4th Annual NAWRB Conference

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Scores of executive women and industry leaders came together for women’s economic growth, million-dollar contracting opportunities and invaluable resources at the 2017 NAWRB Nexus Conference: Women’s Collaboration for the Future. From July 16th-19th, 2017, NAWRB’s expert panelists equipped attendees with actionable solutions and specialized forecasts, providing a comprehensive inside look at the near future of the housing ecosystem.

The excitement was palpable as attendees filtered into the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa and settled into their seats next to future strategic partners and collaborators. Desirée Patno, NAWRB CEO and President, kick-started the event by recognizing the hard work that went into making the conference possible and the professionals who made time in their busy schedules to be a part of the diversity and inclusion (D&I) movement.

The Investment Opportunities: Access to Capital Facilitator workshop commenced sessions with Robert Fragoso, Realtor, CEO, Investor, who with over 28 years of experience in real estate investing and flipping homes described the importance of recognizing industry trends when making investments that will maintain profitability in the future.

“I came with the intent to share some of my experiences and knowledge—having been a part of so many homes that have been flipped—and what I see in the marketplace,” stated Fragoso. “Not necessarily what’s going on today, because that’s ever-evolving, but to have attendees learn how to spot the changes and the next opportunity so that they can be not just following the trend, they’re essentially the trendsetter.”

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Contracting Opportunities: Historically-Defining Moment

Contracting Opportunities: Historically-Defining Moment

Contracting Opportunities: Historically-Defining Moment

Hear from Ann Krishnan, Vice President and Senior Partner, CAK International, LLC, and winner of a Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) worth $10 billion, share what it means to her to attend the 2017 NAWRB Nexus Conference.

LIVE Updates: 2017 NAWRB Conference – Power Lunch: Women’s Trade Associations, Collaboration for the Future


In our second power luncheon at the NAWRB Nexus Conference, Marcia Davies, COO, MBA mPower moderated an inspirational discussion about women’s collaboration with Lynn Bunim, Director, Membership & Special Products, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP); Lorena Fimbres, VP & Chief Business Development Officer, StemConnector/Million Women Mentors; Valerie Torelli, Torelli Realty, CEO & Board Member, Women’s President Organization (WPO); Desiree Patno, Leadership Advisory Board Enterprising Women & CEO of NAWRB; and Loreen Gilbert, President, WealthWise Financial Services, National Board Member, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

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LIVE Updates: 2017 NAWRB Conference – Economic Forecasts: Women in Finance; Women in Real Estate; Women’s Homeownership


In our second session of the day, Toni Moss, CEO of AmeriCatalyst LLC, moderated a discussion on the economic forecast for women in the housing ecosystem with special guests Marcia Davies, COO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and Tami Bonnell, CEO of Exit Realty.

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LIVE Updates: 2017 NAWRB Conference-Small Business Sustainability Care Package


In this session moderated by Desiree Patno, CEO & President of NAWRB, panelists Michelle Hollis, Director, 6th Street Consulting; Laura Hartsgrove Baker, Sales Director, Herbert H. Landy’s Insurance Agency; and John Moon, District Manager, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco gave their unique insights into the four main pillars of NAWRB’s Small Business Sustainability Care Package, including: cybersecurity, insurance with crime prevention and employee dishonesty riders, vetting financial institutions, and payroll alert/assistance.

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LIVE Updates: 2017 NAWRB Conference – Economic Forecasts for Women’s Homeownership & Business

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Our second session of Day 3 continued with Toni Moss, AmeriCatalyst, LLC CEO and Logan Mohtashami, Senior Lending Manager, AMC Lending Group & Housing Data Analyst, providing economic forecasts and abundant food for thought on the future of homeownership and professional growth in the American economy.

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LIVE Updates: 2017 NAWRB Conference – Women’s Homeownership, Fastest-Growing Segment!

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NAWRB wrapped up its last session of the day before the 2017 Roaring Thirty Awards Gala, Women’s Homeownership, Fastest-Growing Segment, by communicating the value of women as a home buying market and providing personal accounts from women who turned their homeownership dreams into reality.

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LIVE Updates: 2017 NAWRB Conference- Women’s Poverty and the Housing Ecosystem

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Zeeda Daniele, Community Lending and Strategic Partnerships National Manager, New American Funding, moderated a powerful and engaging session on “Women’s Poverty and the Housing Ecosystem” with special guests Deborah Canady, Enterprise Partnership Manager, EarnUp; Silvia Rathell, CEO, Rathell Enterprises; and Sandra Speed, Regional Diverse Segments Manager, Wells Fargo.

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LIVE Updates: 2017 NAWRB Conference- NAWRB Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) Member Power Luncheon


At the NAWRB Nexus Conference Power Luncheon, attendees gathered before our executive women panel- Tami Bonnell, CEO, Exit Realty; Cheryl Travis-Johnson, COO, VRM Mortgage Services; Toni Moss, CEO, AmeriCatalyst, LLC; Stacey Walker, Director, Housing Outreach Affordable Lending and Access to Credit Single Family Business, Freddie Mac; and Desiree Patno, President & CEO, NAWRB- as they shared their insights on the status of C-suite women, personal development, and connecting Millennials to the housing ecosystem.

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