Yesterday was a historic day in United States history. November 8, 2016 was always going to mean change for the U.S., regardless of who we elected. Whether pleased or disappointed with the results of the 2016 presidential election, we must move forward as a people for our sake and our country’s.
The exact change our nation will experience is yet unknown, but in the words of Charles R. Swindoll, “I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” The Kentucky state motto, “United we stand, divided we fall,” trenchantly encapsulates the spirit of our nation and the attitude we must embody in order to continue growing together.
Neither can we afford to give up hope if our preferred candidate was not elected nor can we become patronizing if they were.
Life is a beautiful thing, and the opportunities that we are afforded as Americans allow us to explore innovation and create solutions for success. Just like a business owner constructs strategies to increase their bottom line, we can reevaluate our priorities, engage in conversations and foster collaboration to preserve and develop the characteristics that make the U.S. a wonderful place to live.
Change forces us to rethink our mindsets and plans, providing excellent prospects for progress. We are a country of opportunity brought together by our differences and driven by our ambition for a better tomorrow. NAWRB would like to express our gratitude to the housing ecosystem community for your work and contributions to our country.
During these times of historic change, we implore you to work together and remember to always take care of one another. Share resources and take time to collaborate.
NAWRB’s team will be in Washington, D.C. during Global Entrepreneurship Week meeting with several government agencies, and Desirée Patno, our CEO and President, will be a panelist at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Summit on Diversity and Inclusion 2016.
NAWRB’s government relationships are strong; we look forward to creating new ones and continuing our work for women, women-owned and small businesses in the housing ecosystem with the coming administration.
This Friday, November 11 is Veterans Day, a day to honor our country’s active and retired servicemen and women. The first Armistice Day was celebrated in 1919 and initially celebrated veterans of World War I. In 1954, a bill expanding the holiday to veterans of all wars passed and was amended six days later to officially make the holiday’s name Veterans Day.
From discounts at restaurants to parades on city streets, this Friday will be dedicated to the men and women who have fought for our country’s freedom.
Next week marks the ninth installment of Global Entrepreneurship Week, “the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare.”
For one week each November, millions of entrepreneurs participate in thousands of business events and competitions around the world, fostering entrepreneurial activity and potentially connecting participants to mentors, investors and collaborators. Created in 2008, Global Entrepreneurship Week takes place in 160 countries with 25 million people, 25,000 activities and 10,000 partner organizations.