“Getting Real About Leadership” with the NDILC and NAWRB Certified Delegate Spokeswomen

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Every first Thursday of the month, NAWRB Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) will kick off each monthly theme with a Live Broadcast of the NDILC’s Ten Women Leadership Principles at 9:00 am PST.

December is #1. Acknowledge Trailblazers moderated by Erica Courtney: Know and learn from the women who came before you. We are all standing on the shoulders of giants.

Every second Thursday of the month, NAWRB’s Certified Delegate Spokeswomen will continue with the NDILC’s Ten Women Leadership Principle at 9:00 am PST with their Live Broadcast.

We are bringing real dialogue outside our four walls to build on these incredible Women Leadership Principles. Everyone is encouraged to add their stories to our Media Story Tree and share within your community of influence!

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The Power of Women in Business

by EXIT Realty Corp. Staff Writer, Maegan Carrasquillo

We’ve all heard the expression, “hitch your wagon to a star.” It’s the notion of seeking out those who shine and learning how to excel right along with them.

Recent theories suggest that having a strong, positive role model – especially as a young girl growing up in today’s world – can pack a three-fold inspirational, behavioral, and potentiality punch.

“Role models are important especially for women and other groups facing a host of social challenges and obstacles,” reads a 2019 Women’s Day and Female Role Models article on Psychology Today. “Role models show us what is possible; they inspire us and demonstrate possible ways we can overcome obstacles and actualize our potential.”

In the world of real estate, roughly 63% of all REALTORS® are female according to a 2018 report by NAR, yet only 12-14% hold roles of President, CEO, Executive Director or similar. This is where the National Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) come in; to show women what’s possible through powerful representation. The NDILC is part of Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem, also known as NAWRB.

The council is made up of women like EXIT Realty Corp. International’s, CEO, Tami Bonnell, who hold senior executive roles within real estate and related fields and they recently developed a list of 10 women leadership principles.

  1. Acknowledge Trailblazers- Know and learn from the women who came before you. We’re all standing on the shoulders of giants.
  2. Keep Achieving- Effective leaders always keep learning. There’s always something to learn and improve upon.
  3. Believe- Whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve.
  4. Pass the Torch- Give opportunities to future generations of women. Your legacy will be the people you help along the journey.
  5. Know Yourself- Be authentic and lead in a way that is true to you. Own your unique talents and strengths and empower those around you.
  6. Speak Out- Unconscious bias is present, but ignoring it only perpetuates it. Take a stand and speak out.
  7. Listen- Never assume anything about anyone. Everyone has their own story that makes them who they are.
  8. Be Present- Sharing your time is one of the most valuable gifts you can give. Do it with intention by truly being present.
  9. Prepare for the Future- Women with advanced skills today will be ready for tomorrow’s challenges.
  10. Lead by Example- Inclusion isn’t enough. Press for parity and strive for excellence in everything.

The list was written to pass on lessons learned on the path to leadership and can be used for nearly any field. Not everyone has had the same access to positive female role models but both individuals and companies alike can help by following them. It’s up to all of us to continue this positive movement in a forward motion toward true equality.

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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NAWRB Magazine Special Edition, “Essential Women Preserving the Quality of Life” – Deadline April 5th, 2020


As we tackle new challenges and continue to be tested everyday on so many fronts, NAWRB takes this opportunity to announce the special edition of NAWRB’s Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 1, newly titled “Essential Women Preserving the Quality of Life.” We are so proud to present our first ever collage of dynamic “essential women” as our sheCenter(FOLD).

During this time of stress and uncertainty, how are you using your innate capabilities and personal influence to make a positive impact? Often we are helping people we don’t even know as they see, hear or read about the act of kindness. We are accepting submissions for  “essential women” by April 5th, 2020. Email your submission to media@nawrb.com of up to 300 words, accompanied by pictures, name and position. (Space is limited).

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NDILC Women Leader Principle #1 Acknowledge Trailblazers with Council Member Erica Courtney

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NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) recently introduced their Ten Women Leadership Principles, which they collectively created to help women in the workforce become more effective leaders at any stage of their careers, and empower other women to reach their full potential. This is a universal guide for all levels of leadership, and any woman can benefit from applying them. This week, NDILC presents the first principle, “Acknowledge Trailblazers,” introduced by NDILC Member Erica Courtney, President of 2020vet and Zulu Time, U.S. Army Aviation Major, NATO Gender Advisor, and California Commissioner on the Status of Women & Girls. 

In the upcoming weeks, each of these principles will be presented in detail with a personal message from an NDILC member about her experiences applying these principles to her professional and personal life. To learn more about the NDILC, please visit www.NAWRB.com/NDILC/.

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NDILC Introduces Ten Women Leadership Principles


NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) is proud to introduce their Ten Women Leadership Principles, which they collectively created to help women in the workforce become more effective leaders at any stage of their careers, and empower other women to reach their full potential. This is a universal guide for all levels of leadership, and any woman can benefit from applying them. 

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Housing Ecosystem Hit by Historic Government Shutdown


At the time of this writing, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history ended after 35 days, lasting from Dec. 22, 2018 to Jan. 25, 2019. While the shutdown has ended, there’s always the potential for another as political unrest remains.

Regardless of what the future holds, many government agencies have been affected, causing federal employees to either be furloughed or work without pay. In addition, national parks were forced to close, and affordable housing funding has come to a halt, among other effects that will continue to be felt during the course of the year.

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The Future of Real Estate Investment: Opportunity Zones


According to the 2017 Distressed Communities Index by the Economic Innovation Group, one in six Americans, approximately 17 percent of the population, live in economically-distressed communities, and the average state has 15.2 percent of its population living in these struggling areas.

The new Opportunity Zone (OZ) tax incentive was created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to encourage investment in low- to moderate-income communities across the country through tax benefits, such as deferring tax on capital gains by making an investment in any of the designated zones. So far, 8,761 communities covering all 50 states, including the five U.S. territories, have been designated as opportunity zones, and they will keep this status for 10 years.
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How the Passing of Bill SB 826 Stands to Disrupt California Real Estate Businesses


In September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the SB 826 bill into law, a landmark legislation requiring female representation on corporate boards. Specifically, the bill requires that at least one woman be on the board of publicly-held companies in California by year-end 2019. Despite concerns over its potential efficacy, the bill is an important step in diversity and inclusion, as well as for the advancement of women.

In an official letter, Governor Brown stated, “There have been numerous objections to this bill and serious legal concerns have been raised. I don’t minimize the potential flaws that indeed may prove fatal to its ultimate implementation.” He continued, “Given all the special privileges that corporations have enjoyed for so long, it’s high time corporate boards include the people who constitute more than half the ‘persons’ in America.”

How does this concern real estate? Publicly-held real estate companies in California are most likely to be affected by this new legislation, requiring female representation on their boards. This might be a productive start for increasing the share of women in areas where they’re greatly underrepresented, such as commercial real estate.

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Artificial Intelligence in Real Estate: How to Leverage the Disruption


Discussions about how artificial intelligence (AI) will alter the workforce as we know it is a hot topic among thought leaders, including those in the housing and real estate ecosystem. While some fear that improvements in machine learning and cognitive intelligence will present a threat to jobs—which is certainly an important concern—others see AI as a helpful tool for real estate professionals.

When hearing the term “AI,” people often think of chatbots and Siri or Alexa; however, experts see AI as having greater potential as a common helper in the real estate industry—being able to communicate with buyers in an intelligent manner and identify important signals for property regulations, such as RegTech.
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