Senior Executives & Media Experts Discuss Humility, Human Connection

Senior executives and media industry experts joined in an honest, heartfelt conversation about the importance of humility and human connection for professionalism and their eye-opening experiences maintaining a work-life balance, during a keynote luncheon during the 2019 NAWRB Conference in Pasadena, CA. 

The panel was moderated by Dr. Alexis Crow, Lead, Geopolitical Investing Practice, PwC, Senior Fellow, Columbia Business School; Global Business and Economics, Atlantic Council. She was joined by Veronica N. Miracle, Reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News; Vanessa Nicole Dawson, Founder of The Vinetta Project and Contributor at Forbes; Nicole Cober, Legal Analyst of DC Fox News and Board Member of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC); Connie St. John, President and CEO of No Weapon Productions (NWP); and Desirée Patno, CEO & President of NAWRB. 

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NDILC Women Leadership Principle #5: Know Yourself with Council Member Marcia Davies

NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) recently introduced their Ten Women Leadership Principles, which they collectively created to help women in the workforce become more effective leaders at any stage of their careers, and empower other women to reach their full potential. This is a universal guide for all levels of leadership, and any woman can benefit from applying them. This week, NDILC presents the fifth principle, “Know Yourself” shared with a personal story by NDILC Member Marcia Davies, COO of Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and Founder of mPower.  

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Women in Real Estate: Leading the Charge Toward Equal Access and a Level Playing Field

Desirée Patno has led women toward leadership and success throughout her three-decade career. As president and CEO of Desirée Patno, Inc. and founder of Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB), Patno leads the charge toward equal access for women and a level playing field for all.

“We have to look at this not as a feminist movement, or something in which there are too many movements because it becomes a ‘kitchen sink’ kind of thing, but more of an equal access thing,” says Patno. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman, if you’re a person of color, if you’re a Caucasian man, as long as we all have access to equality so that the best person gets the best job. This way, we will be able to achieve a better equilibrium.”

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Know an Incredible Woman Preserving the Quality of Life During COVID-19?

There are so many incredible women in the world working on the frontlines of the coronavirus response, from running errands for our families, to providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers  and saving the lives of those we hold dear. Who is a woman hero who touched your heart? Submit her story to be considered as part of NAWRB’s Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 1, “Essential Women Preserving Quality of Life”! 

We are accepting submissions for  “essential women” by April 5th, 2020. Email your submission to of up to 300 words, accompanied by pictures, name and position. (Space is limited to 20 women).

Last year, we launched our new “Quality of Life” NAWRB Magazine layout for the greater housing and real estate ecosystem. It could not be more timely as we deal with a global pandemic, shelter-in-place orders, and general economic uncertainty. We are always looking for incredible stories and additional advertisers. For those interested in advertising, our media kit is linked at the bottom of our website magazine page.

Stay Home, Save Lives & Keep Smiling!

Equal Pay Day is March 31st: COVID-19 is Exacerbating the Gender Pay Gap

Yesterday, March 31st, 2020, marked Equal Pay Day, a day representing how far into the new year women have to work to earn the same amount of money men did the previous year. Almost four months into 2020 women finally equaled men’s 2019 earnings, due to the pervasive gender pay gap that results in women earning approximately 82 cents to every man’s dollar, which equates to a loss of $407,760 over a 40-year career. For women of color, this is a loss of nearly or over $1 million.

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WHER Chat: 50 Percent of Global Managers at Unilever are Women

London-based consumer goods based company Unilever announced significant achievements they have made towards reaching gender parity among their global managers. According to their announcement on March 3, 2020, women now make up 50 percent of management globally at their company. This figure has increased 12 percent since ten years ago, when women made up 38 percent off management.

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NDILC Celebrates International Women’s Day: Inclusion Isn’t Enough, Press for Parity

NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2020, a worldwide global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. As part of Women’s History Month—which stems from a group of New York women factory workers protesting for better working conditions on this day in 1857—March 8th was first recognized and observed as International Women’s Day in 1909. 

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Women’s History Month 2020 Celebrates “Valiant Women of the Vote”

The month of March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the central role of women in American history. Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week in 1981 and was observed as such until 1986. Beginning in 1987, resulting from petitions from the National Women’s History Project, Congress extended the week to a month. Every year, Congress passes a resolution for Women’s History Month, and the president issues a proclamation.

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Nominations Open: 2020 NAWRB Leadership Awards – Symposium: Women’s Equality in the New Century

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the 2020 NAWRB Leadership Awards, honoring women leaders in the housing ecosystem who are utilizing their expertise and passion to break glass ceilings in the corporate world and facilitate the growth of their local communities. Award winners will receive their awards during the 2020 NAWRB Symposium, “Women’s Equality in the New Century,” on September 29th, 2020 at the Resort of Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, California.

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WHER Chat: Gender Wage Gap Narrows as Women Acquire Highly Sought-After Skills

According to a recent report by the Pew Research Center, women are making gains in the workplace as they continue to meet the demand of specific skill sets from employers by gaining more skills and earning higher levels of education. Employers in the United States are commonly pursuing workers with social skills, including the art of negotiation and persuasion, as well as fundamental skills in critical thinking and writing. Female workers who meet these requirements are rising, and these types of jobs also pay more, which is contributing to the narrowing wage gap.  Continue reading