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Desiree Patno


Desiree Patno is the CEO and President of the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). With over 25 years of real estate business experience, she brings insider knowledge to NAWRB’s mission of advancing women and women-owned businesses in the housing ecosystem.

NAWRB advocates for the increased utilization of women-owned businesses and executive women inclusion. Since 2010, NAWRB has worked hard to bring national awareness of the diverse opportunities provided by the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) which was established by Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Desiree resides on the Leadership Advisory Council for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), as well as Enterprising Women. She won a prestigious Enterprising Women of the Year and Housingwire’s Women of Influence in the Housing Economy awards in 2012 and again in 2016. Recently, she was awarded the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women in Business Champion of the Year and NAWRB is honored to be listed as a Women’s Entrepreneurship Partner for SBA.
NAWRB continues the advocacy for women and women-owned businesses through our annual conferences, international magazine; national speaking engagements; Women in Housing Financial Fitness Road Show; Women’s Homeownership Initiative (WHI); Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC) and Women’s Global Resource Center (NWGRC). In partnership with leading organizations within the housing ecosystem, NAWRB helps connect women with federal and local programs, set-asides, funding options and contracting opportunities to grow their businesses both vertically and horizontally.

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