In an effort to provide women in real estate finance a place to strengthen their network and exchange ideas and information about the industry, the Mortgage Bankers Association has launched a networking platform called mPower, which stands for MBA Promoting Opportunities for Women to Extend their Reach, reports HousingWire staffer Brena Swanson.

Marcia Davies, the MBA’s chief operating officer, said her organization began hosting networking events for women in real estate finance last year. “What started out as a hunch and was tested with a few starting events, we realized very quickly was filling a void,” said Davies. “And the positive feedback we have gotten since clearly indicated that we not only are filing a void, but we also struck a nerve and need that’s out there.”

According to Davies, mPower is designed to recognize and promote the rise of women in the real estate finance industry, as well as the overall workforce. According to the MBA, members can access the platform through this newly created webpage. Once someone joins the networking group, they can receive notices of MBA’s women’s events, gain access to its resources and information, and join their peers in a private, member-only online community.

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