NAWRB Adds Three New Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council Members

The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) is proud to announce additional Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) Members Linda Erkkila, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Safeguard; Stacey M. Walker, Director, Housing Outreach, Affordable Lending, Access to Credit Single Family Business, Freddie Mac; and Ali Haralson, Executive Vice President, Client Management,

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NAWRB Signs MOU with Million Women Mentors at the 2017 4th Annual NAWRB Nexus Conference

July 18, 2017 – NAWRB is proud to announce that we have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Million Women Mentors (MWM). The signing took place in Costa Mesa, CA during the Power Lunch: Women’s Trade Associations, Collaboration for the Futureat the 2017 4th Annual NAWRB Nexus Conference.

“Our MOU partners are valuable contributors to and supporters of NAWRB’s mission,” stated Desirée Patno, NAWRB CEO and President. “By increasing collaboration on an inter-industry scale in the housing ecosystem, we are expanding our network, bringing more awareness and strengthening the diversity and inclusion movement. Together we can take decisive action, share best practices and resources, and create true change for the women’s economic growth.”

“I think professional development is a key feature for how we see we can empower and reach more women to be successful in their careers,” stated Lorena S. Fimbres, VP, Chief Business Development Officer, Stem Connector and Million Women Mentors (MWM). “Million Women Mentors believes in the importance of role models and through organizations like NAWRB, we can truly expand our circle of influence which means we expand the number of women that we can reach and support in being very successful. Not only those that are NAWRB Members, but all of the organizations that are somehow related to your members. Again, if you think about the depth and breadth of what we can do by partnering, the success of Million Women Mentors has really been in connecting key organizations that represent successful women and that ultimately collaborate to build synergistic responsibilities.”

Million Women Mentors® is close to 2 million pledges to mentor and active as a movement to drive economic change. NAWRB is using a megaphone to advance gender equality and economic growth.

NAWRB is the Women’s and Small Business Validator: Access, Opportunities, Influence and Collaborate. Become Involved in NAWRB to help cement women’s economic growth today! Entities and individuals interested in partnering with NAWRB can contact the organization at or visit


The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) is a leading voice for women in the housing ecosystem. With the assistance of our Women’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC), NAWRB is advocating for women’s gender equality, raising the utilization of women-owned businesses and providing women the tools and opportunities for economic expansion and growth. By increasing women’s homeownership, we can leverage the entrepreneurial strength of women and help bring the awareness of women’s poverty.

About MWM
Millions moving to mentor and sponsor! To support the engagement of two million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020. Million Women Mentors® is the movement that aims to change the face of women and girls, their career choices and advancement. We have 44 states with pledges and committees; 60 corporations and 60 partners are engaged nationally; and the global pledges are increasing. These important partnerships represent more than 30 million girls and women and the media partners as well. It is about scaling up and insuring that women and girls are encouraging and supported in their STEM careers.

NAWRB Announces Ten-X as a Premier Strategic Partner

The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) is proud to announce Ten-X as a Premier Strategic Partner.  A real estate technology industry powerhouse, Ten-X recognizes the importance of growing the community of women and women-owned and small businesses in the housing ecosystem.

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NAWRB Opens Washington, D.C. Office


Washington, D.C. – January 17, 2017 –The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) announced today the opening of their Washington, D.C. Office headed by Silvia N. Rathell, Washington D.C. Satellite Office Government Relations Chairwoman assisting the organization’s growth in government advocacy on behalf of women’s gender equality and women-owned businesses in the housing ecosystem.

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NAWRB Adds Three New Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council Members

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The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) is proud to announce their newest Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) members Min Alexander, Senior Vice President of Real Estate Services, Altisource; Tami Bonnell, CEO, EXIT Realty Corp. International; and Melanie Gass, Senior Partner Channel Marketing Manager SMB&D, US SMB Business Development, Microsoft.
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United State of Women Summit: Making Historic Change for Women

The United State of Women Summit, a groundbreaking event for women and supporters of the women’s movement hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, is taking place today, Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The Summit will unite 5,000 leaders to discuss recent achievements in gender parity and recognize the inequalities that continue burdening women today.

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Rebecca Steele (formerly Mairone) Found Innocent in 2008 Financial Crisis


You would be hard-pressed to find a person who was not affected by the 2008 Housing Bubble. Millions of Americans watched their homes and life savings fall through their fingers, able to do nothing about it. With its rising mortgages, fluctuating home values and rampant foreclosures, the housing crisis stemmed from a long line of erroneous financial circumstances and was the leading cause of the 2007 American recession.

Despite the fact that the housing bubble’s causers and causes are vast and various-from mortgage bankers, underwriters, low short-term interest rates, negligent mortgage guidelines, investment banks and even homebuyers themselves-only one individual was found liable for their part in the 2008 financial crisis. Rebecca Steele.

Steele’s indictment was set in motion with the federal government’s case against Bank of America’s Countrywide for their issuance of unstable mortgages prior to the financial crisis; the accusation came with an additional $1.27 billion penalty for Bank of America. Edward O’Donnell, the whistleblower who received $57 million for his role in exposing the case, and was expected to earn an additional $1.6 million reward upon the case’s conclusion, pointed the finger at Steele, the only woman in senior management at Countrywide.

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NAWRB Launches Women’s Global Resource Center

May 12, 2016

The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) is proud to present the NAWRB Women’s Global Resource Center. The NAWRB Women’s Global Resource Center provides a women’s depository for vendors and clients to grow their diverse spend and increase women’s employment at all levels.

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