October 2019 California Wildfires: Updates & Resources

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The state of California has been dealing with at least ten active fires this past month, including the Kincade Fire, Getty Fire, Easy Fire and the recent Hillside Fire that started last night in San Bernardino County. NAWRB provides the latest updates on these fires and must-know resources for those affected by these tragic events. While Cal Fire firefighters still work hard to contain these fires and affected homeowners plan their next steps, it is important to know about the available resources for financial and physical damage recovery.

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Happy Halloween from NAWRB!

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Tomorrow is Halloween, a fun and festive occasion filled with costumes, parties, trick-or-treating, spooky decorations, pumpkin carving and memories to last forever. This holiday has a 2,000 year-old history with origins to the Celtic festival of Samhain, an ancient tradition involving images of witches, ghosts and vampires. As we prepare for this week’s festivities, here are some facts about this popular holiday from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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WHER Chat: One in Five Older Americans Live in Rural Areas


One in five older Americans live in rural areas, with many concentrated in states where more than half of the older population lives in rural areas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent The Older Population in Rural America: 2012-2016. The report shows that 17.5 percent of the rural population was 65 years and older during this time compared to 13.8 percent in urban areas. 

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NDILC Council Member Rachel Beam-Jares Promoted to Director of Loss Mitigation at Fannie Mae


Women in the Real Estate & Housing Ecosystem (NAWRB) is pleased to announce NAWRB Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) member Rachel Beam-Jares has been promoted to Director of Loss Mitigation, Single-Family Collateral Valuation, at Fannie Mae. Rachel is a valued asset to the NDILC Council, and we are inspired by her achievements as a diversity leader in the appraisal industry. Congratulations, Rachel! We look forward to watching your success in this new role and other future achievements. 

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WHER Chat: Many Women-Led Companies Are Finding Success in Texas


Inc. released a report listing the top 10 cities where women-led companies are most likely to succeed using data from this year’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing private U.S. companies and then ranking metros by the number of women-owned companies that are based there. Washington, D.C. takes the top spot, but three cities from Texas were ranked as the top cities for women-led companies. 

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Just Released: NAWRB Magazine, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 10th Anniversary – MBA mPowering You 10/26


Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is excited to announce the release of NAWRB Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 2, 10th Anniversary 2019 Special Edition! 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 Special Edition of NAWRB Magazine recaptures the synergy and eye-opening conversations we heard from our incredible speakers and 2019 Leadership Award Winners.

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National Make a Difference Day 2019


Saturday, October 26th, is National Make a Difference Day, a day that brings together community service organizations every  fourth Saturday of October to make a difference in improving the lives of others, no matter how big or small. The event was created by USA WEEKEND magazine and Points of Light in 1992, and quickly became the largest national day of community service for over twenty years. 

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National Geographic’s Best & Worst Countries to Be a Woman


A National Geographic report ranks the best and worst countries to be a woman based on data from the upcoming Women, Peace, and Security Index, which analyzes global differences by “measuring women’s inclusion in society, sense of security, and exposure to discrimination.” Norway ranks as the top country to be a woman, while the United States ranked at No.19. 

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WHER Chat: California is Home to Top Cities for Minority-Owned Startups


Ecommerce software platform Volusion released a report on the top places in the United States with the greatest share of minority-owned startups. Their findings show that five out of the top 15 metropolitan areas with the highest share of minority-owned startups are in California, and only the top nine areas have more than 40 percent minority-owned startups. 

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign dedicated to increasing awareness of the disease, helping those affected through early detection, education and support, and fundraising for breast cancer research. Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries in an effort to advocate mammography as the most effective course of action when fighting breast cancer. 

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