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Conference Speakers

August 4-7, 2019

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

Marcia Davies

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Chief Client Officer, Single-Family Business, Freddie Mac

Christina K. Boyle

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President/CEO & Founder

Faith and Community Empowerment 

Hyepin Im


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

Dr. Chitra Dorai


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Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, HSF Affiliates LLC

Teresa Palacios Smith


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

Desiree Patno

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CEO, 2020 Women on Boards,

CEO, Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

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Assistant Professor of Economics and Management Science at Chapman University

Brett Danaher


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Founder & CEO The Vinetta Project

Vanessa Dawson


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President and CEO of

No Weapon Productions (NWP)

Connie St. John

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

Nicole Cober


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Field Manager - Valuation Department, Fannie Mae

Rachel Beam-Jares

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

Saul Schwartz

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

Scharrell Jackson

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

Vanessa Montanez


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

NATO Gender Advisor

Erica Courtney 

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Regional Coordinator

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

Helene Schneider


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EXIT Realty Corp International

Tami Bonnell

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Executive Director

Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)

Hope Atuel

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

Dr. Alexis Crow

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Region 9 Advocate for 

SBA Office of Advocacy

Marina DeWit

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Deputy Director

USDA Rural Development

Michelle C. Corridon

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Chief Executive Officer

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

Kamal Latham

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Founder & CEO

Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

Debbie Hoffman

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VP, Strategic Business Development

Essent Guaranty, Inc. 

Jean Bradley

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Los Angeles District Office SBA

Assistant District Director, Economic Development 

Terri Billups

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

Cynthia Blanchard

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

John Figueroa

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President & Owner

Central Park Promotions Inc. 

Zeeda M. Daniele 

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Vice President, Industry Analysis Research and Economics

Mortgage Bankers Association

Marina B. Walsh

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

Anne Miskey

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Director of Business Development for Southern California Minority Supplier Developer Council

Marlene Nantell

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Executive VP of Alzheimer's Los Angeles and clinical psychologist 

Debra Cherry

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.