2018 Live Conference Updates: OMWI/Procuring Contracts

Procuring contracts may not sound the most glamorous of topics, however, this panel was not only information-packed but all of our speakers from government and local agencies made themselves incredibly accessible to our attendees. Continue reading

2018 NAWRB Conference Live Updates: Building Infrastructure, Maintaining Agriculture & Disaster Recovery

The second to last panel to grace our stage was the Building Infrastructure, Maintaining Agriculture & Disaster Recovery Panel, featuring Michelle Corridon, Deputy Director, USDA Rural Development; Noemi Lujan-Perez, VP of Government and Media Relations, EcoDiversity; James K. Joseph, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region V; Sharron P.A.  Levine, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA); and Desiree Patno, CEO & President, NAWRB. These professionals shared how their agencies respond to natural disasters and provide financial assistance to affected homeowners and business owners, while also letting attendees know about contracting opportunities and how they can be involved in developing trends in infrastructure.

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2018 NAWRB Conference Live Updates: Investing In Opportunity Act

While implementing the Investing in Opportunity Act can be complicated, all of the speakers on our panel were enthusiastic about the transforming change this tax incentive could bring to communities most in need. 

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2018 NAWRB Conference Live Updates: SHETalk Sharron P.A. Levine, Dr. Chitra Dorai & Dottie Herman

We kicked off the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women,” this morning with three inspiring SHETalks by Sharron P.A. Levine, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA); Dr. Chitra Dorai, Former IBM Fellow and Master Inventor; and Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman. All of these thought leaders and business owners delivered enlightening sound bites of important issues affecting the industry, such as opportunities for women in housing as professionals and consumers, Technology Human Balance and the rules for building a successful business.

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NAWRB Hits the Ground Running in Chicago

 

Less than twenty-four hours after landing in Chicago our team hits the ground running putting all the pieces in place ahead of our 2018 Year of Women Conference.

In short order, we set up our command center in the historic Standard Club in downtown Chicago—the only private club to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.  Continue reading

Fun Things to Do in Chicago

While you’re in Chicago for the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, make sure to make the most of your time in the Heart of America by checking out the city’s top attractions, shops, restaurants and recreational activities. See below for a list of recommended activities provided by one of the organizations we are collaborating with for this event.

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Just Released: NAWRB Magazine sheCENTER(FOLD) Dr. Chitra Dorai Former IBM Fellow

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is excited to announce the release of NAWRB Magazine Volume 7, Issue 2, The Strength of Business Ownership, featuring sheCENTER(FOLD) Dr. Chitra Dorai, an AI Visionary, Former IBM Fellow, Master Inventor, VP of CTO Cognitive Services, Member of IBM Industry Academy & Academy of Technology, and co-inventor of more than 45 patents. Come hear Dr. Chitra Dorai’s presentation on Technology Human Balance ™ as part of our new SHETalk series at the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women,” July 29th – 31st in Chicago, IL at The Standard Club.
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John Yen Wong, Founding Chairman of AREAA, & Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO 2020 Women on Boards on NAWRB Conference, Year of Women

We are thrilled to have the support of John Yen Wong, Founding Chairman of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) and Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO and L.A. Chapter Co-chair of 2020 Women on Boards ahead of our 5th Annual Conference in Chicago!

John keeps it simple:: “NAWRB: Great Content, Great Speakers, Great Conferences, Great People, Great Organization.”

While Betsy sums up her strategic alliance with NAWRB this way “ “Congratulations to NAWRB, on your big national conference in Chicago! As CEO of 2020 Women on Boards, I am pleased we have a strategic alliance with NAWRB, as we both dedicate efforts to advance women in their careers, and to be part of the massive campaign to increase the numbers of women directors on corporate boards to at least 20% by the year 2020. We applaud your success as women business leaders in real estate!”

With John and Betsy behind us, we continue to rock our initiatives of advancing women on boards and pushing for diversity and inclusion at every turn.

See you in Chicago!

 

 

 

 

Women-Focused Diversity & Inclusion Experts at 2018 NAWRB Conference

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) will be one of the many topics addressed at the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women,” this weekend on July 29th-31st in Chicago, IL, at The Standard Club. Attendees will witness informative discussions about D&I in different industries in the housing ecosystem, from workplace disruptors and supplier diversity to procuring contracts and unspoken issues impacting women. Our speakers come from well-known corporations and government entities, and they are influential leaders in their fields. As you organize your time at the conference, make sure to check out these pivotal D&I panels.

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8 Women-Owned Businesses to Visit in Chicago

More women are pursuing entrepreneurship as a source of wealth-building and financial independence. According to the 2017 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, the number, and revenue, of women-owned businesses in the United States has more than doubled in the last 20 years. This trend is prevalent in Chicago, the Heart of America, where women are seeking the American Dream by starting their own businesses, selling products and services that they care about.

If you’re coming to the 2018 NAWRB Conference, “Year of Women,” this weekend in Chicago, why not support local women-owned businesses? Here’s a list of eight Chicago women-owned businesses you might want to check out during your time in the Windy City.

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