaring Thirty Awardees! Join us in honoring these incredible women at our Roaring Thirty Awards Gala on July 30th, 2018 in Chicago, IL during the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women.” Sponsored by U.S. Bank, NAWRB’s Roaring Thirty Awards Gala will be emceed by Lenny McNeill, SVP and Managing Director of National Strategic Markets and Specialized Sales.

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Power-up Your Policymaking

How to turn your passion into action from boosting your local engagement or running for office

“This woman’s place is in the House-the House of Representatives”-Bella Abzug

It’s no new news that although we comprise a little over half the human population, women are severely underrepresented in both politics and business. Although great strides have been made and new fissures and cracks appear every day in that storied glass ceiling, for the busy everyday woman, moving from awareness to engagement can seem daunting. Continue reading

White House Nominates Kathy Kraninger for CFPB Director

The White House has recently announced that it will nominate Kathy Kraninger, currently an official from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), for Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). If her appointment is approved by the Senate, Kraninger will take over for Acting Director Mick Mulvaney, whose term as consumer watchdog ends on June 22nd.

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One Tough Mother: How Single Mothers are Defining the Homebuying Process

June is National Homeownership Month. This article is part of an ongoing series focusing on aspects of women’s homeownership.

“Despite the stereotypes that insist women care more about marriage than men do, it may actually be the single life that women embrace more than men,” says Professor Bella DePaulo, social scientist, author, and expert on elective single life, going on to say that unmarried women may be likelier than men to create a lifestyle around singledom.
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