NAWRB Joins MBA’s “We Believe” Campaign

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has just released their inspiring “We Believe” campaign. As their website states, “It’s time to tell consumers, lawmakers and regulators, influencers in Washington and throughout the country, all the good things our industry is doing to ensure the dream of homeownership is realized by millions of Americans.”

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NAWRB & mPower: Collaborating for Women’s Economic Growth and Career Opportunities

Collaborating for Women’s Economic Growth and Career Opportunities

An MOU between MBA: mPower® & Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB)

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and mPower®, MBA Promoting Opportunities for Women to Extend their Reach, a network exclusively for women in the real estate finance industry by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), announce that they will join forces in a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Together, the organizations will help each other achieve the individual missions and shared goals of realizing women’s economic growth and increasing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the housing ecosystem.

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mPower: Addressing Workplace Disruptors

For the first time at a NAWRB Conference, mPower (Mortgage Banker’s Association Promoting Opportunities for Women to Extend their Reach) presented a panel, kicking off our Year of Women with style and substance.

NAWRB President and CEO, Desirée Patno introduced MBA COO and Founder of mPower Marcia Davies noting “This is the first time we have had a collective group of women and men from all different industries and this panel is the first time we have had MBA be a part of us.”

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mPower Event at 2018 NAWRB Conference Features First-Ever Male Panelist

mPower will host a leadership panel at the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference on July, 29th in Chicago, IL from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM! This special mPower event will feature discussion about workplace disruptors with both women and men industry experts.This will be the first time a male leader in the real estate finance industry will join an mPower panel—the start of a continued effort by mPower to include more male participants in these important discussions about gender equality!

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First Quarter 2018: MBA Releases Quarterly Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations Index

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has released their Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Mulitfamily Mortgage Bankers Association Originations Index for the first quarter of 2018. While this quarter’s originations were 33 percent lower than fourth quarter of 2017, there was a one percent increase in commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations compared to first quarter 2017.

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MBA’s Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference 2018

Over 800 attendees were part of the MBA’s Independent Mortgage Bankers (IMB) Conference in Amelia Island Florida this week.  The conference set new records of attendance which validates the increasingly important role that independent mortgage bankers, who now represent more than 50 percent of all mortgage originations volume, play in the mortgage market.  The conference breakout sessions focused on providing practical strategies and tips to mortgage bankers that can be applied to strengthen operations, raise awareness of industry/policy trends, and incorporate changes to improve bottom line numbers.  The MBA and many of the industry leaders who were presenting emphasized a continued commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion. It makes good business sense to promote diversity and inclusion as it enhances decision making and helps mortgage bankers meet the needs of an increasingly diverse marketplace.

I was privileged to be invited as a speaker as part of the Business Operations and Compliance track for a session entitled “Three Great Ideas to Tighten Your Operational Efficiency.”  The topic was near and dear to my heart since, through our risk management practice, we see some companies that demonstrate strong operational efficiency and demonstrate industry-leading practices that are worth sharing.  I was thrilled to see many of my former colleagues from companies that I’ve worked for throughout my career in the audience.  The panel discussion was moderated by David Lykken, President of Transformational Mortgage Solutions.  Co-panelists were Frank Fiore, President of Matchbox, Inc and Brent Chandler, Founder & CEO of FormFree.  The panelists led a lively discussion and provided strategies centered on three themes:  Being Proactive, Workflow and Consistency.  The discussion was particularly timely given the challenges many lenders face in this highly-regulated environment with multiple examinations, often concurrently, happening throughout the year.  Regulatory and investor audits can often cause lenders to divert resources and incur additional compliance costs, which can be a challenge to ongoing attempts to maintain operational efficiency. 

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Atlanta, Georgia: Impacting April Events for Women in Housing

Join NAWRB in Atlanta, Georgia from April 11th-14th for a variety of events for women homeowners and professionals in the housing and real estate ecosystem. From the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) For Her Connect 2018 to NAWRB’s Women’s Homeownership: Pathway to Economic Growth, attendees will find incredible opportunities and learn invaluable information regarding for women’s economic growth. Read more to see which events to add to your calendar!

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Marcia Davies and Tujuanna Williams Join NAWRB Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council

Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) today announced the addition of Marcia Davies, Chief Operating Officer of Mortgage Bankers Association and Founder of mPower, and Tujuanna B. Williams, Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Fannie Mae, to its Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC). The Council, founded in 2015, helps raise the number of C-suite women, increase women’s employment at all levels and advance women’s economic growth across the housing and real estate ecosystem.

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mpowering you MBA’s Summit for Women in Real Estate Finance

Nothing says inspiring like 340 women in the real estate finance industry joining together at mPowering You! On October 21st in Denver, Colorado, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) presented mPowering You, an event that will go down in history for this powerful and great organization. “It has never happened at the MBA in our 104-year history,” stated Marcia Davies, COO of MBA. “It’s time to be empowered.”

The conversations and ideas generated within this space fostered networking and powerful narratives, and assisted in the creation of decisive branding and career advancements. Featuring sessions like Know and Grow Your Value and Gender and Generations: Driving New Forms of Leadership, the summit strengthened and showcased the value and power of women.

Attendees heard from successful women in the industry, including Mika Brzezinski, New York Times Best-Selling Author and Co-Host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and Ruth Sherman, Executive Speech Coach & Celebrity Media Trainer, who shared the importance of women knowing their value, mastering their message, owning each moment and unleashing their potential.
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