NAWRB & 2020vet, Inc. Win a Multi-Year Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Consulting Contract

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As the CEO & President of Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE) Real Estate Brokerage, Advisor & Investor for AmicusBrain—AI for Aging Population, CSO for ZuluTime, Publisher, Connector and a National Speaker, Desirée Patno’s network and wealth of knowledge crosses a vast economic footprint. With three decades specializing in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem and owning her own successful brokerage, she leads her executive team’s expertise of Social Impact, Gender Equality and Access to Capital, and provides personalized consulting services to the Real Estate and Family Office community.

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB), in collaboration with 2020vet, Inc., are pleased to announce they have won a three-year contract with a one year option. Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), Time-and-Materials (T&M) contract to provide a bench of qualified speakers to conduct seminars on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) to public transit fixed-route operators across Los Angeles County. Guest speakers will engage transit professionals, including social service representatives, community advocates, health and human services workers, and others. The contract was granted by Access Services in collaboration with Los Angeles County.

Individual awardees include Julie E. Graff, International Human Resource Expert; Desiree Patno, CEO & President of NAWRB, and Chairwoman of NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC); and NDILC Member Erica Courtney, President of Zulu Time and 2020vet, Inc, and U.S. Army Reserve, Major.

Awardees will provide relevant D&I topics and engage participants in areas to include: the meaning of D&I, challenging outdated work norms, creating value and inclusion for all, why organizations fail at achieving diversity and inclusion, and more.  The goal of the program is to educate transit professionals on an individual level and provide the County’s operators with guidelines that will promote positive cultural change and workplace best practices.

Erica Courtney “is excited to bring together the transit community and address internal as well as external facets that affect their productivity and individual sense of belonging.”

“We are looking forward to bringing our Diversity & Inclusion Consulting Services to LA County’s transit industry,” Desiree Patno states. “NAWRB offers D&I metrics and diversity training at all employment levels to maximize business transparency and the quality of your procured services.”

“With tried and true corporate best practices, training tools and one-on-one support, we will engage employees and management to create cultural cohesiveness and support the transit team’s diversity and inclusion programs,” states Julie E. Graff.


Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is a leading voice for women focused on advancing gender equality, raising the utilization of women-owned businesses and providing women the tools for economic security, stability and sanctuary. We provide one of the most thorough resources for women in the industry, covering a wide-range of topics and issues affecting women in the housing ecosystem from poverty and homeownership to C-suite opportunities and family offices.  Learn more about NAWRB’s consulting services and products in our newly redesigned website that provides easier access to information and resources. Visit today!

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