In the wise words of Beyoncé, “Who runs the world? Girls.” This is the exact type of energy and fervor that fills the award profiles of HousingWire’s 2021 Women of Influence honorees who are featured in this magazine.
Starting on page 28, you’ll see how these 100 women have taken a year that has disproportionately impacted women and defied the odds to set new records in and out of the housing finance space. You’ll also see a lot of firsts in these pages. The first to reimagine a new, more innovative technology, the first to sit on a board and even the first woman CEO of a company.
They all deserve a huge round of applause for their accomplishments over the last year and beyond. My favorite part of this issue is that the excitement that surrounds the 2021 Women of Influence profiles carries well beyond the first feature. Gracing the cover of this month’s magazine, you’ll see Rebecca McDonald, chief product officer at Rocket Mortgage, Pam Perry, Single-Family vice president of Equitable Housing at Freddie Mac, and Hilary Saunders, co-founder and chief broker officer at Side.
When I met these three women in Dallas to shoot for this cover, they easily captivated a room not only because of their welcoming presence but because of the feeling you got being around them and seeing that these are the type of leaders that you hope to become one day. They’re inspirational. My Q&A with the women on the cover starts on page 58, but I’d encourage you to start from page 1 since throughout this whole issue are stories of women making an impact.
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