Many Organizations Not Prioritizing Gender-Diverse Leadership

According to a recent report by IBM titled “Women Leadership, and the Priority Paradox,” a significant share of organizations are not making the increased inclusion of women in leadership roles a top business priority. Among the 2,300 organizations that were surveyed worldwide, only 18 percent had women in top leadership positions, including the C-suite, vice presidents, directors and senior managers. This finding is in stark contrast to a new wave of advocacy for gender-diverse leadership and a common understanding that diverse leadership leads to better financial performance.

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Announcing the 2019 NAWRB Conference & Leadership Awards!

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is pleased to announce the 2019 NAWRB Annual Conference, Redefining Leadership, on August 4th-7th at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, California. Following the success of last year’s conference, this event will feature inspiring SHETalks from women leaders, a diverse array of expert panels, one-on-one opportunities with key players in the industry and thorough discussions of pivotal issues affecting the housing and real estate ecosystem.

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Top 70 Companies for Executive Women in 2019

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), one of the nation’s largest associations for women professionals and business owners, just released their 2019 ranking of the Top 70 Companies for Executive Women. This list, now in its 21st year, features organizations that stand out for having high female representation in key management positions and programs and policies that help women climb the corporate ladder within their companies.

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NAWRB’s Government Reach is Expanding Across the Globe!

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) announces that it is moving its Government Branches to its Headquarters in Irvine, CA. With our expansion into other countries and the ever-changing landscape, it is imperative having the company’s collective efforts for greater social impact in the same location.

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Hispanic Poverty Rate Dropped to Historic Low in 2017

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the poverty rate among the Hispanic population dropped to the lowest level recorded in 2017, at 18.3 percent. This decline is not only the largest year-to-year drop among all demographic groups—1.1 percentage points from 2016—but also the lowest poverty estimate for Hispanics since they were first reported in 1972.

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Housing Starts at Lowest in More Than Two Years

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the number of homes that were being built as of December 2018 was at its lowest level in the more than two years. The decrease in housing starts during this period indicates that developers are anticipating fewer new houses that will be sold this year. Building permits increased by just 0.3 percent, suggesting that growth in new housing will continue to be sluggish in the future.

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Corporate Diversity Bill Will Require Companies to Disclose Board Representation

Representative Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) has recently introduced the Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act of 2019, which will require public companies to disclose the gender, race, ethnicity and veteran status of their board directors, nominees and senior executive officers, as a way to track the progress of diverse representation in the corporate sphere.

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Congress Introduces Bill to Reinstate Dodd-Frank Reform Measures

In 2018, Congress passed a bill that rolled back reform measures under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that required banks and credit unions to report loan characteristics. The measures required lenders to submit reports for 25 or more mortgages and 100 or more home equity loans made per year.

The bill raised the threshold significantly to 500 mortgages and 500 home equity loans per year, which resulted in 85 percent of banks and credit loans being exempted from reporting. This has sparked concern over fairness in lending as some minorities and women are still subject to loan discrimination.

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