Monday, October 31, 2016

MBA launches networking platform for women in real-estate finance

News from NHC's family of members
by Sarah Bond-Yancey, National Housing Conference


NHC Leadership Circle member The Mortgage Bankers Association recently launched the MBA Promoting Opportunities for Women to Extend their Reach (mPower) networking platform, to help women in the real-estate finance industry network, achieve professional growth and share industry information and ideas.

The mPower platform includes an online networking group, informational resources and a members-only online community. It also provides notices about MBA’s in-person and online women’s events such as the Women in Mortgage Banking Networking Event Featuring MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, a networking opportunity at MBA's Annual Convention, which focused on empowering women to express their professional worth.

“mPower is designed to recognize and promote the rise of women in the real estate finance industry, as well as the overall workforce," said Chief Operating Officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association, Marcia Davies, in a press release. "Our goal is to provide information, events and a networking platform to help women maximize their overall potential."

While women remain underrepresented in many industries, programs like MBA’s mPower platform help create spaces and provide resources for women to succeed.

NHC has collaborated with MBA on several occasions, including advocating for employer-assisted housing and researching options for a durable housing finance system through NHC’s Housing Mortgage Working Group. At NHC’s upcoming Solutions for Affordable Housing conference, MBA’s Steve O’Connor will be joining us for a closing plenary on housing finance reform. Learn more about Solutions for Affordable Housing or register here.

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