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.

She is Superpower: Women’s Pathways to Success Event

Join NAWRB and circles of influencers for half-day event in Dallas, Texas at Service First Mortgage on Thursday, May 24th, from 12 PM to 4 PM, CST. Attendees will explore unique opportunities for personal, professional, and economic growth, and discover strategies to create and increase balance, wealth, health, confidence, and homeownership.

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Amazon Will Include Women and Minorities in Board Search

Amazon recently announced a pledge to include women and minorities candidates for board positions to address the company’s lack of diversity—with only three female board members out of 10 total. The change is a response to shareholder complaints, after Amazon’s board of directors initially rejected suggested policy changes to its board nomination process.

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NAWRB sheCall: Up Your Public Speaking Game & Networking Skills

Join us on our next sheCall on Wednesday, May 9th, 8:30 AM PST. Anne Freedman, Founder & CEO of SpeakOut, will be featured and interviewed on our NAWRB sheCall: Up Your Public Speaking Game & Networking Skills to Attract New Business & Opportunities! Call-in Number is 949-209-6642.

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Teresa Palacios Smith Joins NAWRB Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council

Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) announces the addition of Teresa Palacios Smith, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, HSF Affiliates LLC, to its Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC). The Council, founded in 2015, helps raise the number of C-suite women, increase women’s employment at all levels and advance women’s economic growth across the housing and real estate ecosystem.

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Just Released: NAWRB Magazine sheCENTER(FOLD) Gina Diez Barroso, President & CEO, Grupo Diarq

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) proudly announces the release of Volume 7, Issue 1, Women’s Economic Growth, presenting current issues women face in their professional and personal lives, from gender imbalances in the workplace, changing dynamics in the industry and the struggle to maintain a work-life balance. As our sheCENTER(FOLD), we have the privilege of showcasing Gina Diez Barroso, President and CEO, Grupo Diarq; Founder, Fundación Pro-Educación Centro and Fundación Diarq; and Chairman, Dalia Empower.

Diez Barroso, the founder of Mexico City’s first and top-ranked university specializing in creative studies, and the only Mexican belonging to the C200, takes us through her childhood in Mexico and her journey to becoming an influential entrepreneur. Through her diverse organizations, she is helping countless women leave abusive relationships and reach their full potential by harnessing their power.


Get an exclusive look at the 2017 ICOGAS International Conference on Gender & Sustainability, which took place on the margins of the 72nd U.N. General Assembly. The event featured leading global strategists, academics, CEOs, and international leaders, who convened to generate actionable gender equality and women’s sustainability solutions.

NAWRB Magazine is your resource for women’s issues in the housing and real estate ecosystem. Through the strength of our relationships with global women leaders and senior executive women, we are driving collaboration towards gender equality.

Read the full issue here.

Atlanta, Georgia: Impacting April Events for Women in Housing

Join NAWRB in Atlanta, Georgia from April 11th-14th for a variety of events for women homeowners and professionals in the housing and real estate ecosystem. From the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) For Her Connect 2018 to NAWRB’s Women’s Homeownership: Pathway to Economic Growth, attendees will find incredible opportunities and learn invaluable information regarding for women’s economic growth. Read more to see which events to add to your calendar!

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NAWRB sheCall: Operations of a Brokerage – Risk Management

Lori Namazi, Brokerage Risk Management & Operations Consultant of Lori Namazi Real Estate, will be featured and interviewed on our NAWRB sheCall: Operations of a Brokerage—Risk Management. Tune in on April 18th at 8:30 AM PST to participate in our Q&A with an expert woman leader in her field.

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NAWRB Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of H.R. 5050

It has been 30 years since the H.R. 5050: Women’s Business Ownership Act was passed, which was meant to address discriminatory practices that made it difficult for women to start their own businesses. Some of its key legislative changes, such as eliminating the need for women to have a male co-signer for a business loan and creating the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), led to an increase in the number and success of women-owned businesses.

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Women Who Will Change Your Life Event – Medford, MA

Join NAWRB at the upcoming event Women Who Will Change Your Life: The Evolution of Women’s Entrepreneurship on April 3rd, 2018, 5-8 PM, EST, at Century Bank Headquarters in Medford, MA. Our expert panel of senior executive women and business owners will share their wisdom on the best way to brand yourself as a successful woman entrepreneur.

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