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News Briefs: Women of Influence Announced, New Accelerator For Female Entrepreneurs Accepting Applications And More


Women of Influence

Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the nation, congratulates Vice President of Mortgage Lending Dianne Crosby and Executive Vice President Lizzie Garner for being honored as HousingWire’s Women of Influence.

The award is bestowed annually to high-achieving women who work to push the U.S. housing economy forward and make notable contributions to both their businesses and to the industry at-large. The Women of Influence award honors “the shapers, the changers, the ones who are making a difference in the housing industry and paving the path for others to follow.”

President’s Award

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) will honor multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress Brandy with the BMI President’s Award at its 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Aug. 29.  The private event, held at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President Creative (Atlanta), Catherine Brewton.

“As a singer/songwriter, actress and humanitarian, Brandy is a triple threat in every sense of the word,” said Brewton. “Her timeless hits about love and heartbreak were anthems to many coming of age during the 90s and secured her place in R&B history.” Brewton added, “We are so excited to honor Brandy with the BMI President’s Award and look forward to celebrating a night of great music.”



R2C Group is officially launching SheScales: a first-of-its-kind, women-led performance marketing accelerator that empowers female entrepreneurs to scale fearlessly. R2C will provide performance marketing, brand strategy and research, as well as creative expertise to SheScales participants.

SheScales was born from CEO and co-founder Michelle Cardinal’s entrepreneurial success and the strong desire to mentor and support other female founders to find that same success. SheScales will launch officially on Aug. 20. Applications are open now.

Strategy Investments

The Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025.

Ralph Goodale, minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Regina–Wascana, on behalf of the Mary Ng, minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced an investment of $4,648,377 in women entrepreneurs and organizations supporting women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan.

Kindbody San Francisco

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Dr. Lynn Westphal, Kindbody Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Serena Dovey, Kindbody REI at the Kindbody Fertility Pop-Up

Kindbody, a provider of women’s healthcare services, opened in San Francisco on July 24 with its mobile pop-up and brick-and-mortar locations. The company provides a full-suite of gynecological and fertility treatments including egg freezing, IUI, IVF including third-party reproduction for same-sex couples. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lynn Westphal, who joined Kindbody earlier this year from Stanford University School of Medicine, is based in the Bay Area and will continue to provide clinical practice leadership nationally as well as seeing patients in San Francisco, alongside Dr. Serena Dovey, who recently relocated to San Francisco from the University of Colorado. Together, they have more than three decades of experience.

“I’m proud to be part of a team of women who are redesigning healthcare for women. I’ve seen firsthand how it resonates with women at our locations in Manhattan, so I’m delighted to be bringing it to my hometown,” said Dr. Westphal. Adding, “As a Stanford professor for many years, I’m passionate about educating and empowering patients to make the best decisions about their own health. By designing new products like our proprietary electronic medical records, we can provide more transparency and help everyone understand their journey.”

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