Women Leaders at the Front of the Line – NDILC in the News


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 Leaders at the Front of the Line – NDILC in the News

The NDILC are dedicated to helping raise the number of C-suite women and grow women’s employment at all levels in the housing ecosystem. Read below to find out how our council members are making a difference for women, local communities and the world at large.

Tami Bonnell is CEO of Exit Realty Corp. International, which has donated $300,000 each to victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and $4 million for Habitat for Humanity. The organization pooled these funds for those hit hardest by these natural disasters from their Red Cross disaster relief efforts.


Linda Erkkila is General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Human Resources of Safeguard, a mortgage field services industry leader. Linda’s company has provided outreach and inspected property damage caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate, and the wildfires in California. Safeguard also sent field quality control (FQC) to help heavily-impacted areas in Puerto Rico, supplying satellite Wi-Fi to facilitate communication on the island.


Amy Brandt, President & COO of DocuTech, and Co-Chairwoman of NDILC, has expanded her company by hiring more women for management and executive positions. During her first year working there, DocuTech has experienced a staggering increase in executive women, with female representation rising from 0 to 50 percent!



Desirée Patno, CEO & President of NAWRB, and Chairwoman of NDILC, has brought discussion of women’s economic growth to the forefront as a distinguished speaker at many events, including two events in New York and Miami by DC Finance, an international network of high net worth individuals, family offices and investors; MBA’s D&I Summit in Washington, D.C.; and the 2017 ICOGAS International Conference that took place on the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly and featured a female President and several First Ladies from across the globe.


Vanessa Montanez, Co-Chairwoman of NDILC, has had great success bringing more successful women in the housing ecosystem as part of NAWRB. She has also created a series of multicultural viral videos as Regional VP of Business Development & Talent Acquisition for On Q Financial, one of the top mortgage lenders in the United States, which is focused on bringing more awareness beyond millennials.


About NDILC Dedicated to raising the number of C-suite women and growing women’s employment at all levels in the housing ecosystem. Our Council, comprised of senior executive women, works diligently toward gender equality and obtaining equal opportunity for women in boardrooms and C-suites across America.

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