First Lady of Illinois Delivering Keynote Address at NAWRB Conference


Desirée Patno is the CEO and President of Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With almost three decades specializing in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem, she leads her executive team’s expertise of championing women’s economic growth and independence.

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is honored to announce that Diana Mendley Rauner, Ph.D., President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and First Lady of Illinois, will deliver a Keynote Address during the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women,” on July 29th-31st in Chicago, IL at The Standard Club.

First Lady Rauner is a powerful leader in Illinois and for the advancement of the education of our nation’s at-risk youth. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago, an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Yale University.

First Lady Rauner’s keynote address will take place on Monday, July 30th, during the conference luncheon from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM.

Keynote Address

Year of Women: Empowering women, children and families to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty

Keynote Synopsis

Diana Mendley Rauner, Ph. D., President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and First Lady of Illinois, will highlight the year of women and lead an integral discussion about empowering parents and their children to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. As president, Diana leads the Ounce 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; universal home visiting for newborns and weekly doula visits. Diana will also share her path from finance to her decision to transition to early childhood research and non-profit work, driven by the mission to help children reach their full potential. She will conclude this journey by 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.

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