Katie Van Hook with Continental Real Estate Services will join a distinguished panel of presenters next week in a webinar discussing diversity and inclusion initiatives in your company. The webinar is part of a series made available to the industry by the American Mortgage Diversity Council. CRES leaders currently serve on the Education and Training Committee as well as the Mortgage Banking Relations Committee. Click here to register for the free webinar: REGISTRATION LINK
There is no such thing as too much networking! It was an honor to attend the Pedal the Cause Corporate Challenge breakfast and networking event this morning. Big thanks to World Wide Technology for hosting the event in their stunning corporate headquarters in St. Louis. The morning featured an informative panel of local business leaders and a keynote address from World Wide Technologies CEO, Jim Kavanaugh. CRES strives to create a company culture that gives back to the community through our CRES Cares charity efforts. We left the event very inspired! Thank you to the companies who sponsor Pedal the Cause and hundreds of other great causes!
Continental Real Estate Services recently attended the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) member meeting in Dallas, TX. We’re thrilled to be part of such an important group and we look forward to making some real changes in our industry.
Check out the latest update from the American Mortgage Diversity Council. Continental Real Estate Services proudly serves as a member of the AMDC. We recently attended the member summit in Dallas, Texas where we discussed diversity and inclusion challenges with the industry’s leaders.
Here’s what you’ll find in the latest Spring edition:
• A history of progress – Travel with Kim Morris, SVP Tax Services at Accumatch, as she chronicles 60 years of progress, from Affirmative Action to the inclusion movement of today. Morris acknowledges how government efforts have helped along the way but reminds us of the much more pivotal role community plays in diversity’s progression.
• More to be done – As Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae, sees it, D&I has “…come a long way, baby.” Brown discusses the industry’s evolution from compliance-based inclusion programs to focusing on more bottom-line value adds. Yet despite this growth, she says, there is much work still to be done—and research on the successes of minorities and woman in mortgage proves it.
• Diversifying the workforce – Assimilating those with disabilities into the workforce can lower turnover rates, provide valuable tax credits, and increase loyalty from the customer base. Monika Peltz, SVP of Default Title Operations at First American Mortgage Solutions, provides great insight into this often-overlooked fact.
• Haitian-American home ownership – The plight of Haitian Americans in their pursuit of the American Dream of home ownership is felt by many members of their community. Consolidated Credit Solution’s Maria Gaitan, Director of Housing Counseling, and Meghan Alard, Finance Writer, discuss the challenges many Haitian Americans face because of lower household incomes, higher home prices, insufficient homebuying knowledge, and language barriers.Here’s what you’ll find in the latest briefing…
The winners of this years contest were:
White Chili – Jen Boudreau
Original Red Chili – Joel Arney
Hot Chili – Jenn Swenson
Vegetarian Chili – Beverly Nation
Biggest Loser WINNER!
EASY WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY THIS SUMMER
Choose Fresh: Beware of the working person’s snack trap. It is often easier and cheaper to grab a bag of chips or a candy bar when you’re famished. Instead, try to bring fresh vegetables and/or fruit with you to work. Buy groceries at the beginning of the week and package single servings of your favorite healthy snacks to stash in your desk. Planning ahead is key! Add Greek yogurt and almonds for a boost of iron, calcium and omega-3’s!
Read Labels: We all know many processed foods are not generally good for our health. At times, we can be fooled by packaging that claims, “All natural” or “Low in sugar.” The key to seeing through the packaging comes in the ingredient list – read it. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity, so the greatest quantities come first and the lowest come at the end. If dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, enriched flour or any unknown ingredients are listed near the top, chose something else! If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. If it’s “low sugar” but contains artificial sweetener such as aspartame, skip it. Got a mean sweet tooth? Try honey!