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The Keystones Return, Recognizing Excellence in Industry Women Leaders

On April 1, the Five Star Conference opened the nominations for the second annual Keystone Awards, which recognize the achievements of the women leaders who are shaping the housing and mortgage industries.

The nomination period, which runs through June 3, allows for industry professionals to honor their women colleagues and associates with consideration for these prestigious awards. The finalists will be announced in the September issue of MReport, and the award recipients will then be announced at the 2019 Women in Housing Leadership Awards Banquet, hosted during the 16th Five Star Conference and Expo, happening September 23–25 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas. The recipients will also be featured in the October issue of MReport.

“The Keystones honor the contributions of women who exemplify characteristics that strengthen and support the industry through their leadership,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO of Five Star Global. “These leaders are mentoring and shaping the careers of professionals and driving progress for the mortgage industry.”

“We are excited to announce the second annual Keystone Awards that recognize women whose efforts have had a powerful and positive impact on the industry,” said Rachel Williams, Editor-in-Chief of Publications at the Five Star Institute. “I look forward to many industry professionals nominating their women colleagues and associates for this honor and covering both the nominees and award recipients in the pages of MReport magazine.”

Colleagues can nominate their peers in the following categories for this year’s Keystones:

Rising Business Leader: The award recognizes young women leaders who, while still early in their careers, have demonstrated an outstanding capability to lead and drive progress. Courtney Thompson, Director, Default Oversight and Operations, Flagstar Bank, received the Keystone in this category in 2018.

Cultural Leader: This category honors industry leaders who have successfully fostered forward-thinking company cultures and workplaces (minimum of 10 years' consecutive industry experience). Charmaine Brown, Diversity Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Fannie Mae, took home the Cultural Leader Award in 2018.

Community Leadership: The award acknowledges individuals who displayed tremendous leadership and cooperation in local communities (minimum of 10 years' consecutive industry experience). Miriam Moore, Division President, ServiceLink, received the Keystone for this category last year.

Diversity & Inclusion: This category celebrates those who have successfully broken barriers and helped lead the charge in developing a diverse workplace culture (minimum of 10 years' consecutive industry experience). Last year’s Keystone recipient of the Diversity and Inclusion Award was Susan Somersille Johnson, CMO, SunTrust.

The Laurie A. Maggiano Legacy Award: The award recognizes women whose accomplishments have left an indelible impact on the industry and positively influenced homeownership nationwide (minimum 20 years' consecutive industry experience). Marcia Davies, COO, Mortgage Bankers Association, received this award in 2018.

Do you know a woman leader worthy of recognition? Click below to place your nomination.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and editor. A former Online Editor and currently a reporter for MReport, she is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.

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