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“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.”
–Maya Angelou
Learn more about Karen...
Karen started her mortgage career on April Fool’s Day, 1972, which means she has been in some aspect of the mortgage business for almost 50 years. Twenty-eight of those years were originating mortgages, and 22 were teaching loan officers how to market themselves and create their own leads. In addition to originating, Karen owned a real estate company and an appraisal firm and co-owned a mortgage company with a large builder. She currently works with mortgage associations and mortgage companies to help them find speakers for their events through her speakers’ platform, Karen is semi-retired now and has written five books, received a ton of awards, served on 11 boards of directors, and volunteers for women’s causes. Her great achievement was raising a husband and two awesome and successful children.
"If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." - Andrew Whitby
Learn more about Brittany
Brittany Boudreaux is always looking for ways to encourage and grow everyone around her whether on a business level or personal level. She is actively involved in various organizations in the Louisiana Mortgage lenders market and has been recognized as a top producer year after year throughout her career. Besides being a role model for women within the industry she is an amazing mother of three who ably shows others how to find a balance between work and business. Brittany's proven vision is to demonstrate women can have amazing careers while being active and present within their families. Brittany is a strong mentor, always willing to take women under her wing to support and push them to be the best they can be. Her vision includes growing the Baton Rouge Market and beyond by developing new loan officers into the best producers in the business built on honesty, relationships, and showing excellent customer service. Brittany is the first person willing to help others succeed. She believes overall success is determined by drive and grit. Her ability to build relationships is incredible and her love for helping others is noticeable in every conversation. Brittany's influence and reputation are evident by the outstanding respect others have for her.
Seek to grow as a leader, as a recruiter, as a mentor to other originators, and the opportunities are endless.
Learn more about Cindy...
Cindy Ertman is a true servant leader. Founder of a successful coaching and training company, this award-winning industry leader has dedicated her life to empowering the growth of others. Cindy has a track record of helping high achievers shift the way they view the world to expand their vision of possibilities. Having managed a branch for over 30 years and helped build a sizable region while being one of the nation’s top mortgage originators and raising three children, Cindy understands the challenges women face and realizes it’s not easy to do it all. She shares the practices she implemented to build a very successful business while allowing her to have a happy life with her family as well. She loves helping originators get clear on their greatest strengths and helps them shine a brighter light on their gifts to build deep relationships with their referral partners. Cindy recognizes a great need for female leadership in the mortgage industry. As a coach, she helps female leaders manage their path to becoming great leaders and believes many companies are finally seeing the need to support the growth of female leadership in a bigger way. Cindy’s goal is to help others gain more out of life by making powerful, intentional choices to propel their income and achieve their peak performance and build connected referral relationships to accelerate their success.
Every positive thought is a silent prayer that will change your life.
Learn more about Sue...
Sue Woodard exemplifies a woman with a vision. She champions women coming up through the ranks. She opens doors for many women leaders on the rise and does so with kindness and encouragement. She fearlessly leads by example and is a shining example of a woman making a difference. Sue began her career at the ground level in financial services, navigated the steps to become a top-producing originator, then leveraged her knowledge to become a highly acclaimed industry speaker, subject matter expert, and technology executive. Sue is a keynote lecturer who has presented at many national conventions and won numerous industry accolades. Helping lenders and their mortgage loan officers better serve their clients and achieve greater productivity and success has long been her passion. Sue is highly regarded in the industry for her integrity, work ethic, and thought leadership which has helped her build amazing, long-term relationships in the mortgage space into the financial services arena and beyond. Sue Woodard’s vision is deceptively simple: For all women to help others who are coming up the ranks to hold and achieve their own vision of hope and accomplishment.
"I raise up my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back."
- Malala Yousafzai
Learn more about Megan...
Megan is always going above and beyond. A public relations expert, Megan has been in the mortgage field for six years. She educates and empowers others with her market and social media knowledge which enables us to feel more confident and comfortable in taking action and reaching our goals. Megan is a shining example of how women can have a voice in this space. In 2020, Megan was recognized by HousingWire and received their Women of Influence Award. Megan’s vision is for women in this industry to come together to feel heard, supported, and empowered to reach any goal they set for themselves.
“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.”
- Sabrina Bryan
Learn more about Paola...
Paola Colina exemplifies hard work, dedication, and compassion. She inspires her team to reach higher for their goals and to master new skills continuously. She believes in professional development, to help her grow and to grow collectively as a team. Paola has been in the industry since 2003 and understands the different cycles of the mortgage world. She uses her knowledge to implement new strategies and procedures and understands evolving is key to success. Her tenacity makes Paola a great leader in our industry. Paola is a two-time recipient of the Women with Vision award. She has been nominated and won the Game Changer award at First Option, a nomination by her coworkers, which shows the love and support she receives from the team. Dolly Parton’s quote can best describe Paola’s vision, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”
“It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you – always.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Learn more about Patty...
A career veteran in the predominantly male-dominated banking industry for 40 years, Patty continues to make the dream of homeownership a reality, especially for underserved communities She is the owner and operator of the largest Hispanic woman-owned private mortgage company, in the nation. Patty says, “it all started with a vision and continues to grow daily.” Among her celebrated credits, she became a member of Forbes 50 Over 50 2022 within the Money category. Patty has also been recognized as an Entrepreneurial Icon and one of the Most Powerful Latinas by the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) in 2022. She values this as an incredible honor because she has made a career commitment to creating sustainable homeownership opportunities in underserved communities. Patty hopes to see more women founders and CEOs from diverse backgrounds owning their own mortgage companies. “Mortgage is about welcoming a diverse group of borrowers, and office demographics should match customer base.” Patty’s company has thousands of employees, and more than half of them are women because they see themselves in leadership at New American Funding (NAF); if they can see it, they can be it! Patty says, “the future of mortgage leadership is FEMALE!” New American Funding was recently ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction among Mortgage Services in J.D. Power’s 2022 Survey. This achievement results from Patty’s belief in helping all families and individuals, regardless of their backgrounds, achieve the American Dream of homeownership.