NAWRB Adds Three New Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council Members

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The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) is proud to announce their newest Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) members Min Alexander, Senior Vice President of Real Estate Services, Altisource; Tami Bonnell, CEO, EXIT Realty Corp. International; and Melanie Gass, Senior Partner Channel Marketing Manager SMB&D, US SMB Business Development, Microsoft.
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United State of Women Summit: Making Historic Change for Women

The United State of Women Summit, a groundbreaking event for women and supporters of the women’s movement hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, is taking place today, Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Summit will unite 5,000 leaders to discuss recent achievements in gender parity and recognize the inequalities that continue burdening women today.

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Rebecca Steele (formerly Mairone) Found Innocent in 2008 Financial Crisis

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You would be hard-pressed to find a person who was not affected by the 2008 Housing Bubble. Millions of Americans watched their homes and life savings fall through their fingers, able to do nothing about it. With its rising mortgages, fluctuating home values and rampant foreclosures, the housing crisis stemmed from a long line of erroneous financial circumstances and was the leading cause of the 2007 American recession.

Despite the fact that the housing bubble’s causers and causes are vast and various-from mortgage bankers, underwriters, low short-term interest rates, negligent mortgage guidelines, investment banks and even homebuyers themselves-only one individual was found liable for their part in the 2008 financial crisis. Rebecca Steele.

Steele’s indictment was set in motion with the federal government’s case against Bank of America’s Countrywide for their issuance of unstable mortgages prior to the financial crisis; the accusation came with an additional $1.27 billion penalty for Bank of America. Edward O’Donnell, the whistleblower who received $57 million for his role in exposing the case, and was expected to earn an additional $1.6 million reward upon the case’s conclusion, pointed the finger at Steele, the only woman in senior management at Countrywide.

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NAWRB Launches Women’s Global Resource Center

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The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) is proud to present the NAWRB Women’s Global Resource Center. The NAWRB Women’s Global Resource Center provides a women’s depository for vendors and clients to grow their diverse spend and increase women’s employment at all levels.

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SBA Selects Desiree Patno, NAWRB CEO – 2016 Women in Business Champion of the Year

Santa Ana, CA, April 27, 2016 — The U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office has selected Desirée Patno, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB), as the 2016 Women in Business Champion of the Year Award. Patno was nominated for the award by Shideh Balali, Director of Strategic Partnerships, NAWRB, in recognition of her leadership and efforts in addressing and raising awareness about women and women-owned businesses in the real estate industry.

Desirée Patno is the founder of the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). Through NAWRB, she advocates for the increased utilization of women-owned businesses and mentors female entrepreneurs for future successful business ownership.
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Announcing NAWRB’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) Chairwoman

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IRVINE, CA – The NAWRB Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) is proud to announce Rebecca Steele as our newly appointed chairwoman.

Steele is the Founder and CEO of Steele Advisory and Services, LLC. and brings with her over 20 years as a financial industry expert working with the nation’s largest banks.

As a woman with experience in executive decision-making roles, Steele is uniquely aware of the challenges women face in the C-suites of America; as the only American mortgage lender executive found civilly liable for her role in the 2007 housing crisis, which is now under the Federal Appeal process, she is familiar with the inequality working women endure, and continues to fight for truth and justice.
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NAWRB Receives Approval as Freddie Mac HomeSteps Diversity Supplier

The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) today announced it has been approved as a Freddie Mac HomeSteps Diversity Supplier. HomeSteps is the REO Sales division of Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC), one of the nation’s largest sources of residential mortgage credit.

Irvine, CA, December 23, 2015 — The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) today announced it has been approved as a Freddie Mac HomeSteps Diversity Supplier. HomeSteps is the REO Sales division of Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC), one of the nation’s largest sources of residential mortgage credit.

“Becoming a HomeSteps Diversity Supplier will help strengthen one of NAWRB’s missions to advocate and promote women and women-owned businesses throughout the housing industry. As a 20-year Freddie Mac Broker veteran, today’s announcement fulfills a longtime vision and passion of mine to work with Freddie Mac’s HomeSteps Division,” stated Desiree Patno, CEO and Founder of NAWRB.

“HomeSteps is committed to working with minority and women real estate professionals. Over the past 22 years the HomeSteps Diversity Supplier initiative has awarded millions of dollars in contracts to qualified diverse vendors who maintain high-quality standards, place a premium on customer service and are cost competitive,” said Sharon Bartlett, Director of REO Vendor Services and Operations Support at HomeSteps.

In a related development, NAWRB formed a Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) in October 2015. The new council is dedicated to bringing women to the forefront of the housing economy with accountability and results.

“Having more women in C-suite positions helps create opportunities for mentorship and support systems for the next generation of women to rise through the ranks. I believe our new relationship with HomeSteps will increase our momentum in advancing diversity and inclusion throughout our industry,” Patno said.

NAWRB Receives Approval As Freddie Mac Homesteps Diversity Supplier

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NAWRB is dedicated to providing women the tools and opportunities for economic growth and expansion, while advocating and promoting women-owned businesses in housing. 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 Brings Women To The Forefront Of The Historic Diversity And Inclusion Movement

IRVINE, CA – Last month, the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) held its 2nd Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA seeking newfound ways of connecting resources and sharing best practices across women’s platforms while bringing women’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) to the forefront of the housing continuum. “As a leader through this exciting and historic D&I movement, our primary focus is bringing women to the forefront with accountability and results. Through our Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council, we are championing all financial institutions, servicing companies, secondary mortgage

“As a leader through this exciting and historic D&I movement, our primary focus is bringing women to the forefront with accountability and results. Through our Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council, we are championing all financial institutions, servicing companies, secondary mortgage markets and associated real estate services to increase their D&I efforts especially for women. As women don’t have geographical roots like their minority counterparts, we are spread thin across several platforms and are even skeptical of one another. As a collaborative community, women must support women in their respective industries and ultimately they will secure sustainable growth,” stated Desirée Patno, CEO of NAWRB. From the keynote opening remarks by the SBA’s Yvonne Lee, to the directors

From the keynote opening remarks by the SBA’s Yvonne Lee, to the directors for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) at the CFPB, FDIC and FHFA, and a TRID update from the CFPB’s Laurie Maggiano, NAWRB unites leaders across several government agencies with the private sector to grow and support opportunities for women in housing.

Women’s inclusion in upper management is pivotal to the success of the D&I movement. Attendees gained valuable insight as over 82 percent of the speakers were women in executive roles. Rebecca Steele, a former Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase and SVP National Servicing Executive at Bank of America, spoke about her experience forging a path for women to climb the corporate ladder and emphasized the importance of women supporting women.

NAWRB Brings Women To The Forefront Of The Historic Diversity And Inclusion Movement

NAWRB Welcomes New Member, Patty Arvielo, President Of New American Funding

Irvine, CA – 01/5/2015 – Patty Arvielo, President of New American Funding, has become one of the latest members of the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB), adding to NAWRB’s collective voice for women in the housing economy.

With over 30 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Arvielo has been instrumental in the creation and management of New American Funding and has played a vital role as an advocate for women in the real estate community. Her expertise has contributed to the rapid growth of New American Funding and has led to her inclusion in Housing Wire’s 2014 Influential Women in Housing list. Arvielo continues to build experience through her positions on multiple committees including the Mortgage Bankers Association Risk Management Committee, MBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Freddie Mac Community Lender Advisory Board.

“I believe that the advancement of women in the housing economy is incredibly important. One of my personal objectives going into the New Year is to help empower women to rise up in the workplace and become strong leaders in their organization. I joined NAWRB to help support its mission and to advocate for real estate women empowerment,” said Arvielo.

A speaker for the NAWRB Inaugural Conference and recipient of the NAWRB Roaring Twenty Award, Arvielo has shown strong support for the association since before her membership.

“Arvielo is someone that will be essential in our organization as a dynamic innovator and voice for women,” said Desiree Patno, CEO and Founder of NAWRB. “We are building relationships that are lifelines, ensuring women have a seat at the table and greater opportunities for women-owned businesses.”

NAWRB Welcomes New Member, Patty Arvielo, President Of New American Funding