Diversity & Inclusion Lab

Wednesday, September 25 | 9:30 A.M. – NOON

More than just a corporate objective, inclusivity, when properly implemented, is a positive and effective force for millions of Americans. Featuring powerful presentations and collaborative roundtable discussions, the 2019 Five Star Diversity and Inclusion Lab will serve as a platform for industry leaders to advance the diversity dialogue and promote inclusive business practices to the benefit of individuals, their organizations, and the industry.

Lab Director

Charmaine Brown
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Fannie Mae

As the director in Fannie Mae’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Charmaine Brown is accountable for developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies that meet and exceed Section 1116 of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act. Charmaine’s primary areas of focus are the development of programs and initiatives that expand the capabilities of minorities and women, leveraging Employee Resource Groups to support business goals, and building the capacity of trusted advisers and community-based organizations to expand access to affordable credit for multicultural families.

Charmaine holds a master’s degree from The John Hopkins University, completed the Diversity Management Program at Cornell’s ILR School, and is certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory.

In addition to many organizations Charmaine is a member of, she so sits on the Housing Advisory Board of HomeFree USA and is on the Board of the Northern Virginia Urban League.

Exhibits &

The 2019 Five Star Conference

Diversity & Inclusion Agenda

9:30 A.M. – 9:35 A.M.

Lab Director Introduction

Charmaine Brown – External Outreach and Engagement, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Fannie Mae

9:35 A.M. – 9:50 A.M.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Diverse Hiring in the Workplace

Federal court employment discrimination lawsuits are at an all-time high, are expensive and can affect a company’s reputation and cause irreparable harm to the company. Learn the strategies for success in ensuring that your organizations hiring practices encourage diversity and protect the bottom line.

Randy S. Miller – President, Randall S. Miller and Associates

9:50 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

From the Start: Successfully Recruiting, Developing, Engaging, and Promoting Diverse Talent

Cultivating a pipeline of diverse talent enriches organizational culture and encourages best business practices. What are the steps that your organization should be taking to grow to its full potential?

Charmaine Brown – Director, External Outreach and Engagement, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Fannie Mae

Kelly Bradshaw – Programs Lead, Talent Acquisition, Fannie Mae
Marti Diaz – SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Mortgage Contracting Services
Lola Oyewole – VP, Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Ocwen Financial Corporation
Candace Russell – VP, Post Sale, Carrington Mortgage Services

10:30 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.

Regulation and D&I: An Update From FHFA’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion

Sharron Levine’s leadership as Director of FHFA’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has been instrumental in the creation of OMWIs within both the GSEs and the Federal Home Loan Banks. Levine will discuss how this is creating opportunities within the agencies to expand D&I in all aspects of their business.

Sharron Levine – Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Housing Finance Agency

10:45 A.M. – 11:25 A.M.

Inclusion and Small Business: Incorporating D&I Practices

Many small and medium-sized businesses have not made a sustained formal effort to focus on diversity and inclusion within their organizations. Given the challenges involved, what are some practical steps small businesses can take to develop inclusive practices?

Neil Sherman – Managing Partner, Schneiderman & Sherman, PC

Edmond Buckley – Brand Ambassador, Aspen Grove Solutions

11:25 A.M. – 11:40 A.M.

A Diverse and Sustainable Future: Insights From Fannie Mae’s Appraisal Diversity Pilot

Many of the appraisal industry’s experienced professionals are approaching retirement age. People and communities of color are also underrepresented within this field. Learn what Fannie Mae is doing to raise awareness about careers in the appraisal industry and how they are working to support candidates on their journey to certification.

Jacob Williamson – VP, Single-Family Real Estate, Fannie Mae

11:40 A.M. – NOON

Keynote Address – Diversity on the Hill: House Financial Services D&I Subcommittee Update

Since forming a new subcommittee on diversity and inclusion, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Subcommittee Chairwoman Joyce Beatty have held a series of hearings to address representation of minorities and women in banking and financial services. This presentation will explore what’s next on the legislative front and how your organization can prepare for any changes ahead.

Joseph Vaughan – Managing Director, Federal Government Relations, The Williams Group DC


Closing Remarks

Charmaine Brown – External Outreach and Engagement, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Fannie Mae


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