Beyond Abuse: Finding Our Voice on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

It started with a phone call from Capital One Financial Corporation on January 14th, 2016. “Ms. Patno, are you the sole owner of Desiree Patno Enterprises, Inc.?”

That simple call was how I found out that my husband’s accountant had been dispersing my unsigned business checks illegally, with some going into her personal accounts and several others paying her bills directly.

I was (and still am) angry that not only my trust was betrayed, but after years of hard work and developing a reputation as a successful businesswoman in the housing and real estate sector, I was, to put it quite simply, duped.

How could this happen to me? And if this could happen to me, in my mid-fifties, plugged into and engaged fully in my businesses, what happens to women older than me, with fewer resources at their fingertips and perhaps cognitive issues?

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Celebrities Join Project Empowering Underprivileged Youth through Real Estate

This past weekend celebrities and experienced business professionals, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, skipped the Oscars to give their support to Project Destined—a program that empowers inner city youth through financial literacy in real estate and provides them opportunities to have shares in properties to support their college education.

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High School Completion Rate Rises to Highest in U.S. History

According to new Educational Attainment data released today by the Census Bureau, the high school completion rate in the U.S. has reached its highest level in history. Today, 90 percent of the U.S. population age 25 and older has completed high school. These figures represent significant shift from 1940 when 76 percent of the population age 25 and older had not earned a high school diploma.

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Affordable Housing for Teachers in Expensive Cities

Recently, NAWRB published an article addressing the scenario of a professional, in our case a teacher named Rachel, working in a city she could not afford to live in, and the consequences of this situation on her life. The city of San Francisco—home to one of the most expensive housing markets in the country—is taking steps to resolve this problem.

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Six of the 10 Lowest-Paying College Majors are Female-Dominated

A new study from Glassdoor, The Pipeline Problem: How College Majors Contribute to the Gender Pay Gap, takes a look at the role of education in the lack of pay parity between men and women. While approximately 20 percent of the pay gap is accounted for by situations in which women earn less despite having equal experience in the same role at the same company, the gap also results from differences in industry and education.

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Introducing Women’s Homeownership Series: Rachel

 

The NAWRB Women’s Homeownership Series is a series of fictional articles profiling the obstacles women encounter in their personal and professional lives. From homeownership to career advancement, these articles are designed to shed light on the unprecedented difficulties women face when attempting to create better lives.

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Community College is Now Free in San Francisco

 

The City College of San Francisco—a two-year public community college—is expected to offer San Francisco residents free tuition beginning Fall 2017. This incredible success for public education would make San Francisco the first city in the United States to provide free community college to its residents regardless of income.

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