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“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

Goodbye Sweet Spade: Remembering the Influential Style of Kate Spade

Today we are saddened to find out that the influential designer Kate Spade was found dead. For someone known for an elegance associated with brightness and a certain smart yet playful style- it’s painful to think of such a voice being extinguished.

Kansas City, Missouri native Spade, who recently legally changed her name to Kate Valentine was an answer to an unspoken sartorial prayer: smart, put-together clothing with a quirky flair. Distinguished while not shying away from femininity, Kate helped women in the 1990s and early 2000s realize that to be taken seriously in the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have massive shoulder pads, dress like a man, or wear uncomfortable heels.

It really started with a handbag. The quest for an attractive yet practical tote, often a woman’s rolling office, medicine cabinet, and make-up bag, was the driving force behind the start of her eponymous brand.

She grew Kate Spade into what we would call today a fully fledged lifestyle brand: including a home and jewellery line.  In the process she became much more than a designer: she became a woman to admire for her unique blend of tastemaking and business acumen. Not unlike a Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch or Donna Karan.

As recently as 2015 she was named amongst Creative People in Business by Fast Company and inducted into the University of Missouri-Kansas City Hall of Entrepreneur Hall of Fame this past year.

She was someone to look up to and will be dearly missed. Our condolences go out to her family and everyone whose lives she touched.

Women Leaders at the Front of the Line – NDILC in the News

Women Leaders at the Front of the Line – NDILC in the News

The NDILC are dedicated to helping raise the number of C-suite women and grow women’s employment at all levels in the housing ecosystem. Read below to find out how our council members are making a difference for women, local communities and the world at large.

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Women’s History Month: March 2018

The month of March marks National Women’s History Month, dedicated to celebrating the contributions of women throughout history and in present society. Congress first established National Women’s History Week in 1981, until it was expanded to the entire month six years later. The roots of this celebration stem back to women’s protests in New York City factories in 1857 and the first Women’s Day Celebration in 1909. Every year, Congress passes a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president issues a proclamation.

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Desirée Patno Speaking at NAR Expo, The Value and Power of Women’s Homeownership Panel, November 4, 2017, 11 AM-12 PM

The National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo: The Sky’s the Limit, November 3-6, 2017, will ignite Chicago with an expected 20,000 attendees and four days of educational sessions, recognized speakers and unlimited networking opportunities. With a trade show floor featuring over 400 exhibitors, the event will focus on helping attendees elevate their business and careers to new heights.

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The Difference in Men and Women’s Views on Gender Diversity

Men and women have different standards when it comes to gender diversity, according to the 2017 installment of Women in the Workplace from McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.org—a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The report features pipeline data and human resource information from 222 companies employing over 12 million workers, including more than 70,000 responses to a survey exploring experiences relating to gender, opportunity, career and work-life issues.

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Desirée Patno Speaking at NAR Expo, The Importance of Diversity Classification Panel, November 3, 2017, 2-3 PM

The National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo: The Sky’s the Limit, November 3-6, 2017, will ignite Chicago with an expected 20,000 attendees and four days of educational sessions, recognized speakers and unlimited networking opportunities. With a trade show floor featuring over 400 exhibitors, the event will focus on helping attendees elevate their business and careers to new heights.

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NAWRB Adds Jane Campbell, WIPP President, to Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council

The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) is proud to announce new Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) Member Jane Campbell, Director of the Washington, D.C. office of the National Development Council (NDC) and President of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP).

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NAWRB Magazine Release: sheCENTER(FOLD) Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty Corp. International

NAWRB is proud to announce the release of NAWRB Magazine’s Volume 6, Issue 3, Small Business Sustainability, highlighting the foremost housing ecosystem issues alongside central tools supporting the survival of women-owned and small businesses.

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Happy International Day of the Girl!

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl in order to “help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” The observance is viewed as a day of action, a 100 percent youth-led movement working toward gender equality and the advancement of women’s rights.

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