Conference Speakers

August 4-7, 2019

The Langham Huntington


Marcia Davies

Chief Operating Officer of Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and Founder of mPower

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Christina K. Boyle

Chief Client Officer, Single-Family Business, Freddie Mac

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Hyepin Im

President/CEO & Founder

Faith and Community Empowerment 

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Dr. Chitra Dorai

Computer Scientist, Data Science and AI Expert, Founder and CEO, Amicus Brain Innovations Inc.

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Teresa Palacios Smith

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, HSF Affiliates LLC

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Desiree Patno

CEO NAWRB, Chairwoman NDILC, Advisor Amicus Brain, CSO ZuluTime, Speaker, Award Winning Publisher, CEO Desiree Patno Enterprises, Inc., Social Impact Leader  

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Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO, 2020 Women on Boards,

CEO, Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search

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Brett Danaher

Assistant Professor of Economics and Management Science at Chapman University

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Vanessa Dawson

Founder & CEO The Vinetta Project

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Connie St. John

President and CEO of

No Weapon Productions (NWP)

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Nicole Cober

Principal Managing Partner of Cober Johnson and Romney (CJR), Legal Analyst, DC Fox News, Board Member, National Women's Business Council (NWBC)

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Rachel Beam-Jares

Field Manager - Valuation Department, Fannie Mae

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Saul Schwartz

Director, Office of Minority & Women Inclusion, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 

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Scharrell Jackson

Partner, Chief Operating Officer| Chief Financial Officer at Squar Milner LLP, CEO & Founder, Leadership in Heels 

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Vanessa Montanez

VP- Sales and Business Development Manager, National Specialized Sales & Strategic Markets at US Bank Home Mortgages

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Erica Courtney 

President of 2020vet and Zulu Time   U.S. Army Aviation Major,

NATO Gender Advisor

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Helene Schneider

Regional Coordinator

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

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Teresa Bryce Bazemore


Bazemore Consulting LLC

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Tami Bonnell


EXIT Realty Corp International

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Hope Atuel

Executive Director

Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)

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Dr. Alexis Crow

Lead, Geopolitical Investing practice, PwC; Senior Fellow, Columbia Business School; Global Business and Economics, Atlantic Council

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Terry Bayer

California Water Service Group

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Marina DeWit

Region 9 Advocate for 

SBA Office of Advocacy

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Michelle C. Corridon

Deputy Director

USDA Rural Development

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Wendy Craft

Chief of Staff

Fulcrum Equities, LLC

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Kamal Latham

Chief Executive Officer

U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA)

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Debbie Hoffman

Founder & CEO

Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

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Jean Bradley

VP, Strategic Business Development

Essent Guaranty, Inc. 

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Brian DeLucia

Managing Partner of 

Arrivato LLC

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Terri Billups

Los Angeles District Office SBA

Assistant District Director, Economic Development 

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Cynthia Blanchard

President of Anthem Vault, Inc., AnthemGold, Inc., and Hercules, SEZC 

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Veronica Miracle

Reporter, ABC7 Eyewitness News

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John Figueroa

CEO & Managing Partner of Bailey Cavan Capital LLC, former CEO & Board member of Genoa Healthcare, former CEO & remains Chairman of Apria Healthcare Group Inc.

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Zeeda M. Daniele 

President & Owner

Central Park Promotions Inc. 

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Cindy D. Brittain

Partner at

KattenMuchinRosenman LLP

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Marina B. Walsh

Vice President, Industry Analysis Research and Economics

Mortgage Bankers Association

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Anne Miskey

Chief Executive Officer of Union Station Homeless Services, serving Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley

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Marlene Nantell

Director of Business Development for Southern California Minority Supplier Developer Council

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Debra Cherry

Executive VP of Alzheimer's Los Angeles and clinical psychologist 

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Past NAWRB Conference Speakers:

Sharon Asar, Deputy Ombudsman, CFPB Ombudsman’s Office  

Victor Christiansen, Chief of Minority and Women Business and Diversity Inclusion Branch of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion,

Melanie Gass, Sr. Partner Channel Marketing Manager SMB&D, USSMB Business Development, Microsoft 

Stuart Ishimaru, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  

John Moon, District Manager, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Cheryl Travis-Johnson, COO, VRM Mortgage Services 

Sharron P. A. Levine, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)

Diana Mendley Rauner, First Lady of Illinois

Sarah Goldfrank, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Fannie Mae  

David Hrobon, President and CEO, Wintrust Mortgage 

Tamara King, VP of Residential Policy and Member Engagement, Mortgage Business Association 

Karen Przypyszny, Managing Director of Special Initiatives at the National Equity Fund  

Deborah Baldwin, Deputy Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI)  

James K. Joseph, Region V, FEMA 

Quinn Palomino, CEO, majority shareholder and member of the Board of Managers of Virtua International Holdings  

Gail E. Bellefontaine, COO – Herbert Landy Insurance Agency Inc.