NAWRB’s Inaugural Conference Testimonials


Dear Desirée,

I want to thank you for the invitation to participate in the 2014 National Association of Women in Real Estate Business (NAWRB) conference. You have an impressive organization that provides a powerful network not only for your membership but for organizations such as Freddie Mac. I probably gained more by attending than what I had to contribute. Three words come to mind when I think about my participation with the NAWRB October 2014 conference. They are: Communication, Relationships and Diversification.

Communication: There was an informative speech from Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who sits on the House Finance and Banking committee, regarding the impacts of the Dodd Frank Section 342, OMWI regulation on the real estate and finance industry. There were powerful panel discussions on how to do business with GSEs, Federal and State Government Agencies including the SBA, FDIC, CFPB. I also heard loud and clear some of the issues, concerns, recommendations and ideas from your membership related to doing business with GSEs and other agencies. This is valuable information that I am hoping to continue to relay back to our business units.

Relationships: While all of these events were taking place under one roof, your membership had direct one on one contact opportunities to meet the panelists, corporate, federal and state representatives. I am still in communication with some of your members that I met at the conference. Relationships are key to contracting. Having a face with a name and the ability to contact that person to build a relationship and foster as an advocate for you is a tremendous benefit from events such as yours.

Diversification: Finally, I think that it was very important to have a discussion and information around the decreasing REO opportunities at the GSEs. It is key to always be aware of the changing environments and economies and where the future opportunities are going to be. Discussions around how can we leverage our skills, experience and ideas in the REO business to other contracting opportunities were key take aways from the conference. As the old hockey expression goes, we all need to be skating to the place where we think the puck is going to go.

This was truly a tremendous opportunity and look forward to participating in future events.


Jay Inouye

Director, Vendor and Diversity Management, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Freddie Mac

What a wonderful opportunity it was to meet the people who are involved in creating the laws that benefit Women Owned Business’s! I feel like I was able to obtain a tremendous amount of information that I needed to make decisions for the continued growth of my company.

Mashell C. Stith, Real Estate 31

“What a great event! Had a chance to connect with other strong business women in today’s housing indutry. The energy was -through the roof. I am ready to make 2015 my best year yet due to the best practices I learned while at the conference. NAWRB embodies synergy at its finest.”

Donna Nazir, Broker/CEO The Skye Group, Inc.

“NAWRB hosted a great conference! It was very informative regarding raising the awareness of Dodd Frank Section 342. I look forward to the 2015 conference.”

Marleitha Williams

“It was a great experience, full of information that is useful in my business. I am very excited to see the future of NAWRB.”

Brandy Nelson, Keller Williams Realty

“I really liked the power in numbers that we had and I really liked the level of integrity of the women that were there — they were over the top.”

Valarie Kennedy, Re/Max

“It was definitely a groundbreaking conference. It was unquestionably out of the norm; very innovative and unique sessions. Having the SBA there was truly beneficial. I thought it was a great event to help grow my business.”

Heidi Robinson, Thunderbird Real Estate

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