NDILC Council Member Rachel Beam-Jares Promoted to Director of Loss Mitigation at Fannie Mae

Women in the Real Estate & Housing Ecosystem (NAWRB) is pleased to announce NAWRB Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) member Rachel Beam-Jares has been promoted to Director of Loss Mitigation, Single-Family Collateral Valuation, at Fannie Mae. Rachel is a valued asset to the NDILC Council, and we are inspired by her achievements as a diversity leader in the appraisal industry. Congratulations, Rachel! We look forward to watching your success in this new role and other future achievements. 

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2019 Women in the Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) to be Released at NAWRB Conference

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) will release the NAWRB 2019 Women Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) for attendees only at the 2019 NAWRB Conference, Redefining Leadership, on Aug. 4th-6th at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, CA.  The third installment of the most diverse coverage of the Housing Ecosystem has over sixty resources in six volumes, including Diversity & Inclusion, Homeownership, Women-Owned Businesses, STEM, Aging Population, and Family Offices with a gender lens perspective.

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New Corporate Diversity Bill Tackles Obstacles to Diverse Leadership

In February, Representative Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.) introduced the H.R. 1018 – Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act of 2019, which will require public companies to disclose the gender, race, ethnicity and veteran status of their board directors, nominees and senior executive officers, as a way to track the progress of diverse representation in the corporate sphere.

“Diversity has been proven to have a positive impact on business performance, and it is only natural for investors to want to know which companies are choosing to bring in a wealth of different perspectives into their corporate board rooms,” Representative Meeks said in an official statement. “Revealing the gender, racial, ethnic, and veteran makeup of these corporate C-suites and boardrooms will not only shed light on the value of diversity, but hopefully encourage corporate shareholders to increase diversity in the highest ranks of their corporations.”

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DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity

DiversityInc just announced their annual list of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity for 2019. Over 1,800 companies participated in a survey to evaluate the performance of their diversity-management initiatives in the context of their own industries. The four key areas under evaluation were talent pipeline, talent development, leadership accountability and supplier diversity. See below for the companies that outperformed the competition in diversity.

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Bill to Increase Student Diversity in STEM Through Grant Program

Senator Kamala Harris introduced a new bill titled the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act, which aims to help underrepresented communities gain access to educational materials, mentorships and work experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

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May 2019: Older Americans Month

The month of May is Older Americans Month, a celebration of the population age 65 and older. Read on to learn more about the history of this observance, and current statistics on the older population, such as diversity representation, gender differences, education, income, poverty rates and more.

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Globally, Most Believe Diversity Has Increased in the Past 20 Years

A recent Pew Research Center survey looks at different perspectives across the globe to determine how people believe diversity has changed in the past two decades, and their reception to such change. Of 27 nations surveyed, which home half of the world’s international migrants, most believe that their country has become more diverse at 69 percent.

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Discrimination in the AI Industry Contributes to Discriminatory AI Systems

A new report from New York University’s AI Now Institute titled Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race and Power in AI highlights the diversity crisis in the AI sector and its effect on the development of AI systems with gender and racial biases.

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Number of Females as Admirals and Generals Doubles Since 2000

A recent report by the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) shows that more women are in senior enlisted and officer ranks as more are pursuing careers in the military. There were 30 female admirals and generals on active duty in the five services in fiscal 2000. In 2018, there were 63 females occupying senior positions in the military. The increase of female representation is credited to more women staying in the military and more opportunities being made available, such as military occupational specialties.

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