2019: NAWRB’s Year in Review


Burgandy Basulto is a Content Writer at NAWRB. She has a bachelor’s degree in both English and Philosophy, and a master’s degree in Philosophy. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves running, kickboxing, watching films, trying new restaurants she finds via Yelp, and experiencing other cultures during her travels.

As 2019 comes to a close, NAWRB looks back at the tremendous change and growth we have had, and the new projects we have started to help the advancement of gender equality, women’s leadership and the health of communities by sharing resources for natural disaster recovery, elder financial abuse, small business sustainability, technology human balance Ⓡ, access to capital and opportunity zones. See below for the top stories and achievements that we have seen over the year.

In 2019, NAWRB completed the third installment of the 2019 NAWRB Women in the Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER), which provides the most diverse coverage of the Housing Ecosystem with over sixty resources in six volumes: Diversity & Inclusion, Homeownership, Women-Owned Businesses, STEM, Aging Population, and Family Offices with a gender lens perspective. Learn more about each of the volumes and order a copy of the 2019 NAWRB WHER here.

We expanded the NAWRB Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) to include more phenomenal women leaders, including Rachel Beam-Jares, Field Manager of the Valuation Department at Fannie Mae; Amy Piento, Senior Director of Family Office Services at BDO; and Erica Courtney, President of 2020vet and Zulu Time, U.S. Army Aviation Major, NATO Gender Advisor, and California Commissioner on the Status of Women & Girls.

Technology Human BalanceⓇ and the Aging Population are our two newly established initiatives. The former addresses how advanced areas of technology, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain, will alter the industry and how companies can stay afloat along this new current of technological development.

The Aging Population is a neglected but significant portion of our society that will become dependent on younger generations for their physical, mental and financial wellbeing. We cover wide-ranging topics like employment, living arrangements, physical, mental and financial health, caregiving, poverty, and elder financial abuse.

Know the Rules of the GameⓇ became the trademark for our professional development tool to revitalize communication and partnerships between industries as we work together to form mindful strategic solutions achieved through a gender lens.

Finally, the 2019 NAWRB 10th Anniversary Conference, Redefining Leadership, brought together industry leaders and senior executives from across the most inclusive economic ecosystem at the beautiful Langham Huntington Resort in Pasadena, CA. This year, we were able to highlight all the work that occurred behind the scenes for the past ten years to realize our vision for the 2019 NAWRB WHER. With nineteen panels, intense and powerful discussions were exchanged with all participants to successfully create a fabulous and productive mastermind.

Thank you to our Strategic Partners, collaborators and member community for being a part of our development, and we look forward to continuing our work for greater social impact in 2020!

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