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.
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The Perfect Balance
As the year 2020 brings the advent of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), rent control and a host of other real estate related items here in California, Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) will introduce Know the Rules of the GameⓇ in full swing. To help people achieve their dreams of financial security and growth, NAWRB will be joining forces with Faith & Community Empowerment (FACE) in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to empower the next generation to manage their assets and build their wealth. The official signing will take place on January 18th, 2020, during the 8th Annual OC Home Fair at Chapman University, hosted by NAWRB Certified Delegate Angie Weeks.
According to a 2011 Government Accountability Office (GAO) study, approximately 14.1 percent of adults age 60 and older in the United States have experienced some kind of physical, psychological or sexual abuse; potential neglect; or financial exploitation in the past year. Cognitive decline is a key factor that makes the aging population susceptible to elder financial exploitation, according to the Elder Financial Exploitation 2018 report by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Investor Advocate.
As Christmas Day neared its end, Californians in parts of Santa Barbara and Orange County received an unexpected tornado warning due to a risk caused by heavy rain, snow and winds resulting in a winter storm. Two storms developed during this time with one in Southern California that flooded the 5 Freeway in the Grapevine, Angeles Crest Highway, the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass and other freeways across Los Angeles County.
The National Women’s Business Council’s (NWBC) just released their 2019 Annual Report, titled, “Advancing Women Entrepreneurs. Growing America’s Economy.” The report identifies three important initiatives and provides policy recommendations for the following: (1) improving access to capital for female founders, (2) encouraging more women entrepreneurs to start companies in STEM-related fields, and (3) removing obstacles for women business owners in rural areas.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released new 5-year estimates from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS), which covers over forty demographic topics, including a newly added section profiling the 65 and older population. Key findings of the report show that the median age of the U.S. older population was 73.2 years, and Sumter County, Florida, had the highest percentage of residents aged 65 and older, at 55.6 percent.
The U.S. Census Bureau just released new data from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program, providing the only up-to-date, single-year income and poverty statistics for the nation’s 3,141 counties and 13,197 school districts. Among other key findings for 2018, the report reveals that 13.6 percent of counties had a statistically significant increase in median household income from 2007, while 5.5 percent had a decrease.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We hope that 2019 has been a year of new friendships, accomplishments, learning, growth and self-discovery. At NAWRB, we are incredibly grateful for our members, partners and collaborators who have joined us in facilitating the vision with natural disaster recovery, elder financial abuse, small business sustainability, technology human balance Ⓡ, gender equality, access to capital and opportunity zones.
A study produced in a collaboration between Crunchbase, Him For Her, and Kellogg School of Management on gender diversity in 200 of the most heavily funded U.S.-based private venture-backed companies reveals 60 percent of companies do not have a single woman on their boards and 7 percent of board seats are held by women. The study intends to bring attention to women’s representation in boardrooms of private companies to encourage a concerted effort to hire diverse board members.
Comparably released their third annual Best Company Culture awards to the companies that were ranked the highest by employers based on workplace culture. Results are based on an anonymous feedback survey that gave employees a variety of company culture questions, from office environment and compensation to leadership and work-life balance. Continue reading →