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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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.
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.
Monda Webb screened her award-winning short film, “Zoo (Volkerschau),” which is based on the last known human zoo in Brussels, Belgium at the World’s Fair in 1958. Webb described the process of making the film, of sacrificing things like her home in order to be able to complete the production and submit it to festivals.
With limited resources, it is crucial for small business owners to know their rights and resources, to be able to identify a streamlined course of action when an issue arises. Sharon Asar, Deputy Ombudsman, CFPB Ombudsman’s Office and Philip D. Lovas, Regional Advocate – SBA Region IX, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) shared the resources their offices offer to America’s small business owners and the value they hold for entrepreneurs.
Our first session following Tanya Komas’s Keynote Address was an enlightening and engaging discussion of Directors from the Office(s) of Minority and Women Inclusion and GSE’s, including guests Sharron P.A. Levine, Director, OMWI, FHFA; Victor Christiansen, Chief of Minority and Woman Business and Diversity Inclusion Branch, OMWI, FDIC; Stuart Ishimaru, Director, OMWI, CFPB; Tomaneci A. Waller-Day, Supplier Diversity Director, Freddie Mac; and Moderator Desiree Patno, CEO & President, NAWRB.
Desirée Patno, NAWRB CEO and President, commenced Day 2 of the 2017 NAWRB Nexus Conference with opening remarks, describing the wonderful work leading up to the conference and recognizing the professionals who made time for the diversity and inclusion (D&I) movement.