FHFA’s Office of Minority & Women Inclusion Releases Strategic Plan

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has just released its strategic plan for increasing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in housing finance for years 2019-2021. The FHFA outlines three goals to help fulfill its equal employment opportunity (EEO) mission and increasing D&I efforts at the Enterprises, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Bank System, comprising 11 Banks and the Office of Finance. The plan also includes how the FHFA will support D&I in the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) and the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.

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NAWRB Conference Interview with Victor Christiansen, FDIC, OMWI

NAWRB: For those who might not know, describe what you do.

I work in the Office of Women and Minority Inclusion and I’m a branch chief. The branch is called Minority and Women in Business Diversity Inclusion branch.

NAWRB: Where did your career begin?

I started in the general accounting office which is now the Government Accountability Office, the GAO, and I worked at the Department of the Interior for many years. Then, in 2012, I came to the FDIC.

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2018 Live Conference Updates: OMWI/Procuring Contracts

Procuring contracts may not sound the most glamorous of topics, however, this panel was not only information-packed but all of our speakers from government and local agencies made themselves incredibly accessible to our attendees. Continue reading

2018 NAWRB Conference Live Updates: SHETalk Sharron P.A. Levine, Dr. Chitra Dorai & Dottie Herman

We kicked off the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women,” this morning with three inspiring SHETalks by Sharron P.A. Levine, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA); Dr. Chitra Dorai, Former IBM Fellow and Master Inventor; and Dottie Herman, CEO of Douglas Elliman. All of these thought leaders and business owners delivered enlightening sound bites of important issues affecting the industry, such as opportunities for women in housing as professionals and consumers, Technology Human Balance and the rules for building a successful business.

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Women-Focused Diversity & Inclusion Experts at 2018 NAWRB Conference

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) will be one of the many topics addressed at the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women,” this weekend on July 29th-31st in Chicago, IL, at The Standard Club. Attendees will witness informative discussions about D&I in different industries in the housing ecosystem, from workplace disruptors and supplier diversity to procuring contracts and unspoken issues impacting women. Our speakers come from well-known corporations and government entities, and they are influential leaders in their fields. As you organize your time at the conference, make sure to check out these pivotal D&I panels.

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SEC Invites Regulated Entities to Submit Diversity Self-Assessments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) is inviting regulated entities to submit voluntary self-assessments of their diversity policies and practices for the Diversity Assessment Report. The report will supplement the Joint Standard interagency policy statement, released in 2015, which aims to establish standards for assessing diversity and inclusion efforts.

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FHFA Releases Strategic Plan for OMWI

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) just released a strategic plan for the success and advancement of its Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI). The plan covers fiscal years 2016-2018 and delineates the ways OMWI will uphold diversity and inclusion stipulations outlined in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Continue reading