Women in Real Estate: Leading the Charge Toward Equal Access and a Level Playing Field


Desirée Patno has led women toward leadership and success throughout her three-decade career. As president and CEO of Desirée Patno, Inc. and founder of Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB), Patno leads the charge toward equal access for women and a level playing field for all.

“We have to look at this not as a feminist movement, or something in which there are too many movements because it becomes a ‘kitchen sink’ kind of thing, but more of an equal access thing,” says Patno. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman, if you’re a person of color, if you’re a Caucasian man, as long as we all have access to equality so that the best person gets the best job. This way, we will be able to achieve a better equilibrium.”

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EXIT Realty CEO to Address Women Business Leaders, Recognized as Real Estate Industry Trailblazer


Los Angeles, CA, June 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EXIT Realty Corp. International, CEO, Tami Bonnell, will join real estate industry forward-thinkers at the second annual WomanUP!® Conference to be held June 28-29 at the JW Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles.  In a recent press release, the California Association of REALTORS® stated, “The two-day conference is part of C.A.R.’s women’s outreach program to bring together a community of mentors and leaders to communicate, collaborate, and support one another in the real estate industry.”

“WomanUP! ® is a great event.  I strongly believe that exposure to what’s possible is the key to success,” says Bonnell.  “My goal at this event is to influence as many women as possible in a way that makes them want to grow to the next level.”

Bonnell is among the featured speakers scheduled to appear, including Bernice Ross, CEO, BrokerageUP!, Steve White, C.A.R. President and Jared Martin, C.A.R. President-elect.
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First Lady of Illinois Diana Rauner to Keynote NAWRB Conference


Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) has announced that Diana Rauner, First Lady of Illinois and president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, will deliver a keynote during the 2018 NAWRB Conference, “Year of Women.” In the address, Rauner will discuss empowering women, children and families to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

As president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Rauner leads the organization in its efforts to deliver effective, educational, evidence-based programs and interventions in support of children and families; preventative solutions that include high-quality, outcome-based classroom learning environments for children; services that promote positive parent-child relationships and attachments; and universal home visiting for newborns and weekly doula visits.

During the address, Rauner will share her path from finance to early childhood research and non-profit work, discussing the Ounce and State of Illinois’ commitment and efforts to maximizing a preventative system of care and advocating for increased services and support, especially for those in need.

Rauner holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago, an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Yale University.

The 5th Annual NAWRB Conference is being held July 29-31 at The Standard Club in Chicago, Ill. Rauner will speak on July 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the conference luncheon.

For more information, please visit www.nawrb.com.

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NAWRB Conference to Emphasize ‘Year of Women’


The annual Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) conference, coming July 29-31 to The Standard Club in Chicago, Ill., is emphasizing the “Year of Women,” gathering executive females from across industries. The conference highlights industry issues, with presentations by several speakers, including:

  • Dottie Herman, CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  • Erica Courtney, CEO/President, 2020vet
  • Sharron P.A. Levine, Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)
  • Vanessa Montanez, Sales and Business Development Manager, U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
  • Victor Christiansen, Chief of Minority and Women Business and Diversity Inclusion Branch, OMWI, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Desirée Patno, CEO/President, NAWRB and Desirée Patno Enterprises
  • Tami Bonnell, CEO, EXIT Realty Corp.

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