NAWRB Membership Drive: Cultivate Relationships & Advance Your Career or Book of Business


Are you a professional in the housing and real estate ecosystem who wants to connect with Industry Leaders, gain Leadership Opportunities and learn about the Latest Developments and Resources in your industry? Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) offers all that and more through our memberships for both women and men and advanced platforms. Relationships are everything, and having the right ones could save your deal and advance your book of business beyond your wildest dreams!

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Happy Labor Day Weekend 2018


As August comes to a close, Americans are gearing up to celebrate Labor Day weekend. Labor Day, which takes place Monday, September 3rd this year,  is a federal holiday celebrating the contributions and success of American workers. It also commemorates the American labor movement which fought for workers’ rights and saw the emergence of shorter work days and the end of child labor in the United States.

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September 2018: National Preparedness Month


This September marks National Preparedness Month, dedicated to reminding Americans about the importance of being prepared in case of a natural disaster, while providing the tools so that they can protect their homes, businesses and communities throughout the year.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are joining efforts for National Preparedness Month with a focus on the theme “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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Womens’ Economic Growth and Advancement: Insights from Desiree Patno, CEO of NAWRB, on Critical Mass Radio Show


Fraud and embezzlement in banks can drastically take a toll on business owners. But it is possible to change the system and protect our hard­ earned money. Desiree Patno, the CEO of NAWRB is looking to spread the word on this issue. She joined us to talk about her own personal experiences and how you can avoid becoming a victim. Here are three takeaways from our time with Desiree Patno on Critical Mass Radio Show:
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NAWRB Joins MBA’s “We Believe” Campaign


The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has just released their inspiring “We Believe” campaign. As their website states, “It’s time to tell consumers, lawmakers and regulators, influencers in Washington and throughout the country, all the good things our industry is doing to ensure the dream of homeownership is realized by millions of Americans.”

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3 brokerage strategies to boost workplace diversity and inclusion

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Boosting diversity and inclusion has become a top priority for many professionals around the world, and real estate, of course, is no exception.

Diversity is becoming a critical business practice that supports a vibrant workplace culture and a successful problem-solving environment. So, it’s something brokerages need to pay close attention to.

Below are three steps real estate brokerages can take to improve their workplace diversity.

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A mixture of cultures, backgrounds and abilities in your workforce bring different experiences and talent, which increases innovation and perspective.

Local and national minority organizations are great places to strengthen and cultivate relationships with diverse groups of real estate professionals.

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EXIT Realty CEO to Address Women Business Leaders, Recognized as Real Estate Industry Trailblazer


Los Angeles, CA, June 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EXIT Realty Corp. International, CEO, Tami Bonnell, will join real estate industry forward-thinkers at the second annual WomanUP!® Conference to be held June 28-29 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles.  In a recent press release, the California Association of REALTORS® stated, “The two-day conference is part of C.A.R.’s women’s outreach program to bring together a community of mentors and leaders to communicate, collaborate, and support one another in the real estate industry.”

“WomanUP! ® is a great event.  I strongly believe that exposure to what’s possible is the key to success,” says Bonnell.  “My goal at this event is to influence as many women as possible in a way that makes them want to grow to the next level.”

Bonnell is among the featured speakers scheduled to appear, including Bernice Ross, CEO, BrokerageUP!, Steve White, C.A.R. President and Jared Martin, C.A.R. President-elect.
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First Lady of Illinois Diana Rauner to Keynote NAWRB Conference


Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) has announced that Diana Rauner, First Lady of Illinois and president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, will deliver a keynote during the 2018 NAWRB Conference, “Year of Women.” In the address, Rauner will discuss empowering women, children and families to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

As president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Rauner leads the organization in its efforts to deliver effective, educational, evidence-based programs and interventions in support of children and families; preventative solutions that include high-quality, outcome-based classroom learning environments for children; services that promote positive parent-child relationships and attachments; and universal home visiting for newborns and weekly doula visits.

During the address, Rauner will share her path from finance to early childhood research and non-profit work, discussing the Ounce and State of Illinois’ commitment and efforts to maximizing a preventative system of care and advocating for increased services and support, especially for those in need.

Rauner holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Yale University.

The 5th Annual NAWRB Conference is being held July 29-31 at The Standard Club in Chicago, Ill. Rauner will speak on July 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the conference luncheon.

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NAWRB Conference to Emphasize ‘Year of Women’


The annual Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) conference, coming July 29-31 to The Standard Club in Chicago, Ill., is emphasizing the “Year of Women,” gathering executive females from across industries. The conference highlights industry issues, with presentations by several speakers, including:

  • Dottie Herman, CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  • Erica Courtney, CEO/President, 2020vet
  • Sharron P.A. Levine, Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
  • Vanessa Montanez, Sales and Business Development Manager, U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
  • Victor Christiansen, Chief of Minority and Women Business and Diversity Inclusion Branch, OMWI, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Desirée Patno, CEO/President, NAWRB and Desirée Patno Enterprises
  • Tami Bonnell, CEO, EXIT Realty Corp.

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Kathy Kraninger Narrowly Approved by Senate Banking Committee in Split Party Vote


In her journey to become the next Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Kathy Kraninger must win over the Senate. If the recent vote by the Senate Banking Committee is any indication of how that might go, it might end up in a narrow confirmation along party lines.

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